Saturday, April 21, 2018
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Islanders need OT for first win

NEW YORK — Josh Bailey scored 54 seconds into overtime to give the Islanders a 3-2 victory over the Ducks in their home opener Sunday night.

Brock Nelson and John Tavares scored for the Islanders, and Jaroslav Halak stopped 24 shots to get New York its first win of the season after opening with two road losses.

Cam Fowler and Ryan Getzlaf scored in the third period for the Ducks, and John Gibson finished with 27 saves. Anaheim fell to 0-3-0 on its season-opening five-game trip.

The Ducks, who played in Pittsburgh the night before, trailed 2-0 in the third. Fowler halved the deficit at 8:31 when his wrist shot deflected off Islanders defenseman Thomas Hickey's skate and over Halak's shoulder. Then, with the Ducks using six skaters with the goalie pulled, Getzlaf tied it with 1 minute left in regulation when his one-timer went inside the right post on Halak's blocker side.

Game highlights: Ryan O'Reilly had two goals and two assists, and the Sabres pounded the host Oilers 6-2 for their first win of the season. Benoit Pouliot and Milan Lucic scored for the Oilers, who had won back-to-back games to start the season.

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