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Islanders Top Ducks as Clutterbuck Scores 2 and Lehner Allows None

Islanders Top Ducks as Clutterbuck Scores 2 and Lehner Allows None


UNIONDALE, N.Y. — Cal Clutterbuck scored twice in the first period and Robin Lehner made 19 saves on Sunday as the Islanders won their fifth in a row, 3-0, over Anaheim at Nassau Coliseum.

The victory was the 15th in 18 games for the Islanders, who have surged past Washington and Columbus into first place in the Metropolitan Division over the past month. The Islanders have one game remaining, Tuesday at Chicago, before the All-Star break.

Clutterbuck opened the scoring at 4 minutes 50 seconds of the first with a power-play goal. He completed a slick passing sequence by whipping the puck from the slot past the former Islanders goaltender Chad Johnson. It was the sixth consecutive game in which the Islanders scored first.

Josh Bailey and Anthony Beauviller assisted. Bailey moved past Bob Nystrom on the team’s career assists list with 279 and into a tie with Pat LaFontaine for 12th place. Bailey, who is tied with Anders Lee for the team lead in points with 37, has three goals and three assists in last seven games.

Clutterbuck scored again from a nearly identical spot midway through the first for his sixth goal of the season.

Clutterbuck, in his sixth season with the Islanders, also scored in Friday’s 2-0 win at Washington, which moved the Islanders past the Capitals into the division lead.

Leo Komarov scored his sixth of the season with 29 seconds remaining in the second period.

The Islanders are 12-2-0 since the rookie defenseman Devon Toews, who assisted on Komarov’s goal, joined the lineup for the first time on Dec 23.

Lehner, who leads the league in goals against average, won for the 11th time in his last 12 games. He improved to 15-7-3 over all with his third shutout.

The Islanders have allowed one or no goals 16 times this season, including each of their last four games. They have surrendered two goals or fewer in nine of their last 12.

The Islanders held the Capitals and the Devils to less than 20 shots in their previous two wins, and then did it again against the Ducks, who came in with a two-game winning streak after losing their previous 12.



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