Islanders' defensemen score 5 goals in rout of Ducks

Islanders’ defensemen score 5 goals in rout of Ducks

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NEW YORK — Defensemen Scott Mayfield and Robin Salo both scored twice, Anders Lee had three assists and Ilya Sorokin made 22 saves as the New York Islanders routed the Anaheim Ducks 7-1 on Saturday night for their first win of the season.

Oliver Wahlstrom, Noah Dobson and Anthony Beauvillier also scored for the Islanders, who are 5-0-2 in their last seven home games against Anaheim.

Sorokin’s shutout bid was spoiled at 1:29 of the third period on a goal by Troy Terry, his third of the young season.

Mayfield opened the scoring at 10:34 of the first, sliding the puck past Ducks goalie John Gibson from in close on a feed from Lee. Beauvillier also assisted.

Dobson made it 2-0 with his second goal of the season at 12:08 of the first. Dobson also scored New York’s lone goal in Thursday’s season-opening 3-1 loss to Florida.

Dobson’s tally was the 19th career goal for the 22-year-old defenseman, a first-round draft pick by the Islanders in 2018. Only four defensemen in franchise history – Denis Potvin, Bryan Berard, Tomas Jonsson and Paul Boutilier – scored more goals than Dobson before their 23rd birthdays.

The Islanders outshot the Ducks 14-6 in the first and held a 13-9 shots advantage in the second while scoring three more times.

Wahlstrom, making his regular-season debut, increased the margin to 3-0 at 5:34 of the middle period, beating Gibson on a breakaway. Jean-Gabriel Pageau assisted.

Mayfield made it 4-0 at 12:55, with assists to Mathew Barzal and Zach Parise, before Beauvillier scored his first at 14:27. Lee and Ryan Pulock assisted.

Salo scored at 13:03 of the third with assists to Lee and Barzal, then got his second of the game at 19:02.

The Ducks started a five-game road trip that includes visits to the New York Rangers, New Jersey Devils, Boston and Detroit.

Anaheim won its season opener Wednesday, 5-4 over Seattle. Terry, who led the Ducks in goals and points last season, had two goals and an assist.

Islanders right wing Cal Clutterbuck played after missing the opener and was reunited with linemates Casey Cizikas and Matt Martin, who assisted on Dobson’s goal. The longtime trio, as they often do, took the opening faceoff.


New York forward Josh Bailey played his 995th career game as he moves closer to joining Bryan Trottier (1,123) and Denis Potvin (1,060) as the only Islanders to reach that total. The 33-year-old Bailey is in his 15th season with the team, which ties Potvin and Trottier for most by an Islanders skater.

NOTES: The teams meet again March 15 in Anaheim, California. … The Islanders placed defenseman Sebastian Aho (upper body) on injured reserve and scratched forwards Kieffer Bellows, Ross Johnston and Nikita Soshnikov. … The Ducks scratched forward Brett Leason and defensemen Nathan Beaulieu and Colton White.


Ducks: Visit the New York Rangers on Monday night.

Islanders: Host the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday night.

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