New York, same re­sult for Canucks

Van­cou­ver drops 3 dur­ing New York stop; to end trip in Nashville vs. Preda­tors

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NEW YORK — Coach Doug Weight knows his New York Is­lan­ders have shown they are a good team through the first part of the sea­son. He still sees room for im­prove­ment. “We can get bet­ter,” Doug Weight said af­ter the New York Is­lan­ders’ 5-2 win over the Van­cou­ver Canucks on Tues­day night.

Calvin de Haan and Jor­dan Eberle scored goals one minute apart in the first pe­riod, An­drew Ladd, An­ders Lee and John Tavares also scored goals for New York, and rookie cen­tre Mathew Barzal recorded the pri­mary as­sist on Eberle’s goal.

Eberle now has goals in three straight games and recorded his 400th NHL point as New York im­proved to 15-7-2 over­all and 8-0-2 at Bar­clays Cen­ter.

“It’s part of the learn­ing curve in fig­ur­ing out what we need to do, night in and night out to win hockey games or to give our­selves the best chance to win,” Ladd said. “We’ve done that the last lit­tle while.”

Jaroslav Halak made 22 saves for the Is­lan­ders.

Whereas the Is­lan­ders were brim­ming with con­fi­dence, the Canucks are look­ing for an­swers af­ter drop­ping to 11-10-4 with its third straight loss, all to the three teams in the New York City area.

“It’s frus­trat­ing,” said Bo Hor­vat, who along with for­mer Is­lan­der Thomas Vanek scored for the Canucks.

An­ders Nils­son stopped 31 shots. “You’re not play­ing the way you have to be the last three games. It hurts in the stand­ings. The di­vi­sion is so tight. And we need all the wins we can get.”

The game was the first NHL meet­ing for Barzal and Canucks rookie right winger Brock Boeser. Barzal en­tered the game with 23 points (six goals and 17 as­sists) in 23 games while Bowser had 22 points (11 goals and 11 as­sists) in 21 games. Barzal fin­ished with an as­sist while Boeser did not record a point.

“I met him a cou­ple years ago at the (draft) com­bine,” Barzal said of Boeser. “Re­ally nice kid. Hav­ing a heck of a sea­son so it was fun com­pet­ing against him. He’s a heck of a player and hope he has a good sea­son.”

For all in­tents and pur­poses, New York put the game away in the open­ing pe­riod as the Is­lan­ders went into the first in­ter­mis­sion with a 3-1 lead, thanks to de Haan’s first of the year with 3:18 left in the pe­riod and Eberle’s 10th of the sea­son ex­actly one minute later.

In­stead of sit­ting on their two-goal lead, New York kept at­tack­ing in the sec­ond pe­riod, and it paid off when Lee scored his 13th of the sea­son at 3:46. Van­cou­ver cut the deficit in half on Hor­vat’s short­handed goal at 6:33.

“It was 3-1 af­ter the first and I didn’t think we played that bad. They sec­ond they dom­i­nated us,” Canucks de­fence­man Chris Tanev said. “We didn’t re­ally push back.”

New York never trailed as Ladd opened the scor­ing with his 6th goal of the sea­son on short­handed break­away at 5:16. Vanek tied the game with his sixth on the power play 58 sec­onds later with a tap-in.

Tavares’ goal 13:35 into the third ended the scor­ing.

New York out­shot Van­cou­ver, 36-24. The Canucks fin­ished the game 1 for 2 on the power play, and killed all three Is­lan­ders power plays.

“They’re a good team. They cre­ate a lot with their speed and their skill and their de­fence be­ing part of the at­tack,” Canucks coach Travis Green said of the Is­lan­ders, be­fore as­sess­ing his team. “We had some guys who looked a lit­tle tired. We didn’t play quick enough. When you don’t play quick you don’t put your­self in po­si­tions to de­fend. You don’t take away time and space. “We de­served to lose.” NOTES — Daniel Sedin did not record a point and re­mains stuck on 998 for his ca­reer. His brother Hen­rik is the only player in Canucks his­tory to record 1,000 points with the team . ... The game was the first against the Is­lan­ders for Travis Green as coach of the Canucks. Green, 46, played 388 games over six sea­sons for New York, record­ing 92 goals, 145 as­sists and 237 points. UP NEXT Canucks: Con­clude six game road trip Thurs­day night in Nashville. Is­lan­ders: Host Ottawa Fri­day night.

The As­so­ci­ated Press

New York Is­lan­ders for­ward An­drew Ladd scores past Van­cou­ver Canucks goalie Andres Nils­son dur­ing the first pe­riod Tues­day in Brook­lyn.

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