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Koivu's OT winner carries Ducks past Islanders 5-4

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Saku Koivu scored 14 seconds into overtime after Lubomir Visnovsky tied it with 32 seconds remaining in regulation, and the Anaheim Ducks rallied from a two-goal, third-period deficit to beat the New York Islanders 5-4 on Friday night.

It was the third straight win for the Ducks after five losses following the Olympic break.

The Islanders led 4-2 after John Tavares' goal with 5:29 left in the second period. Anaheim cut it to 4-3 with 9:53 left in the third, scoring on the power play as Jason Blake deflected in a shot by Steve Eminger.

The Ducks tied it on Visnovsky's blast from near the blue line after pulling Curtis McElhinney, and Koivu scored on the first shot of overtime to complete the rally.

The loss snapped a three-game winning streak for the Islanders, who are six points out of the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with 11 games remaining.

Kyle Okposo snapped a 2-2 tie for New York at 2:42 of the second period, 7 seconds into the night's first power play, when his shot from the left side trickled through the pads of Jonas Hiller. That prompted Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle to replace Hiller, who stopped 14 of 17 shots, with McElhinney.

Tavares extended the lead with a backhander from the slot through traffic that eluded McElhinney. It was the third goal in two games for Tavares, who followed a five-point night in Tuesday's 5-2 win at Vancouver with two points Friday.

McElhinney made 13 saves in his second appearance with Anaheim since arriving in a trade with Calgary on March 3.

The Islanders took a 1-0 lead midway through the first period when Richard Park carried the puck from behind Anaheim's net, was stopped on his initial shot, then stuffed the rebound past Hiller.

That lead lasted just 22 seconds as Matt Beleskey carried the puck from center ice and beat Biron from 35 feet out with a shot to the goalie's glove side.

The Islanders nearly went back in front when Dylan Reese's shot from the point was deflected by Frans Nielsen past Hiller, only to hit the post and be swept out of the crease by Koivu.

Anaheim took the lead with 1:51 left in the opening period as Teemu Selanne chased down an errant pass along the left-wing boards and slid the puck to Visnovsky, who blasted a shot past Biron from the top of the left faceoff circle.

But the Islanders drew even with 58 seconds left, as Okposo circled the net and attempted to pass to Sean Bergenheim, only to have the puck carom in off the skate of Visnovsky.

Selanne remained one goal shy of 600 for his career, two games after scoring his 599th against San Jose. He's looking to become the 18th NHL player, and the third from Europe, to reach the 600-goal mark.

NOTES: It was Anaheim's first game since defenseman James Wisniewski received an eight-game suspension for a hit to the head of Chicago's Brent Seabrook on Wednesday. Eminger filled Wisniewski's spot in the lineup. ... Ryan Getzlaf returned for Anaheim after missing one game with an ankle injury. ... Okposo was back for the Islanders after missing the game in Vancouver with an undisclosed injury. ... The Islanders last played in Anaheim on Oct. 11, 2006, when they won 5-4 in a shootout.