Anaheim Ducks Fight Back, Fall 3-2 in Overtime to New York Islanders

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Nov 5, 2014; Anaheim, CA, USA; Anaheim Ducks left wing Matt Beleskey (39) celebrates with the bench after scoring a goal against the New York Islanders during the second period at Honda Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

First Star: Matt Beleskey, LW (1 G, 5 SOG, 2 Hits, 15:49 TOI)

Beleskey was the catalyst for the Ducks in coming back. His power-play goal really energized the squad and helped Anaheim dictate play against the Islanders. He helped drive play by winning puck battles in the corners, and he was always looking to get the puck towards the goal in trying to create chances or havoc in front of Halak. Beleskey had five shots on net, second only to Andrew Cogliano among Ducks players.

Beleskey was excellent in controlling the puck in the offensive third. If he didn’t have a shot, he would either put the puck in a danger area for another player to get a chance, or he would make the simple pass either down low or to the point and let the team cycle and create offense through a grind. Beleskey was in the middle of all the action, and he was the main reason Anaheim left Honda Center with a point.