Jakob Silfverberg

Ducks have a breakthrough with a first-period goal, then hang on

Ducks have a breakthrough with a first-period goal, then hang on

They needed four games, but the Ducks finally were the first ones on the board.

And it only took 37 seconds this time after Andrew Cogliano collected a Josh Manson rebound and shot it past Jaroslav Halak.

It still wasn’t the start Ducks coach Randy Carlyle was hoping for after the New York Islanders outshot the Ducks 21-6 in the opening period.

But John Gibson kept his team in the game with 20 saves in the first period (39 overall), and the Ducks defeated the Islanders 3-2 Wednesday in front of 14,553 at Honda Center.

The Ducks welcomed back Patrick Eaves, who made his season debut after sitting out the preseason because of a lower-body injury. The winger’s...

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