Some relief for Islanders via Canucks’ ninth loss in a row

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The New York Islanders didn’t dominate all night long against the Vancouver Canucks, but they took over the third period in a 4-2 win on Monday.

It was tied after two periods, but the Islanders dominated the portion of the final frame that mattered (at one point the Isles had 11 shots on goal to just one by Vancouver), scoring both goals in the third.

With this result, the Isles broke a three-game slump while the Canucks are now on a jarring nine-game losing streak.

Vancouver hasn’t even been making it beyond regulation very often, as they’re 0-8-1 during that span. Hockey people are running out of ways to wonder about Willie Desjardins’ job security.

“We’ve got to find a way to win that game,” Daniel Sedin, who scored the game’s first goal, said. “It’s tough right now. We got the first one, then let them in it and played from behind.”

While the Canucks went out with a whimper, the Islanders have multiple players uttering sighs of relief. Andrew Ladd might be on the top of that list after scoring his first goal since signing a big deal to come to Brooklyn:

Jason Chimera and Nikolay Kulemin also found the net for their first goals of 2016-17, so this was a nice night for the Islanders, who have played well so far against the West.

It seems like facing the Canucks can cure some ills, at least for a night.