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Kevin Shattenkirk scores twice but Ducks defeated by Islanders

Kyle Palmieri had a career-high four points with a goal and three assists, Brock Nelson scored two goals and linemate Pierre Engvall also scored in the New York Islanders’ 6-3 win over the Ducks in the Honda Center on Wednesday night.

Nelson scored the tiebreaking goal late in the second period and added another in the third to clinch his second straight 30-goal season for the Islanders, who snapped a two-game skid. Engvall equaled his career high with his 15th goal, scoring in his third straight game for the Islands, who acquired the Swedish winger from Toronto two weeks ago.

Palmieri, 32, scored four points for the first time in his 724-game NHL career, which began with five seasons in Anaheim. The Ducks took Palmieri in the first round in 2009.

“It feels good just to do it,” Palmieri said after his latest return to Anaheim, where he always receives a warm ovation. It doesn’t matter where he was. Our line stepped up and was able to make a positive contribution. … (Engvall) is fitting in well with us, and it’s clear he’s working hard.”

Hudson Fasching and Zach Parise also scored and Ilya Sorokin made 20 saves in a comeback performance for New York, which had been outscored 10-3 in its first consecutive regulation losses since January. Facing the worst defensive team in the NHL, the Islanders put together their highest scoring performance since January 3.

“I thought our line did a lot of good things,” Nelson said. “Probably the best thing for us was to try again (after getting blown out by the Kings on Tuesday). These two points are huge for us.”

New York is tied with Pittsburgh and five points ahead of Florida atop the Eastern Conference wild-card standings, but the Penguins and Panthers have three games in hand against the Islanders.

Kevin Shattenkirk scored twice and Max Jones scored 25 seconds into the opening matchup for the Ducks, who have lost four of five despite earning a point in eight of their previous nine games. John Gibson stopped 17 shots in Anaheim’s second straight loss to open their eight-game home stand.

“We’ve made great strides here, but tonight we took a step back,” Ducks coach Dallas Eakins said. “We just couldn’t get out of it. We’re going to have to go back to the game we were playing.”

Jones beat Sorokin for his sixth goal of the season after being left alone in the slot in the first minute, but Palmieri equalized with a cross from Engvall later in the first.

Trevor Zegras then made a magical pass between his legs to maintain possession of the puck before slipping a pass to Shattenkirk for the defenseman’s third goal of the season.

“The kid is handy,” Eakins said of Zegras. “It’s all very natural to him.”

Shattenkirk added a power play goal in the third period for the sixth two-goal game of his long career.

Nelson put the Islanders ahead for good when he beat Gibson on a timer with 23 seconds remaining in the second period for his 29th goal.


The Ducks signed center Nikita Nesterenko to a three-year, entry-level contract. Nesterenko, 21, had 13 goals and 21 assists as a junior at Boston College this season. … Ducks goalie Anthony Stolarz will miss the rest of the season after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery Tuesday.