Lindholm’s hat trick means a 5-4 victory

HAMPUS LINDHOLM scored three goals – a hat trick – as the Anaheim Ducks beat the New York Islanders in overtime on Thursday (Flickr.com/Brifhe Samuels).

Overtime hasn’t been kind to the Anaheim Ducks this season, but the team bent the trend with a 5-4 victory over the New York Islanders on at the Barclays Center on Thursday.

Hampus Lindholm scored the winner at 4:03 of extra time. It was third goal of the night and his sixth of the season. The Ducks improved their record to 15-13-8, placing them in fifth place in the NHL Pacific Division.

The Ducks went ahead in the first period 2-0 on goals by Lindholm and Ondrej Kase. Lindholm scored again in the second, but the Islanders scored twice.

In the third, the teams battled to a tie, with Rickard Rakell’s score for the Ducks tying the game after a pair of Penguin goals.

The winning tally came on an assist by teammate Ryan Getzlaf.

“Getzy gave me a good pass, and they were really tired,” said Lindholm. “I tried to shoot it as hard as possible. It was nice to see it go in. For momentum and how this road trip been going, this win was huge for us. We have to build off this. Big win for us.”

The victory ended a two-game skid for the Orange County team.

The Ducks are next in action on Saturday when they travel to Pittsburgh to take on the Penguins (18-15-3).

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