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Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 1:49 AM
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New York Islanders 5, Phoenix Coyotes 4

By Dave Vest
The Coyotes rallied to secure another point in the standings Saturday night in a bizarre game against the New York Islanders at Arena.

The Islanders won 5-4 in a shootout.

New York’s Matt Moulson decided the outcome when he wristed the puck past Coyotes goalie Jason LaBarbera in the sixth round of the shootout. Three of New York’s six shootout attempts got past LaBarbera. Phoenix went 2 for 6 against Islanders goalie Dwayne Roloson.

Momentum shifted many times throughout the match.

The Coyotes took a 1-0 lead three minutes into the game when defenseman Ed Jovanovski beat Roloson with a shot from in close 39 seconds into Phoenix’s first power play.

The Islanders, who played Friday night at Dallas, didn’t fold and scored twice late in the first period to take a 2-1 lead. Then, with 17 seconds left before the break, Jovanovski received a five-minute penalty for elbowing Islanders rookie John Tavares. Jovanovski also received a game misconduct penalty for the elbow and could face an NHL-imposed suspension.

New York’s power play carried over into the second period and lasted beyond five minutes because the Coyotes did not put a player in the penalty box for Jovanovski and play was not interrupted until Martin Hanzal was whistled for slashing at 7:35. Coyotes defenseman Adrian Aucoin joined Hanzal in the box at 9:02 for cross-checking, and Mark Streit scored a five-on-three goal four seconds later to give New York a 3-1 lead. Thirty-five seconds after Streit’s goal, the Islanders scored another power-play goal and Coyotes Head Coach Dave Tippett responded by replacing goalie Ilya Bryzgalov, who stopped 11 of 15 shots, with LaBarbera.

During the second intermission, Coyotes captain Shane Doan challenged teammates to regroup and make a game of it, which they did. Paul Bissonnette, Taylor Pyatt and Peter Mueller scored goals within a span of 3:43 in the final period to tie the score at 4, and LaBarbera stopped all seven shots he faced in the third period and overtime.

The Coyotes (26-15-5) opted to go first in the shootout. Center Robert Lang gave them a 1-0 lead by beating Roloson with a high wrist shot. Lauri Korpikoski also scored for Phoenix in the third round of the shootout. Frans Nielsen, Josh Bailey and Moulson netted shootout goals for New York (19-19-8).

“It’s hard enough to win in this game without making mistakes and we made some mistakes and myself included for not putting a guy in the box (to start the second period),” Tippett said. “I’ve never seen them go eight minutes without a whistle, but that’s funny how that goes sometimes… We put ourselves in a hole, but I like the way we dug ourselves out.”

Bailey, the ninth overall pick of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, notched a goal, a shootout goal and two assists.

"He’s been playing really well and that’s why I chose him in the shootout," Islanders Head Coach Scott Gordon said. "Things are going well and I had a feeling that with the confidence he’s been playing with, that he’d cash in.”
Both teams scored goals in the first and third rounds of the shootout.

Coyotes captain Shane Doan started the sixth round by failing to get the puck past Islanders goalie Dwayne Roloson.

Islanders Head Coach Scott Gordon then sent Matt Moulson, who had just one unsuccessful shootout attempt on his resume, to center ice to take a turn. Moulson skated straight up the slot and wristed a shot over LaBarbera’s stick to end the game.
• Eleven Coyotes had at least one point in the game. Center Matthew Lombardi had two assists to bump his team-high total to 21.

• Peter Mueller's goal was his first goal since Nov. 5.

• Goalie Ilya Bryzgalov has given up 15 goals in his past four games.

• Because they were killing penalties so much, the Coyotes managed just two shots on goal in the second period.

• The Coyotes played with just five defensemen for the last two periods. Jim Vandermeer played 19:53, delivered seven hits and blocked three shots.

• Phoenix scratched Anders Eriksson, who turned 35 years old on Saturday, and Jeff Hoggan. New York scratched Rick DiPietro, Jeff Tambellini and Brendan Witt.

"Coming back from three goals (behind) makes you feel better, but we've allowed four goals the last (four) games in a row and we know as a group we can't do that." "We stopped playing our hockey, and we had too many turnovers in the neutral zone and they buried their chances... But I think we battled hard. We didn't give up. That's who we are." "These were crucial two points for us. If you don’t get them it’ll nip you in the butt at the end of the year. So, we’re happy to get the two points."
Doan Michalek Bailey
Roloson Lombardi Bissonnette
  • N/A
  • Jan. 9, 2010: NYI 5, PHX 4 (SO)
scoring summary
1st Period
PPG - Ed Jovanovski (8) ASST: Matthew Lombardi (20), Keith Yandle (16)
1 - 0 PHX
Blake Comeau (5) ASST: Rob Schremp (8), Andrew MacDonald (2)
1 - 1 Tie
Kyle Okposo (9) ASST: John Tavares (13), Josh Bailey (10)
2 - 1 NYI
2nd Period
PPG - Mark Streit (5) ASST: Doug Weight (8), Josh Bailey (11)
3 - 1 NYI
PPG - Josh Bailey (11) ASST: Rob Schremp (9), Jack Hillen (10)
4 - 1 NYI
3rd Period
Paul Bissonnette (3) ASST: Daniel Winnik (11), Zbynek Michalek (8)
4 - 2 NYI
PPG - Taylor Pyatt (8) ASST: Robert Lang (14), Matthew Lombardi (21)
4 - 3 NYI
PPG - Peter Mueller (2) ASST: Petr Prucha (4), Radim Vrbata (13)
4 - 4 Tie
OT Period
1R. LangF. Nielsen
2P. PruchaR. Schremp
3L. KorpikoskiJ. Bailey
4R. VrbataK. Okposo
5P. MuellerJ. Tavares
6S. DoanM. Moulson
penalty summary
1st Period
Nate Thompson  Tripping against  Taylor Pyatt
Martin Hanzal  Roughing against  Matt Moulson
Andy Sutton  Hooking against  Radim Vrbata
Ed Jovanovski  Elbowing (maj) against  John Tavares
Ed Jovanovski  Game misconduct against  John Tavares
2nd Period
Martin Hanzal  Slashing against  Jack Hillen
Adrian Aucoin  Cross checking against  John Tavares
Keith Yandle  Tripping against  Jon Sim
Jack Hillen  Interference against  Shane Doan
3rd Period
Nate Thompson  Cross checking against  Robert Lang
Bruno Gervais  Hi stick - double minor against  Robert Lang
OT Period
goalie stats
Dwayne Roloson
Dwayne Roloson
SA: 29TOI: 65:00
Saves: 25EV: 21 - 22
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 6
SV%: .862SH: 1 - 1
Jason LaBarbera
Jason LaBarbera
SA: 15TOI: 35:19
Saves: 15EV: 13 - 13
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 2
SV%: 1.000SH: 0 - 0
Ilya Bryzgalov
Ilya Bryzgalov
SA: 15TOI: 29:41
Saves: 11EV: 4 - 6
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 9
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