UNIONDALE, N.Y. –Kyle Turris scored an eye-popping goal in the third round of the shootout (see KEY MOMENT below) to lift the Coyotes to a 4-3 victory over the New York Islanders on Saturday night at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
Shane Doan and Radim Vrbata also scored in the shootout to help the Coyotes (15-9-7) snap a two-game skid on their four-game visit to Atlantic Division teams that concludes Monday at Pittsburgh.
Trailing 3-2, Martin Hanzal netted a goal with 1:28 left in regulation to spoil Islanders goalie Nathan Lawson's bid at a victory in his first NHL game.
Vrbata and Wojtek Wolski also scored in regulation, and Jason LaBarbera made a season-high 41 saves for Phoenix in his second consecutive start in place of injured goalie Ilya Bryzgalov. Click here for more Information on Bryzgalov's status.
Jesse Joensuu, Michael Grabner and Rob Schremp had goals for the Islanders (5-18-6), who were looking for their second straight win following a six-game losing streak. Lawson, recalled from Bridgeport of the American Hockey League earlier Saturday, made 32 saves.
The Coyotes grabbed a 1-0 lead when Vrbata tipped a point shot from Doan past Lawson at 6:57 on Phoenix's first power play for his seventh goal. The Islanders held a 19-8 shots advantage in the first.
The Islanders tied the score midway through the second period. John Tavares made a slick cross-ice pass to Joensuu to set up a slap shot from the left circle that beat LaBarbera high to the glove side.
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New York took a 2-1 lead at 14:46 when Grabner, while falling, buried a rebound of a shot by Joensuu.
Phoenix tied the score at 4:03 of the third period when Wolski found a rebound and quickly put it past Lawson.
New York went ahead 3-2 at 6:22 on a power-play goal by Schremp, but Hanzal got the Coyotes even again when he scored off a wild bounce in front at 18:32.
The Coyotes committed nine penalties and 12 giveaways, yet still managed to win.
"Obviously, there's some things in our game that have to improve," Coyotes Head Coach Dave Tippett said. "Fortunately, we found a way tonight. We're looking for some people to contribute. That's who we have to be. Our team is a score-by-committee team. We need everybody chipping in. Fortunately tonight, we had enough guys chipping in to get us some points."
EDITOR'S NOTE: The Associated Press and Dave Vest of phoenixcoyotes.com contributed to this recap.
After Coyotes captain Shane Doan scored on a snap shot and Radim Vrbata followed with a backhander for a goal, Kyle Turris ended the shootout - and the game - by beating Islanders rookie goalie Nathan Lawson with a nifty wrist shot over Lawson's glove after intentionally banking the puck off his right skate.
• Goalie Ilya Bryzgalov did not dress because of an upper-body injury. "(Bryzgalov) has an upper-body injury with day-to-day treatment, not week-to-week," Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney told phoenixcoyotes.com. "We sent him back to Phoenix today so he could rest Sunday and see our doctors on Monday. We expect him to rejoin the team for practice on Tuesday."
• Winger Radim Vrbata's goal in the first period was his first since Nov. 19 and it ended an 11-game goal-less streak.
• Winger Wojtek Wolski's goal in the third period was his first since Nov. 23 and it ended an eight-game goal-less streak.
• Since returning from injury on Nov. 21, captain Shane Doan has recorded 12 points (three goals, nine assists) in 12 games.
• Defenseman Keith Yandle led all Phoenix skaters with 29:56 of ice time and he chipped in two more assists. That makes eight helpers for Yandle in the past seven games.
• The Coyotes' next game is on Monday vs. the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Consol Energy Center. The puck drops at 5 p.m. (Arizona time). The game can be seen on Fox Sports Arizona and can be heard on XTRA Sports 910.
"I did it (the shootout move) a lot last year (in the AHL). Actually, I asked 'Doaner' after he went if I should do it or not... 'Doaner' just said 'If your comfortable with it, do it,' so I was comfortable with it and got lucky enough to pull it off."
"I was excited... it was probably the first time in two years I got to play two games in a row like that. It's a good opportunity right now to play some games. You've just got to give the guys a chance to win every night and just build from there."
"Up until about a minute and a half left in the third, it felt really good. I'm pretty disappointed in that last goal. It's a stepping stone. We got one point, so just take the positives, I guess. It felt like another game for me. I'm just real disappointed in losing."
• Dec. 18, 2010: PHX 4, NYI 3 (SO)
1 - 0 PHX
1 - 1 Tie
2 - 1 NYI
2 - 2 Tie
3 - 2 NYI