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(Sunday, March 8th)
Final Score: NY Islanders 3, Phoenix 2
Uniondale, NY (Sports Network) - Yann Danis made 40 saves as the New York Islanders completed a successful weekend by clipping Phoenix, 3-2, at Nassau Coliseum.
Jeff Tambellini, Josh Bailey and Kyle Okposo scored for the Islanders, who had topped Atlantic Division leader New Jersey on Saturday and have taken four of their last five.
"If you take care of what needs to be taken care of, eventually it's going to turn around," said Islanders head coach Scott Gordon. "All of a sudden, the priorities are in the right place, the players perform well, and the next thing you know, the wins follow."
Scottie Upshall and Shane Doan netted goals for the Coyotes, losers in five of their last six. Matthew Lombardi added a pair of assists.
In his NHL debut, Josh Tordjman took the loss after giving up three goals on 26 shots.
Phoenix appeared to climb within 3-2 with 5:23 to play. Steve Reinprecht shot at a sharp angle on the right side, and the puck caromed off Lombardi's skate, Islanders defenseman Andy Hilbert's skate and in.
The goal was eventually disallowed, after a lengthy replay, since the net was found to be displaced by Hilbert just ahead of the puck crossing the line.
Doan slammed home a pass from Lombardi with 18.6 seconds to play and the Coyotes did come within a goal, but the Islanders clamped down in the final seconds for the win.
Upshall got Phoenix on the board with 4:10 remaining in the first period, redirecting a hard pass from Lombardi from the left side.
Tambellini pulled the Isles even 2:44 into the second period, knocking a loose puck over a fallen Tordjman, and Bailey converted a rebound at 9:18 for a 2-1 lead for the home team.
Okposo recorded his second goal in as many days with 37 seconds left in the frame and New York led 3-1 after two.
The third goal was the one that hurt us," said Coyotes head coach Wayne Gretzky. "They come out on a 3-on-2 and score a goal. That was the difference."
The Islanders have won two of the last three meetings...Upshall has recorded two goals in three games since being acquired from Philadelphia on Wednesday.
03/08 19:47:31 ET
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