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NHL Game Summary - NY Islanders at Phoenix



(Saturday, January 9th)

Final Score: NY Islanders 5, Phoenix 4 (SO)

Glendale, AZ (Sports Network) - Matt Moulson scored the game-winning goal in the sixth round of the shootout, and the New York Islanders posted a 5-4 victory over Phoenix despite blowing a three-goal lead in the third period.

Shane Doan was stopped by Isles' goaltender Dwayne Roloson to start the final round in the shootout, then Moulson simply beat Jason LaBarbera with a forehand wrister to the stick side to end the game.

Josh Bailey finished with a goal and two assists for the Islanders, who have won three of four. Kyle Okposo, Mark Streit and Blake Comeau also scored in the win, while Roloson made 25 stops to post the victory.

"These are crucial points for us, and if you don't get them they're going to come back to nip you in the butt at the end of the year," Bailey. "I think we're happy to get the two points -- the good thing about playing a Western Conference team is that we don't care if we give up the extra point."

The Coyotes received goals from Paul Bissonnette, Taylor Pyatt, Ed Jovanovski and Peter Mueller, but Phoenix couldn't avoid its third straight loss at home.

Ilya Bryzgalov, an early-season Vezina Trophy candidate, allowed four goals on 15 shots before being pulled in favor of LaBarbera, who stopped all 15 shots he faced prior to the shootout.

Trailing by three to start the third, Phoenix tied the game with three goals in a span of 3:43.

Bissonnette began the burst 5 1/2 minutes into the final frame for a 4-2 contest, then the comeback reached its apex after Isles defenseman Bruno Gervais was given a double minor for high sticking at 7:25.

Pyatt pulled the Coyotes to within one at 8:09, and 65 seconds later the contest was tied. Petr Prucha held the puck at the base of the left circle and sent it through four defenders to Mueller, who was waiting at the goal line and lifted the puck over Roloson to make it 4-4.

"We put ourselves in a hole, but I like the way we dug ourselves out," said Phoenix head coach Dave Tippett. "I heard one of the players say 'Let's bail each other out here,' and we came out and played a heck of a third period."

LaBarbera stopped all five shots he faced in the third to help send the game to overtime, and the teams combined for six unsuccessful shots in overtime.

Roloson stopped a Matthew Lombardi shot early in the game, but Jovanovski was there to send the rebound into the net for a power play tally at the three- minute mark of the first.

The Isles, though, rebounded to score four straight times.

Comeau first tied the game with his fifth goal of the year with 2:38 left to play in the opening period, and an Okposo wrister with just 17 seconds remaining sent the visitors into the locker room with a 2-1 lead.

New York then came out and scored two more in the second period. First it was Streit, who took a feed from an offensive draw win on the power play and blasted a slapshot past Bryzgalov at 9:06. Only 35 seconds later, Bailey tallied his 11th of the season for a 4-1 advantage, prompting the Coyotes to insert LaBarbera.

Game Notes

Lombardi finished with two assists for Phoenix, as did Rob Schremp for the Islanders...Roloson improved to 17-7-6 this year...The Islanders improved to 9-11-6 on the road...Phoenix began a six-game homestand and fell to 16-7-1 as the host...The home team had won the last four games between the clubs...Jovankovski was ejected late in the first period after a major elbowing penalty that resulted in a game misconduct.

01/10 01:37:09 ET


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