NHL Game Summary - NY Islanders at Phoenix
(Friday, February 13th)
Final Score: NY Islanders 5, Phoenix 2
Glendale, AZ (Sports Network) - Trent Hunter's second goal of the night capped a string of five unanswered goals as the New York Islanders came back to defeat the Phoenix Coyotes, 5-2, at Glendale Arena.
Janne Niinimaa had the game-winning tally while Cliff Ronning and Mariusz Czerkawski also scored as the Islanders earned a point for the ninth time in 10 games (5-1-3-1). Rick DiPietro made 22 saves to help New York for its first ever win in Phoenix.
Jan Hrdina and Mike Sillinger lit the lamp for the Coyotes, who saw their winless streak extended to eight games (0-6-1-1). Brian Boucher struggled in net, allowing four goals on the 28 shots he faced.
With the score tied 2-2, Niinimaa intercepted a Phoenix clearing attempt just inside the blue line, and quickly wristed the puck through traffic. Boucher never saw the shot, which put the Islanders ahead for good just 2:52 into the final period.
New York received an insurance marker just before the midway point of the third period when Czerkawski ripped a slapper from the top of the left circle by Boucher.
Hunter skated free to collect a clearing attempt by DiPietro, and slid the puck into the empty net to seal the win with just over a minute left.
"I just go out and try to work hard," said Hunter. "We fell behind early, but we battled back hard."
Trailing 2-0, Ronning got the Islanders on the board with his fourth of the season 4:56 into the second period. Ronning circled at the point before squaring and firing a slap shot through a Hunter screen past Boucher.
Hunter evened the score at 2-2 about seven minutes later when he ripped a slap shot from the top of the right circle off the glove of Boucher and into the net for his 21st of the year.
"The second goal was my bad," said Boucher. "It's a save I need to make if we plan on winning games. It's one I'd like to have back."
Hrdina's 10th of the campaign opened the scoring 10:59 into the first period. On a delayed penalty, he grabbed a rebound on the doorstep and slid the puck to his forehand in one quick motion, slamming the puck behind DiPietro.
Phoenix doubled its margin just 52 seconds later when Sillinger beat DiPietro glove side from the slot on a give-and-go with Chris Gratton.
New York's netminder then put the clamps down on the Coyotes' attack, repeatedly denying great scoring opportunities.
Facing a two-man disadvantage late in the first, DiPietro was down on his stomach when he reached out with his glove to knock down a point-blank shot by Hrdina.
With 12:10 remaining in the third frame, DiPietro withstood a barrage of shots, including a great save on a Phoenix 2-on-1 rush, stoning Ladislav Nagy and the ensuing rebound.
The last time the Islanders defeated the Coyotes franchise on the road, the team was known as the Winnipeg Jets. New York won 4-2 on March 9, 1996 in Winnipeg...Hunter leads all rookies with 22 goals, six more than Pittsburgh's Ryan Malone...Phoenix's Daymond Langkow recorded an assist in his 600th career game...The Coyotes were held scoreless in six power-play opportunities while the Isles were 1-for-2 with the man advantage.
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