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COYOTES TOP ISLANDERS IN SEASON OPENER

Thursday, 10.5.2006 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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COYOTES TOP ISLANDERS IN SEASON OPENER
PHOENIX 6, ISLANDERS 3

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The Islanders may not have won tonight's game, but they did win the third period. The Islanders fell behind 6-1 after two periods, but made it respectable after Viktor Kozlov, playing in his first game as an Islander, scored two goals to make the final score 6-3 in the team's season opener Thursday night at the Glendale Arena in Phoenix, Arizona.

Just 1:45 into the game, Miroslav Satan picked up the Islanders' first goal of the 2006-07 season. Mike York head-manned the puck to Trent Hunter, who skated into the offensive zone, pulled up on the left wing and found Satan on the far side. In one fluid motion, Satan had the puck on his forehand and fired it high over Curtis Joseph, who had gone down, for a 1-0 Islanders lead.

A bad break made it 1-1. Ladislav Nagy's centering pass on the power play deflected off Sean Hill's skate through Rick DiPietro's five-hole at 5:25 of the first period. Phoenix made it 2-1 at 9:35 of the first on Derek Morris' screened shot past DiPietro with the teams skating 4-on-4.

The second period was all Phoenix.

Another bad break cost the Islanders as Nagy's shot from in close caromed off of Brendan Witt's skate and slid beyond DiPietro's reach for his second goal of the game and a 3-1 Coyotes lead 7:34 into the second period.

At 9:02 of the second, Phoenix made it 4-1. Off a jam-up in front, Shane Doan found a loose puck and slid it through DiPietro's legs. Steve Reinprecht and Oleg Saprykin picked up the assists.

Mike Comrie fed rookie Joel Perrault for a breakaway and Perrault fired it through DiPietro's legs at 9:53 of the second period.

The Phoenix power play struck again, this time on a 5-on-3. Ed Jovanovki's shot from the point was perfectly deflected by Reinprecht over DiPietro for a 6-1 Coyotes lead with 7:49 left in the second period.

Viktor Kozlov got two goals in the third to make it 6-3. His first was off a Witt rebound with 3:04 gone by in the period at even strength and his second with 6:07 left in the period off another rebound from Alexei Yashin and Chris Simon on the power play.

 

Five Stars of the Game

1.  Steve Reinprecht: A five point game (one goal, four assists). The Steve Reinprecht-Ladislav Nagy-Shane Doan line was buzzing all night.

2.  Ladislav Nagy: Two goals and one assist.

3.  Shane Doan: One goal and two assists.

4: Viktor Kozlov: Two goals in his first game as an Islander.

5.  Ed Jovanovski: Two assists and a +4 rating.


Stat of the Game: Radek Martinek and Alexei Yashin each finished the game with a +1 rating.

Slapshots: Prior to the game, Ted Nolan named Brendan Witt and Mike Sillinger the alternate captains Chris Campoli (groin), Andy Hilbert (healthy) and Joel Bouchard (healthy) were tonight's scratches This is the 30th time in 34 years the Islanders opened on the road¦Mike Dunham replaced Rick DiPietro at the start of the third period.

 

Islanders Lineup
Goaltenders
1 Mike Dunham
39 Rick DiPietro

Defensemen
8 Bruno Gervais - 3 Tom Poti 
77 Alexei Zhitnik 24 Radek Martinek
32 Brendan Witt 6 Sean Hill

Forwards
25 Viktor Kozlov - 79 Alexei Yashin 18 Mike Sillinger
7 Trent Hunter - 16 Mike York - 81 Miroslav Satan
15 Jeff Tambellini 17 Shawn Bates - 55 Jason Blake
12 Chris Simon - 10 Richard Park 45 Arron Asham


Phoenix's Lineup
Goaltenders
31 Curtis Joseph
1 Mike Morrison

Defensemen
2 Keith Ballard 44 Nick Boynton
53 Derek Morris 55 Ed Jovanovski
22 Dennis Seidenberg 4 Michalek Zbynek

Forwards
17 Ladislav Nagy - 28 Steve Reinprecht - 19 Shane Doan
97 Jeremy Roenick - 38 Dave Scatchard 12 Patrick Fischer
89 Mike Comrie 26 Joel Perrault - 11 Owen Nolan
91 Oleg Saprykin 15 Mike Zigomanis - 37 Georges Laraque

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 8 6 5 2 11
K. Okposo 8 1 6 2 7
F. Nielsen 8 3 2 0 5
B. Nelson 8 1 4 -3 5
A. Quine 8 1 4 1 5
R. Strome 6 1 3 3 4
T. Hickey 8 1 3 -3 4
S. Prince 8 3 0 2 3
R. Pulock 4 1 2 -3 3
N. Leddy 8 0 3 2 3
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
T. Greiss 5 3 0 .937 2.06
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