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Coyotes 4, Islanders 3, SO

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:46 AM

Dyan LeBourdais

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Coyotes 4, Islanders 3, SO
Phoenix Coyotes 4, New York Islanders 3

In his NHL debut, Nathan Lawson made 32 saves. Despite his performance, the Islanders lost 4-3 in the shootout to the Phoenix Coyotes. Frans Nielsen scored in the shootout, but Shane Doan, Radim Vrbata and Kyle Turris scored to win it.

“(Lawson) was outstanding,” Islanders center Rob Schremp said. “I thought he played a great game. He looked like a seasoned veteran and he played awesome. He made some great plays with the puck which helped the defense out a bit there. He looked great tonight.”

While his teammates felt that Lawson played a good game, the 27-year-old was disappointed. He mentioned that playing the Coyotes felt like any other game, but that he was still hoping for a win. The game-tying goal from Martin Hanzal, with 1:28 left in regulation, really put a damper on his good mood.

“Up until about a minute and a half left in the third I felt really good,” Lawson said. “I’m pretty disappointed in that last goal, and obviously very, very upset about the shootout. But I mean it’s a stepping stone, and we got one point so just look at positives I guess.”

The Islanders took a 2-1 lead into the third period on goals from Jesse Joensuu and Michael Grabner, but the Coyotes tied the score twice, both in the third period, to come back for the win.

Four minutes and three seconds into the third period, Wojtek Wolski tied the score at two. But the Islanders continued to battle. While on the power play, Andrew MacDonald shot the puck from the blueline, Grabner made an attempt on the rebound and Schremp found yet another deflection to squeak the puck past Coyotes goaltender Jason Labarbera at 6:22.
In his first NHL game, goaltender Nathan Lawson #52 of the New York Islanders clears the puck away from Martin Hanzal #11 of the Phoenix Coyotes on December 18, 2010 at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Mike Stobe/NHLI via Getty Images)

The Islanders scored twice in the second period, first to tie the score and then to take their first lead. At 9:17, John Tavares made a cross ice pass, finding Joensuu lifted the puck to score the first game-tying goal as it flew past Labarbera and hit the top of the net.

The Islanders continued to pressure the Coyotes and Joensuu earned his second point of the game as he passed to Grabner who found the back of the net at 14:46 to give the Islanders the 2-1 go-ahead goal.

Vrbata scored the first goal of game on the power play at 6:57 of the first period. Despite his goal, the first period was characterized by an overwhelming amount of penalties on both teams. The Islanders went 0-for-4 as the Coyotes went 1-for-3 on the power play, closing the first period with a 1-0 lead.

The penalty action started at 2:13, when Islanders enforcer Trevor Gillies dropped the gloves with Paul Bissonnette of the Coyotes. While Gillies didn’t drop Bissonnette to the ice, he controlled the fight and had more punches, leaving the Coyotes winger looking for the referees to step in.

“They’re sacrificing their bodies, their blocking some shots," Islanders interim head coach Jack Capuano said. "I think they believe now in one another that we’re a team that can score some goals. Early on, we weren’t scoring or were scoring only one goal a game. We got back-to-back three goal games, they’re doing things the right way, and it just takes a little belief in that room and I think it’s coming right now.”

While the team has been looking for wins, they were really hoping to be able to take home two points for not only themselves, but also for Lawson.

“(Lawson) could’ve come in here and got a lucky win and not played good,” Joensuu said. “I think it’s better to come in here, prove yourself and prove to everybody else around you that you’re an NHL player. I’m sad for him that we couldn’t help him to win, because he really would have deserved the win.”

Joensuu and Grabner eached finished with two points. Joensuu was voted the number one star of the game.
scoring summary
1st Period
PPG - Radim Vrbata (7) ASST: Shane Doan (10), Keith Yandle (15)
1 - 0 PHX
2nd Period
Jesse Joensuu (2) ASST: John Tavares (8), James Wisniewski (15)
1 - 1 Tie
Michael Grabner (7) ASST: Jesse Joensuu (1)
2 - 1 NYI
3rd Period
Wojtek Wolski (5) ASST: Shane Doan (11), Oliver Ekman-Larsson (6)
2 - 2 Tie
PPG - Rob Schremp (6) ASST: Andrew MacDonald (2), Blake Comeau (11)
3 - 2 NYI
Martin Hanzal (9) ASST: Radim Vrbata (11), Keith Yandle (16)
3 - 3 Tie
OT Period
1S. DoanF. Nielsen
2R. VrbataR. Schremp
3K. Turris
penalty summary
1st Period
Paul Bissonnette  Fighting (maj) against  Trevor Gillies
Trevor Gillies  Fighting (maj) against  Paul Bissonnette
Matt Martin  Charging against  Vernon Fiddler
Trevor Gillies  Boarding against  Ed Jovanovski
Shane Doan  Holding against  Frans Nielsen
Derek Morris  Hi-sticking against  Michael Grabner
Ed Jovanovski  Cross checking against  Rob Schremp
Adrian Aucoin  Boarding against  Zenon Konopka
Matt Moulson  Hi-sticking against  Derek Morris
2nd Period
Radek Martinek  Hi-sticking against  Paul Bissonnette
Nolan Yonkman  Roughing against  Matt Martin
Taylor Pyatt  Slashing against  Matt Moulson
Jon Sim  Holding against  Lee Stempniak
3rd Period
Taylor Pyatt  Tripping against  Rob Schremp
Eric Belanger  Hooking against  Michael Grabner
Jack Hillen  Hooking against  Martin Hanzal
Michael Grabner  Delay of game against  Shane Doan
OT Period
goalie stats
Jason LaBarbera
Jason LaBarbera
SA: 44TOI: 64:53
Saves: 41EV: 28 - 30
PIM: 0PP: 12 - 13
SV%: .932SH: 1 - 1
Nathan Lawson
SA: 35TOI: 64:56
Saves: 32EV: 23 - 25
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 7
SV%: .914SH: 3 - 3 is the official Web site of the New York Islanders Hockey Club, L.P. and are trademarks of New York Islanders Hockey Club, L.P.  NHL, the NHL Shield, the word mark and image of the Stanley Cup and NHL Conference logos are registered trademarks of the National Hockey League. All NHL logos and marks and NHL team logos and marks as well as all other proprietary materials depicted herein are the property of the NHL and the respective NHL teams and may not be reproduced without the prior written consent of NHL Enterprises, L.P. Copyright © 1999-2015 New York Islanders Hockey Club, L.P. and the National Hockey League. All Rights Reserved.

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