Arizona 6, NY Islanders 3

Thursday, December 12, 2013 9:00 PM

Final Scoring Summary

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
NY Islanders 9-19-3-2 5-6-3-2 4-13-0-0 L1
Arizona 18-8-3-2 10-2-2-0 8-6-1-2 W2


Coyotes 6, Islanders 3: Rob Klinkhammer scored two goals and set up another and Mikkel Boedker also tallied twice as Phoenix sent visiting New York to its 11th loss in 12 games (1-9-2).

Mike Ribeiro added a goal and two assists while defenseman Keith Yandle had a tally and an assist to help Phoenix halt a three-game winless drought at home (0-2-1). Mike Smith turned aside 21 shots as the Coyotes improved to 8-1-1 against Eastern Conference opponents.

Eric Boulton, captain John Tavares and Kyle Okposo scored for the Islanders, who went 1-4-0 on their five-game road trip. Kevin Poulin made 31 saves in falling to 1-7-0 in his last eight starts.

Despite Phoenix's 17-6 advantage in shots, the teams were tied after one period as Boulton and Yandle traded goals 88 seconds apart, but the Coyotes erupted for three tallies - by Klinkhammer, Boedker and Ribeiro - in a span of 3:41 to race to a 4-1 lead just over six minutes into the middle session. 

Tavares and Okposo connected 1:23 apart to draw New York within a goal, but Boedker forced a turnover and finished off a rush with Ribeiro by whistling a shot over Poulin's shoulder with 61 seconds left in the period. Klinkhammer supplied the capper with an unassisted tally with 5:47 to play for his first career two-goal performance.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Coyotes captain Shane Doan missed his third straight game due to illness and will not be available for the "foreseeable future," Phoenix coach Dave Tippett said. ... Islanders D Brian Strait was activated from injured reserve Thursday and collected an assist in his first game since Oct. 22. ... Coyotes D Connor Murphy picked up his first career assist on Klinkhammer's first goal.

Top Game Performances

NY Islanders   Arizona
Brian Strait 2 Points Rob Klinkhammer 3
Eric Boulton 1 Goals Rob Klinkhammer 2
Brian Strait 2 Assists Mike Ribeiro 2
N/A Power Play Goals Keith Yandle 1
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Kevin Poulin .838 Save Percentage Mike Smith .875
Kevin Poulin 31 Saves Mike Smith 21

Team Stats Summary

Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
NY Islanders 24 3 0-3 3-4 22 31
Arizona 37 6 1-4 3-3 10 22

Upcoming Games

  • Arizona will play its next game at home against Carolina. The Coyotes have a W/L % of .556 after a win and .615 after a loss.
  • NY Islanders will play its next game at home against Montreal. The Islanders have a W/L % of .200 after a win and .304 after a loss.
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