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Islanders 3, Coyotes 2

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:51 AM

Associated Press

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Islanders 3, Coyotes 2
Phoenix Coyotes 2, New York Islanders 3

UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) -Yann Danis helped make his case for next year. So did a lot of his teammates.

Danis stopped 40 shots to help the young and rebuilding New York Islanders beat the Phoenix Coyotes 3-2 Sunday.

The Islanders got goals from Jeff Tambellini, Josh Bailey and Kyle Okposo to win their second straight at Nassau Coliseum, where they are 9-2-2 in their last 13 games.

"At this point, we're all fighting for a spot here next year," Danis said. "We're trying to play like this every game."

Scottie Upshall and Shane Doan had goals for the Coyotes, who have lost five of six.

Rookie goaltender Josh Tordjman made his NHL debut for Phoenix and stopped 23 shots. He was called up from San Antonio on Wednesday.

"I was having dinner last night, and they called me to tell me," Tordjman said of his starting assignment. "I called my parents, then spent the rest of the time thinking about the first drop of the puck."

The Islanders killed off seven power plays, including a double-minor and a pair of two-man advantages.

"We didn't capitalize on either five-on-three," Phoenix coach Wayne Gretzky said. "I believe you should score on every five-on-three situation."

Phoenix took a 1-0 lead four minutes into the game, when Upshall finished a rush by taking Matthew Lombardi's pass all alone on the left side and beating Danis from in close at 15:50.

Tambellini tied the game at 2:44 of the second when he banged home a rebound before the Coyotes could sweep the puck out of harm's way. Tambellini only has five goals this season, but he's scored three in his last four games.

The Islanders moved ahead 2-1 when Bailey put home Mike Iggulden's wrist shot at 9:18 and New York went up by two with 36.8 seconds left in the period when Okposo sent a wrist shot past Tordjman.

"Our work ethic is there," Bailey said of his team's recent solid play. "We're working hard, and we're putting on back pressure. It also helps that we have great goaltending and a great defense."

Okposo tied for the team lead at 14 goals, with Sean Bergenheim and the injured Trent Hunter.

Matthew Lombardi thought he had a goal for the Coyotes with 5:23 to play, but video review ruled the net was knocked off its moorings just before the puck crossed the goal line.

The Coyotes scored with 18.6 seconds left in the game, when Doan banged in a rebound.

Notes: New York recalled F Kurtis McLean from Bridgeport. ... The Coyotes are on game three of a five-game road trip. Stops in Detroit and New Jersey wrap up the journey. ... The Islanders are in danger of having no player with 20 goals for the first time in the franchise's 37 seasons.

scoring summary
1st Period
Scottie Upshall (9) ASST: Matthew Lombardi (22), Petr Prucha (7)
1 - 0 PHX
2nd Period
Jeff Tambellini (5) ASST: Andy Hilbert (14), Radek Martinek (3)
1 - 1 Tie
Josh Bailey (3) ASST: Mike Iggulden (3), Blake Comeau (12)
2 - 1 NYI
Kyle Okposo (14) ASST: Dean McAmmond (8), Bruno Gervais (10)
3 - 1 NYI
3rd Period
Shane Doan (24) ASST: Matthew Lombardi (23), Mikkel Boedker (15)
3 - 2 NYI
Power Play Stats
Power Plays0/70/2
Power Play %14.9%18.6%
% on Road18.0%13.3%
% at Home10.8%22.5%
League Rank28th19th
penalty summary
1st Period
Radek Martinek  Holding against  Petr Prucha
Kurt Sauer  Hooking against  Kurtis Mclean
Jeff Tambellini  Holding against  Keith Yandle
Kyle Okposo  Hooking against  Matthew Lombardi
2nd Period
3rd Period
Tim Jackman  Hooking against  Matthew Lombardi
Sean Bergenheim  Tripping against  Matthew Lombardi
Viktor Tikhonov  Hooking against  Dean McAmmond
Jesse Joensuu  Hi stick - double minor against  Dmitri Kalinin
goalie stats
Josh Tordjman
SA: 26TOI: 57:42
Saves: 23EV: 18 - 21
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 2
SV%: .885SH: 3 - 3
Yann Danis
SA: 42TOI: 60:00
Saves: 40EV: 27 - 29
PIM: 0PP: 13 - 13
SV%: .952SH: 0 - 0