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Final Look: Grabner, Garland Tally at Nassau

Arizona suffers its first regulation loss since October 5

by Alex Kinkopf @AEKinkopf / Game Recap

> GRABNER, GARLAND TALLY AT NASSAU <

The Coyotes fell short to the New York Islanders by a 4-2 score Thursday night at Nassau Coliseum.

The loss was the first in regulation for the Coyotes since their second game of the season on October 5. It also snapped the team's six-game point streak, which began on October 10.

A refreshed Islanders club came out applying pressure from the get-go. New York, operating on four full days rest, had not played since Saturday.

After withstanding the Islanders' ferocious first period attack, the Coyotes were able to advance to the second period in a 1-1 tie courtesy Michael Grabner 's speedy breakaway goal.

The Islanders struck to take a 2-1 lead late in the second and added to build a 3-1 advantage early in the third period.

Conor Garland got the Coyotes back to within a goal with just over a minute to play in regulation, shoveling home a rebound from a Jakob Chychrun shot while Arizona iced an extra attacker.

New York marked an empty-net goal with 11 seconds remaining.

Thursday night served as the first time all season the Coyotes surrendered more than two goals in regulation.

Darcy Kuemper made a number of fantastic saves throughout the evening but saw his streak of allowing two goals or fewer in 13 consecutive starts come to an end.

Kuemper was one of only 11 NHL goaltenders to achieve such a feat; his streak began on March 23, 2019. He made 18 saves in Thursday's loss.

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> TRACKING IT <

GAME #9: ARIZONA (2) at NEW YORK [ISLANDERS] (4)

  • SOG: ARI - 23, NYI - 22
  • PP: ARI - 0/3, NYI - 0/1

ARIZONA SCORING:

NEW YORK SCORING:

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> THEY SAID IT <

"They [Islanders] came out pretty hard, they were sitting there waiting to get some games in and they came out harder than us. I thought we turned the puck over too much tonight. Kuemps gave us a chance to still be in this one, but at the same time we need to play better."

Oliver Ekman-Larsson , on tonight's 4-2 loss

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> DON'T OVERLOOK IT <

The Islanders put on an enormous amount of pressure in the game's opening moments.

Despite allowing a goal just over a minute into the contest, Darcy Kuemper kept the game in control with a pair of magnificent saves to hold the Coyotes to within a shot, subduing New York's early attack.

His first early-game denial coming on Anders Lee two minutes after the Islanders' opening marker, his second rejection right before the first TV timeout on a Cole Bardreau breakaway.

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> GOTTA SEE IT <

Darcy Kuemper's two saves, of course, led to this:

Michael Grabner turned on the jets in the neutral zone to skate into a bank pass from Jakob Chychrun, fleeing past Islanders coverage to walk in free on Semyon Varlamov, beating New York's goaltender with a wrist shot to the top right corner, glove side.

Grabner's goal, a showcase of smarts, speed and skill, was his second of the season, and it momentarily tied the game, 1-1, with just under 10 minutes to play in the first period.

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> PHOTO FINISH <

Michael Grabner watches after following through on his shot that bested New York's Semyon Varlamov to the top right corner, beating the Islanders' goaltender high to the glove side to tie the game, 1-1, midway through the first period Thursday night at Nassau Coliseum. (Photo: Gregory Fisher / Getty Images)

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