GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) Shane Doan scored at the buzzer for the first hat
of his 16-year NHL career, leading the Phoenix Coyotes to a 5-1 victory
over the New York Islanders on Saturday night.
Doan, in his 1,161st game, fired a slap shot past goalie Evgeni Nabokov
just before the buzzer sounded. The 35-year-old team captain had
along with Scott Mellanby, the only players in league history with 300
but no hat tricks.
Doan scored early in the first and second periods to set the stage but
missed several close tries before getting the goal at the last possible
Taylor Pyatt and Oliver Ekman-Larsson also scored for Phoenix. Frans
Nielsen scored the Islanders’ lone goal.
New York goalie Evgeni Nabokov had 25 saves. Mike Smith had 32 for
Doan scored 1:41 into the first period and 1:39 into the second, so there
was plenty of time for him to get that still-elusive third. But after a
of near misses after that, it appeared he was headed for his 39th two-
game, which would have set a record for most by any player without a
Doan’s first goal of the night, and 10th of the season, came on a
of teammate Mikkel Boedker’s shot. Doan’s shot slipped in above
Nabokov’s right shoulder.
The Islanders tied it on a power play exactly halfway through the period
after Marc-Antoine Pouliot was called for tripping. Smith had stopped
last in a flurry of shots but the puck slipped from his left hand just
the goal line, where Nielsen knocked it in the unprotected net.
The Coyotes, who had lost six out of seven, scored twice in a 1:19 span
the second period to go up 3-1.
Doan put Phoenix ahead with a breakaway goal, his shot dribbling
the legs of Nabokov after the goalie appeared to have the shot safely
Pyatt ended a 14-game goal drought with a wrister that made it 3-1with
16:19 left in the period. Ekman-Larsson sailed a shot into the right
of the net over the embattled Nabokov and it was 4-1 with 5:21 still left
John Tavares’ assist on Nielsen’s goal extended his points streak to five
games. He has two goals and seven assists in that span. Nabokov has
allowed nine goals in two games. The Islanders lost at Anaheim 4-2 on
Doan had a hat trick in just 6:25 for Canada against Belarus in the 2007
Notes: Phoenix D Adrian Aucoin sat out the game with an injured right
the result of a puck to the face Thursday night in a 1-0 overtime loss to
Los Angeles. … Islanders D Mark Streit played in his 400th NHL game
teammate Tavares his 200th. … Phoenix LW Raffi Torres returned after
serving a two-game suspension. … Doan had two power-play goals in
season opener against San Jose.