ARIZONA COYOTES

Coyotes defeat Islanders for 3rd straight win at Mullett Arena

Dec 16, 2022, 10:52 PM | Updated: Dec 17, 2022, 8:04 am
Arizona Coyotes right wing Clayton Keller (9) carries the puck towards the goal past New York Islan...

Arizona Coyotes right wing Clayton Keller (9) carries the puck towards the goal past New York Islanders left wing Anders Lee in the third period during an NHL hockey game, Friday, Dec. 16, 2022, in Tempe, Ariz. Arizona won 5-4. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

(AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Travis Boyd knocked in his own rebound early in the third period to break a tie and Clayton Keller added his second goal of the game late as the Arizona Coyotes held on to beat the New York Islanders 5-4 on Friday night.

Shayne Gostisbehere and Nick Bjugstad also scored for the Coyotes, who have won four straight home games — three since concluding a 14-game, 33-day road trip last week. Karel Vejmelka had 30 saves in his fourth straight start.

“I just took it to the blue paint and was able to smack in the rebound,” Boyd said. “It was a big one for me. Going through a little cold streak, it is always nice to get one. Hopefully I can get on a little bit of a roll.”

Mathew Barzal had a goal and an assist, and Sebastian Aho, Anthony Beauvillier and Noah Dobson also scored for the Islanders, who are 1-3-1 in their last five. Oliver Wahlstrom had two assists Ilya Sorokin finished with 24 saves.

Keller has five goals in his last three games, and both his goals in this game were redirected into the net after hitting Islanders defenders. His second-period goal caromed off Scott Mayfield’s skate, and he gave the Coyotes a 5-3 lead with 5:11 left after his shot appeared to hit Alexander Romanov in the groin region.

“There were a few pretty goals, but there were a lot of deflections, rebounds. Traffic. It was that kind of a game on both sides, a heavy game,” Coyotes coach Andre Tourigny said. “We created a lot of offense off our forecheck, and they did the same.”

The Islanders wasted little time or energy in taking an early lead. Aho beat Vejmelka with a slap shot from above the left circle just 1:41 into the game on New York’s first shot.

Barzal made it 2-0 lead when he slipped in a rebound after Robin Salo’s slap shot from the left point with 6:27 left in the opening period. Barzal, fifth in the NHL with 27 in assists, scored his third goal — all in the last 13 games.

Gostisbehere cut it to 2-1 when he picked up an attempted clearing pass and put a wrist shot from the the slot through traffic with 44 seconds remaining in the first. He scored 3 seconds after a high-sticking penalty to Beauvillier expired but before the Islanders’ forward could get back into the play.

The Coyotes scored twice in a 14-second span midway through the second to take a 3-2 lead. Keller scored first, when his wrist shot from the left circle caromed in off Mayfield at 8:55. Bjugstad followed after the ensuing face-off on a one-timer from the left circle for his seventh.

Dobson scored an unassisted goal to tie it at 3-3 with 2:15 left in the second period. It was his second goal in two games.

Boyd put the Coyotes ahead for good at 2:08 of the third.

LOOSE PUCKS

Keller’s 29 points are the most for a Coyotes player in the first 28 games of the season since had Ladislav Nagy had 30 in 2003-04.

UP NEXT

The Coyotes host the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday night at 7 p.m. on ESPN 620 AM / 98.7 FM HD-2, the Arizona Sports app and ArizonaSports.com.

New York Islanders defenseman Sebastian Aho (25) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against the Arizona Coyotes in the first period during an NHL hockey game, Friday, Dec. 16, 2022, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Arizona Coyotes center Nick Bjugstad shields New York Islanders defenseman Noah Dobson (8) from the puck in the first period during an NHL hockey game, Friday, Dec. 16, 2022, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) New York Islanders defenseman Noah Dobson (8) checks Arizona Coyotes left wing Nick Ritchie (12) off the puck in the first period during an NHL hockey game, Friday, Dec. 16, 2022, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) New York Islanders goaltender Semyon Varlamov, front left, makes a save in front of Arizona Coyotes left wing Nick Ritchie (12) in the first period during an NHL hockey game, Friday, Dec. 16, 2022, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Arizona Coyotes goaltender Karel Vejmelka (70) makes a save in front of New York Islanders left wing Zach Parise (11) in the second period during an NHL hockey game, Friday, Dec. 16, 2022, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) New York Islanders defenseman Noah Dobson celebrates with defenseman Sebastian Aho (25) after scoring a goal against the Arizona Coyotes in the second period during an NHL hockey game, Friday, Dec. 16, 2022, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) New York Islanders center Mathew Barzal (13) skates away from Arizona Coyotes defenseman J.J. Moser in the second period during an NHL hockey game, Friday, Dec. 16, 2022, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) New York Islanders center Casey Cizikas, left, skates around Arizona Coyotes defenseman Patrik Nemeth (2) in the second period during an NHL hockey game, Friday, Dec. 16, 2022, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Arizona Coyotes center Nick Schmaltz (8) carries the puck past New York Islanders defenseman Robin Salo (2) in the third period during an NHL hockey game, Friday, Dec. 16, 2022, in Tempe, Ariz. Arizona won 5-4. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) New York Islanders goaltender Ilya Sorokin (30) makes the save in front of Arizona Coyotes center Travis Boyd (72) in the third period during an NHL hockey game, Friday, Dec. 16, 2022, in Tempe, Ariz. Arizona won 5-4. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Arizona Coyotes center Barrett Hayton (29) carries the puck on New York Islanders left wing Anthony Beauvillier (18) in the third period during an NHL hockey game, Friday, Dec. 16, 2022, in Tempe, Ariz. Arizona won 5-4. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) New York Islanders defenseman Alexander Romanov (28) gets helped off the ice by teammates and trainer in the third period during an NHL hockey game against the Arizona Coyotes, Friday, Dec. 16, 2022, in Tempe, Ariz. Arizona won 5-4. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) New York Islanders defenseman Robin Salo (2) and Arizona Coyotes right wing Christian Fischer (36) fight for the puck in the third period during an NHL hockey game, Friday, Dec. 16, 2022, in Tempe, Ariz. Arizona won 5-4. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Arizona Coyotes right wing Clayton Keller (9) carries the puck towards the goal past New York Islanders left wing Anders Lee in the third period during an NHL hockey game, Friday, Dec. 16, 2022, in Tempe, Ariz. Arizona won 5-4. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Arizona Coyotes center Travis Boyd (72) reacts after scoring a goal against the New York Islanders in the third period during an NHL hockey game, Friday, Dec. 16, 2022, in Tempe, Ariz. Arizona won 5-4. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Arizona Coyotes center Travis Boyd (72) scores a goal on New York Islanders goaltender Ilya Sorokin (30) in the third period during an NHL hockey game, Friday, Dec. 16, 2022, in Tempe, Ariz. Arizona won 5-4. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

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