“We've been doing it together,” Coyotes forward Mike Ribeiro said. “Everyone's chipping in... We stick with games. We play sixty minutes and we never quit.”
New York got on the scoreboard first when Islanders forward Eric Boulon tipped in a slap shot from Andrew MacDonald at 13:06 in the first period.
Less than 90-seconds later the Coyotes tied up the game on Keith Yandle's fourth goal of the season. Yandle was assisted by Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Radim Vrbata.
“I thought we were pretty solid... ,” Coyotes head coach Dave Tippett said. “We didn't get flustered when we got down one. We came out of the first period 1-1. I thought we played a very good first period.”
The first period was a low scoring affair. The second period was its antithesis.
Phoenix scored three unanswered goals with the first seven-minutes of the second period. At 2:34 Rob Klinkhammer scored his sixth goal of the season.
Less than two-minutes later Mikkel Boedker scored his eighth goal of the season after finding the puck in a scrum in the Islanders' crease and putting in the back of the net. At 4:31 Phoenix grabbed a 3-1 advantage
The Coyotes second period scoring spree wasn't over.
Coyotes forward Ribeiro scored his ninth goal of the season and was assisted by Klinkhammer. At 6:15 in the second period Phoenix held a 4-1 lead over New York.
But the Coyotes momentum was short lived as the Islanders scored a pair of quick goals and with 6:55 remaining in the second period they had cut down the Coyotes lead and only trailed 4-3.
The Islanders were riding a surge of offensive excellence but any momentum or notion of a come back was thwarted by Coyotes forward Mikkel Boedker
With 1:01 left in the second period Boedker scored his second goal of the night and ninth of the season. After three period Phoenix lead 5-3.
“They got a bit of a high and once you're on that high you kind of want to close that down as quick as you can,” Boedker said. “I think the goal kind of took the wind out of them a little bit.”
The Coyotes added another goal with less than six-minutes left in the third period when Klinkhammer scored his second goal of the game.
After missing the previous game with an illness Coyotes goalie Mike Smith was back in the cage and made 21-saves. With the win he improved his career record against the Islanders to 4-1-0.
The 6-3 win improved the Coyotes season tally to 18-8-5 and the Islanders dropped to 9-19-5.
Phoenix has won three out of their last five-games and are currently fourth in the Pacific Division standings.
The Coyotes get Friday off to rest and recuperate. On Saturday they are hosting the Carolina Hurricanes and the puck is scheduled to drop 6 p.m. (MST) at Jobing.com Arena.