GLENDALE, Ariz. -- At last, in his 16th NHL season, Shane Doan has a hat trick, and he needed the very last second to pull it
"He wanted it in fashion tonight," teammate Keith Yandle said,
"a walk-off, so to speak."
Referees reviewed the goal as Doan waited, grinning.
"I wasn't going to be surprised if it didn't count," he said.
That's the kind of attitude to expect from a player has who has
come so close so often. If he had failed, his 39 two-goal games
without a hat trick would have set an NHL record.
Doan had been, along with Scott Mellanby, the only players in
league history with 300 goals but no three-goal games.
"There was a lot of excitement on that bench the last five
minutes of the game," Phoenix coach Dave Tippett said, "a lot of
players taking short shifts to get him back out there again."
Doan scored early in the first and second periods to set the
stage but had several close tries before getting the goal at the
last possible instant.
Nabokov had 25 saves. Mike Smith had 32 for Phoenix.
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 a handful of near misses in the third period left him
empty handed. He said it was "getting kind of embarrassing" to
have everyone trying so hard for him but failing to come through.
"My teammates kept giving me the puck and Tips kept throwing me
out there," Doan said. "Eventually something had to happen."
Ray Whitney got Doan his final chance.
"I looked up and there was like four and a half seconds left,"
Doan said, "and Whits got the puck and he started skating and I
knew he was trying to find me and I was thinking 'Oh my goodness,
I've got to figure out how to get up there. ... I knew he was going
to get it to me for a shot and I couldn't believe that it went
Doan's first goal of the night, and 10th of the season, came on
a deflection 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 the last in a flurry of shots but the puck
slipped from his left hand just outside the goal line, where
Nielsen knocked it in the unprotected net.
"We had our chances, it's not like we played poorly,"
Islanders coach Jack Capuano said. "We lost a couple of one-on-one
battles that cost us goals."
The Coyotes, who had lost six out of seven, scored twice in a
1:19 span in the second period to go up 3-1.
Doan put Phoenix ahead with a breakaway goal, his shot dribbling
between the legs of Nabokov after the goalie appeared to have the
shot safely blocked.
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 corner of the net over the embattled Nabokov and it was
4-1 with 5:21 still left in the third.
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 Friday night.
"It's very disappointing," New York's Mark Streit said.
first period of the last two games were good. We were in the game
and then within a couple minutes we just threw the game away."
Doan had a hat trick in just 6:25 for Canada against
Belarus in the 2007 world championships. ... Phoenix D Adrian Aucoin sat out the game with an injured right eye, the result of a
puck to the face Thursday night in a 1-0 overtime loss to Los
Angeles. ... Streit played in his 400th NHL game and teammate
Tavares his 200th. ... Phoenix LW Raffi Torres returned after
serving a two-game suspension. ... Doan had two power-play goals in
the season opener against San Jose. ... Phoenix D David Schlemko
left with a lower-body injury in the second period.