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Doan's hat trick spurs Coyotes over Islanders

Jan 8, 2012 - 5:59 AM
Glendale, AZ (Sports Network) - Shane Doan recorded his first career hat trick and Mike Smith made 31 saves as the Phoenix Coyotes took a 5-1 victory over the New York Islanders.

Taylor Pyatt and Oliver Ekman-Larsson also lit the lamp for Phoenix, which snapped a two-game losing streak.

Frans Nielsen scored for the Islanders, who dropped their second straight game. Evgeni Nabokov allowed all five goals on 25 shots.

"It's tough on Nabby. He's been playing really well," Islanders defenseman Mark Streit said. "We had some major breakdowns defensively.

Phoenix struck first just 1:41 into the opening period when Doan grabbed a loose puck to the left of the net after a flurry of shots were blocked in front and sent a wrister into the twine.

New York, though, was issued a power play near the midpoint of the first and converted on the man advantage when Nielsen cleaned up a rebound to send the game into the first intermission tied at one.

But the second period belonged to Phoenix as the hosts tallied three goals in the frame.

The first came off the stick of Doan at the 1:39 mark on a breakaway and Pyatt gave the Coyotes a two-goal advantage two minutes later with a wrister from the slot that went past the stick side of Nabokov.

Ekman-Larsson lifted a shot into the top-right corner of the net from the left circle with 5:21 left in the second to increase the Coyotes' cushion.

Doan completed the scoring and his first career hat trick on the 308th goal of his 16-year career with one second to go in the third period on a slap shot from the top of the left circle that screamed past the goaltender just before time expired.

"It's kind of different the way it happened," Doan said of his first career hat trick. "My teammates kept giving me the puck and Tip (Coyotes coach Dave Tippett) kept throwing me out there. Eventually, something had to happen."

Game Notes

Phoenix improved to 8-8-3 at home this season, while New York fell to 6-10-3 on the road...The Islanders went 1-for-2 on the power play...Phoenix was 0- for-3 with the man advantage.