Horvat scores twice, Sorokin makes 24 saves in Islanders' win over Coyotes
Matthew Barzal had two assists to give him 401 points in the NHL. Barzal, named to his third All-Star team Thursday, has six assists in his last six games. Horvat added an assist.
“Anders did his thing, and I thought that both Bo and ‘Barzy’ were skating determined,” Islanders coach Lane Lambert said. “Very solid, steady play away from the puck, both of them. As a result they had some opportunities and got some numbers.”
Mike Reilly also scored for the Islanders, who had lost three of four. Sorokin had three shutouts in five previous games against Arizona.
“Pretty much all our goals came off the forecheck, so that was big for us,” said Barzal, whose team is 1-1-1 on a four-game trip following a 5-4 overtime loss at Colorado on Tuesday night. “The last game in Colorado was not my line’s best, so we needed to bounce back."
“That’s when you learn the most, when things aren’t going your way,” said Coyotes forward Clayton Keller, named to his fourth All-Star team. “You have to dig deep, and that’s why I love this game so much. All the challenges, the setbacks, and the adversity."
Lee scored on an open chance from the slot at 4:49 of the third, when Barzal got a stick on an attempted clearing pass and it deflected to Lee. Gauthier carried the puck from his end and scored on a first short from the left circle.
“We came out really well in the third period,” Horvat said. “Something that we haven’t done in the past, and tonight I thought we did a great job of that.”
Horvat opened the scoring at 7:56 of the first period, 11 seconds into a power play. Noah Dobson slapped a rolling puck from the right circle that ricocheted off an defender right to Horvat, who put a quick wrister past Ingram from the slot.
Reilly made it 2-0 four minutes later, when he scored on a wrist shot from the low left circle. An Arizona turnover in the Islanders’ end led to a quick 3-on-1 break.
Schmaltz scored on a power play 3:29 into the second period to make it 2-1. The Coyotes had a 5-on-3 advantage for nine seconds after consecutive New York penalties and Schmaltz scored four seconds after the first penalty expired.
The Coyotes played without forward Jason Zucker, who served the first game of a three-game suspension after taking a boarding penalty against Florida on Tuesday night.
Islanders defenseman Robert Bortuzzo was placed on injured reserve before the game because of a lower-body injury. He was checked into the boards in the second period of a 5-4 overtime loss at Colorado on Tuesday night.
Islanders: At Vegas on Saturday night.
Coyotes: Host Winnipeg on Sunday night.
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