With nowhere else to turn before his first penalty shot, Brad Isbister asked his goalie for some advice.
It worked as Isbister beat Coyotes goalie Sean Burke with a move that got Kevin Weekes's approval and helped the New York Islanders to a 2-2 tie tonight with the Phoenix Coyotes.
Isbister gave New York a 1-0 first-period lead after being pulled down by Keith Carney on a breakaway.
"Izzy asked me where to go, and I didn't really know where," Weekes said. "He said, 'How about forehand to backhand?' and I said that sounded fine."
Playing in his first game against his former team, Isbister skated to the left of Burke, deked to his backhand and lifted a shot over the goalie's pad for his 13th goal.
"I kind of had that move in mind," said Isbister, acquired by New York from the Coyotes last March 20. "I asked Kevin, and he assured me it was okay, so I went with it."
The Coyotes didn't feel the penalty shot was warranted.
"Stewie makes the call," Coyotes Coach Bob Francis said of referee Paul Stewart. "I think it was clear that [Isbister] wasn't in."
Isbister had an earlier goal waved off when he was called for a penalty.
Weekes, who stopped 30 shots--including all 14 he faced in a difficult first period--was not surprised Isbister asked him for help.
"I'm a goalie," Weekes said. "There's no other person to come to other than me."
Bill Muckalt scored early in the third to rally New York.
Muckalt skated down the right wing and cut across the slot. His backhander was stopped, but the rebound came right back to Muckalt, who scored his eighth goal at 5 minutes 59 seconds.
Burke started his second straight game in goal for Phoenix after missing 16 contests with a torn thumb ligament. He stopped two point-blank attempts with 4:30 left in regulation to preserve the draw.
Deron Quint scored his fifth goal 1:48 into the third period to give the Coyotes their only lead.
Jyrki Lumme tied it 4:36 into the second with his sixth goal.