Yandle scored a power-play goal with 9:41 remaining to help the Coyotes beat the Flyers 3-1 on Saturday night for their second victory in three games.
Yandle’s goal came moments after Adrian Aucoin(notes) bobbled a bouncing puck on the blue line. As coach John Stevens and the Flyers bench screamed for an offside call, Aucoin moved the puck to Lombardi, who passed to Yandle at the top of the left circle. Yandle took one stride in and beat Ray Emery(notes) with a hard wrist shot past his outstretched glove.
“I guess the other guys, the other team, thought it maybe was an offside,” Lombardi said. “Yands just foiund a hole there and I kind of threw it to him and he made a great shot.”
After the game, Stevens and Flyers players said one linesman was raising his arm to call offsides while the other waved off the violation.
“We all thought it was offsides and the players reacted to it,” Stevens said. “But we still have to kill off the power play.”
Added Hartnett, “You can’t blame Ray for that one. He thought what we all did.”
“He (the referee) said I got him on the hands but I got him on the stick,” Pronger said. “I disagree. I didn’t think it should have been a goal. I didn’t even think it was a penalty. He had his stick down. How am I going to get him on the hands when I lifted his stick?”
After a scoreless first period, Lombardi briefly gave Phoenix the lead. Doan drove the puck into the low slot, tapped a back pass to Robert Lang(notes) in the right circle and Lang found Lombardi in the middle of the left circle for the one-timer past Emery at 4:49 of the second period.
“We’ve been looking for a couple of plays that matter and those were the plays,” Coyotes coach Dave Tippett said.
The Flyers answered quickly, with Hartnell taking a long outlet pass from Claude Giroux(notes) while skating backward into the Phoenix zone before turning and firing the puck over Ilya Bryzgalov’s(notes) glove and just inside the right post.
NOTES: Doan tied Thomas Steen for third place on the franchise goal list with 264. … Lombardi’s goal was his first since October 22. He missed the past three games with an upper-body injury. … The Coyotes were perfect on five penalty kills and have successfully killed 11 straight penalties over three games. … Philadelphia has not won in Phoenix since 2003 and is 1-5-0 on the road against the Coyotes dating to 2000-01. … Flyers center Blair Betts(notes) returned to the locker room late in the first period with a dislocated right shoulder and will miss at least a month. … Phoenix defenseman Ed Jovanovski(notes) was scratched for the seventh straight game because of a lower-body injury. … Emery has started 18 of 20 games this season and 10 of the Flyers’ past 11.