The scoreboard isn’t always an accurate barometer of a team’s play.

The Coyotes certainly felt that after their first date with the New York Islanders in Game 3 of the season. They were leveled 6-1, prompting a closed-door, players-only meeting, but still felt they deserved a better fate.

This time around, though, the score was definitely more indicative of the Coyotes’ effort.

They were in charge for most of their 6-3 win over the Islanders in front of 10,996 Thursday at Jobing.com Arena, which included a wild, six-goal second period.

“We controlled it really well,” winger Rob Klinkhammer said. “We were good on the tempo. We played a smart game, and we got the job done.”

Four Coyotes players contributed multi-point efforts. Klinkhammer added two goals and an assist, center Mike Ribeiro had a goal and two assists and winger Mikkel Boedker had a pair of goals.

“Everyone can chip in,” Ribeiro said. “Everyone can score.”

That improved the Coyotes to 8-1-1 against Eastern Conference foes this season, an encouraging sign since their next five games are versus the East.

Despite leaving the first period tied, the Coyotes looked in control – outshooting the Islanders 17-6.

The Islanders scored first when winger Eric Boulton redirected a shot from defenseman Andrew MacDonald at 13:06.

But the Coyotes made it 1-1 only 1:28 later on a power play goal from defenseman Keith Yandle, whose wrist shot beat Islanders goalie Kevin Poulin.

It was their seventh power play goal in their last six home games, which ranks their home power play in the top-five in the league.

“It would have been easy to say, ‘Oh geez, I can’t believe we don’t have a lead,’” coach Dave Tippett said. “But our guys stuck with it, and that’s the sign of we’re doing things right that allow us to win.”

The opportunities in the second period increased for both teams, resulting in a frenzied six-goal outburst.

The Coyotes scored their first three of the period in 3:41.

Klinkhammer accepted a feed from Ribeiro and his centering attempt went off defenseman Aaron Ness’s stick at 2:34.

“I didn’t even know if it was going to go to anyone, but the D-man put it in for me so thanks to him,” Klinkhammer said.