Domingue leads Coyotes to 1-0 win over struggling Islanders

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) Louis Domingue stopped 25 shots for his first NHL shutout, Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored and the Arizona Coyotes bounced back from their worst defensive performance of the season to beat the slumping New York Islanders 1-0 on Saturday night.

Two nights after a 7-5 loss to Columbus, the Coyotes stymied the Islanders despite entering the night allowing a league-worst 4.6 goals per game in December.

The Islanders have managed two goals in a three-game skid that followed a 10-game winning streak.

Ekman-Larsson's one-timer late in the first period held up as Domingue was sharp. He replaced Anders Lindback, who was out with an illness.

Jaroslav Halak stopped 28 shots for the Islanders, who played the first of two scheduled games without points leader Kyle Okposo. He was resting a nagging lower-body injury.

That moved Steve Bernier into the lineup, while Anders Lee replaced Okposo on New York's top line. It didn't jump-start an impotent offense.

Brock Nelson has been the only player to score in the Islanders' longest regulation losing streak of the season.

Lee, who went without a goal for the 13th straight game, lost John Tavares' pass in the defensive zone late in the first period. It led to Ekman-Larsson getting his seventh goal off Anthony Duclair's backhand feed at 17:59.

The Islanders, after failing to get a shot off on a first-period power play, started to pepper Domingue with shots to no avail.

Domingue's biggest stop was a pad save on Casey Cizikas's short-handed breakaway following Michael Stone's turnover early in the second. The Coyotes also killed off a power play midway through the final period.

New York's night of frustration was summed up midway through that period when Matt Martin fanned on a shot. He then raced to try to level a hit, but Ekman-Larsson twirled away from the brunt of it and Martin crashed into the boards.

It was an impressive turnaround for the Coyotes after coach Dave Tippett described Thursday's loss ''disgusting.'' It was the most goals allowed by Arizona at home in five years.

Connor Murphy leveled a big hit early and the Coyotes were quick to start skirmishes in front of Domingue in their second win in nine games.

With the injured Mike Smith sidelined two months and the struggling Lindback missing practice Friday, Domingue got his first start for Arizona since April.

The Coyotes' only other shutout was a 4-0 victory at Anaheim on Oct. 14.

NOTES: By sitting Saturday and Monday against Anaheim, Okposo will get nine days' rest before the Islanders host Toronto on Dec. 27. … Arizona C Martin Hanzal (lower-body) returned after missing four games. … Coyotes D Zbynek Michalek (lower-body) missed his third straight game. … Ekman-Larsson took two penalties. … Coyotes captain Shane Doan moved into 29th place on the NHL career list with 1,417 games played.