GLENDALE, Arizona – Antti Raanta stopped 25 shots, Conor Garland scored his 20th goal as team leader, and the Arizona Coyotes defeated the New York Islanders 2-1 on Monday.
The Coyotes followed one of their best games of the season against Washington with another solid performance two days later.
Raanta was keen for the second game in a row after a shaky performance against Ottawa. Clayton Keller scored his first goal in nine games in the first period and Garland became Arizona's first 20 goal scorer of the season with a one-timer in the third.
The islanders had a shaky start to their four-game Western Conference trip and were excluded from Nashville and Vegas.
New York failed on numerous good chances against the Coyotes before Anthony Beauviller scored the islanders' first goal in 166 minutes in the third half. Semyon Varlamov stopped 30 shots.
The Coyotes had one of their best all-round games on Saturday night, holding Alex Ovechkin at 698 career goals in a 3-1 win over Washington.
Arizona hit the islanders early and had several chances before Keller scored in the first five minutes. His shot from the slot hit New York defender Nick Leddy past Varlamov.
Raanta, who stopped 36 shots against the capitals, made a series of hard parades as the islanders increased the pressure, especially during a power game late in the first round.
Devon Toews almost slipped past Raanta with a pointed shot. The puck went under Raanta's pads from the top of his skate and hit the post. A video check showed that the puck crashed along the line, but not completely above it.
Garland gave the Coyotes a 2-0 lead at the start of day three, a one-time pass by Christian Dvorak.
Shortly thereafter, Beauvillier scored New York's first goal on the road trip and directed Andy Greene's shot past Raanta's glove side.
Raanta made a series of hard saves on the track to win it.