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Coyotes end nine-game losing streak

Louis Domingue makes 27 saves in shootout win against Islanders

by Jerry Brown / NHL.com Correspondent

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Louis Domingue made six of his 27 saves in overtime, and the Arizona Coyotes ended a nine-game losing streak with a 2-1 shootout win against the New York Islanders at Gila River Arena on Saturday.

Brendan Perlini scored in the third period and Anthony Duclair and Radim Vrbata scored in the shootout for Arizona (12-22-6), which had lost five in a row at home but entered its five-day break on a positive note.

It was the 44th career shootout goal for Vrbata, the most in NHL history.

 

WATCH: All Islanders vs. Coyotes highlights

 

"We need that win. We needed it a week ago, or two weeks ago," Vrbata said. "But to go on this break without a win … now everyone can feel a little better and take a few days to regroup."

Domingue won his first game since Nov. 8 against the Colorado Avalanche. He was itching to play after allowing four goals on 24 shots in a 4-2 loss against the Calgary Flames on Dec. 31.

"I'm not going to lie; I needed to prove something to everybody here in the room including myself," Domingue said. "It feels really good. I found a way and our group played super well in front of me."

Alan Quine scored in the second period and Thomas Greiss made 24 saves for the Islanders (15-15-8), who lost 2-1 in overtime at the Colorado Avalanche on Friday. The Islanders had 34 seconds of power-play time and six shots in overtime but failed to capitalize.

"That was probably the best overtime we have played all year and we still can't win a game," Islanders coach Jack Capuano said. "We had a stretch where (the offense) was going and now we are back to two goals in the last two games."

New York has points in six of the past seven games (4-1-2), but back-to-back losses on a two-game road trip after a five-day break was unsatisfying.

"We came in waves (offensively) in both games," Islanders forward Andrew Ladd said. "You have to find a way to win. It's tough to swallow when you need the points and you just can't find a way to come up with it."

The injury-riddled Coyotes were missing seven players, including forwards Martin Hanzal and Jordan Martinook, pressing defenseman Kevin Connauton into a forward role.

"If there had been a right winger walking by the arena, he would have been in the lineup today," Vrbata said.

Video: NYI@ARI: Vrbata makes great move to score SO winner

Quine gave the Islanders a 1-0 lead at 15:35 of the second period when Domingue went behind the net to stop a dump-in, but his pass up the center of the ice was intercepted. Quine deflected Johnny Boychuk's shot from near the blue line past Domingue.

The Coyotes had two chances to tie the game shorthanded, but Lawson Crouse hit the post with 45 seconds left in the second period and Tobias Rieder hit the crossbar on a breakaway with 7:19 left in the third.

"When Rieder missed, you wonder what we have to do to score," Arizona coach Dave Tippett said.

But the Coyotes tied the game at 14:05 when Perlini deflected Connor Murphy's shot from the side boards between Greiss' pads.

"I'd like to say I was aiming for the five-hole, but it was a lucky tip," said Perlini, who has two goals in his past four games. "A lot of my soccer buddies will watch that one and be proud."

 

Goal of the game

Duclair got Arizona off to a great start in the shootout with a series of nifty moves that had Greiss lunging before he put the puck past the Islanders goalie with a backhand shot.

Video: NYI@ARI: Duclair dekes, lifts backhand to score in SO

 

Save of the game

Greiss made consecutive saves on Peter Holland, Rieder and Luke Schenn in succession during a wild scramble around the net late in the first period to keep the game scoreless.

Video: NYI@ARI: Greiss makes a spectacular series of stops

 

Unsung performance of the game

With the Coyotes short of forwards, Connauton played more than seven minutes at right wing.

 

Highlight of the game

Prince didn't have a shot on goal, but he hit a post and a crossbar on separate rushes 22 seconds apart in overtime when the Islanders outshot Arizona 6-1 but couldn't score.

Video: NYI@ARI: Prince rings one off the post in OT

 
They said it

"He beat me clean twice, but luckily I had my friends with me." -- Coyotes goalie Louis Domingue on Islanders forward Shane Prince's chances in overtime

 

Need to know

Boychuk had an assist in his 500th NHL game. … Coyotes captain Shane Doan was honored for his 400th NHL goal and 1,500th NHL game in a pregame ceremony. NHL Senior Vice President of Hockey Operations Kris King, a former teammate who was on the ice when Doan scored his first goal with the Winnipeg Jets in 1995-96, presented Doan with a gift from the League.

 

What's next

Islanders: Host the Florida Panthers on Wednesday (7 p.m. MSG+, FS-F, NHL.TV)

Coyotes: Host the Winnipeg Jets on Friday (9 p.m. ET; FS-A, TSN3, NHL.TV)

 Video: Coyotes defeat Islanders in a shootout, 2-1

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