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Nielsen scores late in 3rd period, Halak posts shutout in Isles' 1-0 win over Coyotes

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GLENDALE, Ariz. - Frans Nielsen scored the lone goal with 2:31 left in the third period, Jaroslav Halak made 19 saves, and the New York Islanders held on for a 1-0 win over the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday night.

The Islanders finished their five-game Western trip with three consecutive wins.

Nielsen took a centring pass from Mikhail Grabovski, who had worked the puck behind the net, and fired a shot under goalie Mike Smith's glove.

The Coyotes got a late power play and pulled Smith in the final 90 seconds, but were unable to force overtime with a two-man advantage. Smith finished with 31 saves.

Smith, who struggled at the start of the season, has stopped 152 of 162 shots in his last five games.

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