UNIONDALE, N.Y. — Jordan Eberle and Brock Nelson scored to back Robin Lehner’s fifth shutout of the season as the Islanders beat the Arizona Coyotes, 2-0, on Sunday at Nassau Coliseum.
Lehner stopped 31 shots to help the Islanders win for the second time in two days and keep pace with first-place Washington in the Metropolitan Division. The Capitals, who beat Philadelphia, 3-1, lead the Islanders by a point with six games remaining for both teams, including a matchup at Washington in the season finale on April 6.
The Islanders also moved ahead of the Pittsburgh Penguins into sole possession of second place.
Starting for the second straight day, Lehner had nine saves in the first period and 11 each in the second and third to improve to 22-12-5 this season. The Islanders, who beat the Flyers, 4-2, on Saturday, are now 11-1-1 in the second game of back-to-backs. They also lead the N.H.L. with 10 shutouts.
“I feel like the majority of games we’ve won, we’ve gone into the third period 1-0, 2-1, low scores,” Lehner said. “When we are playing our game, we have confidence. We play hard, wait for them to make mistakes and try to capitalize on it.”
With the Islanders leading, 1-0, defenseman Johnny Boychuk was called for slashing at 6 minutes 42 seconds of the third, but the Islanders smothered the Coyotes on the ensuing power play. At 8:47, the Islanders had their chance with the man advantage when Arizona defenseman Jason Demers was called for hooking.
Lehner then stopped the speedy former Islander Michael Grabner — who has a league-best six short-handed goals this season — on a breakaway.
Nelson made it 2-0 with 3:14 remaining with his 24th of the season. It was initially waved off by the officials, but the call was overturned after a video review.
Eberle put the Islanders ahead 4:37 into the game when he tapped a rebound of Nick Leddy’s shot past Darcy Kuemper. It was Eberle’s 15th goal of the season but just his second since Feb. 9.
Kuemper finished with 24 saves as the Coyotes lost their fifth in a row (0-3-2), and finished 0-3-1 on a four-game trip. Arizona has not won since March 14 against Anaheim at home, where there will play four of their last six games as they try to make the playoffs for the first time since 2012.