Welcome to Snap Shots, our condensed post-game recap of the New York Islanders latest NHL matchup
Detroit Red Wings Vs New York Islanders
Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, New York
Start Time: 7:07pm EST End Time: 9:51pm EST
Announced attendance: 15,619
New York Islanders
Detroit Red Wings
The theme of tonight’s Red Wings-Isles game seemed to be injuries. Goalie Evgeni Nabokov got the start over Kevin Poulin, but went down early in the first with a groin injury and did not return to action. Then a couple of minutes into the second depth winger Cal Clutterbuck was helped off the ice holding a towel to his face, though he did return to the game.
In terms of offense this was a back and forth affair with the two teams trading goals right up to the final guns. John Tavares had a goal and an assist, and Casey Cizikas scored for the second game in a row. Rookie forward Brock Nelson netted his third of the year and recent callup Aaron Ness earned his first career assist on Pierre-Marc Bouchard‘s fifth of the year early in the third. But the Wings converted on their only power play opportunity of the evening, and tied the game with 43 seconds to play in regulation.
The Isles’ special teams suffered, failing to kill their lone penalty, and converting on just one of five power play attempts.
|04:03||NYI||John Tavares (9) Tip-in – ASST: Josh Bailey (5)||1 – 0 NYI|
|04:12||DET||Darren Helm (2) Wrist shot – ASST: Jonathan Ericsson (3), Niklas Kronwall (11)||1 – 1 Tie|
|17:18||DET||PPG – Pavel Datsyuk (10) Tip-in – ASST: Mikael Samuelsson (1), Henrik Zetterberg (12)||2 – 1 DET|
|17:50||NYI||Casey Cizikas (2) Backhand shot – ASST: Colin McDonald (1), Matt Martin (2)||2 – 2 Tie|
|18:23||DET||Johan Franzen (5) Wrist shot – ASST: Darren Helm (2)||3 – 2 DET|
|19:10||NYI||PPG – Brock Nelson (3) Wrist shot – ASST: John Tavares (16), Andrew MacDonald (6)||3 – 3 Tie|
Islanders: 41 shots
Red Wings: 23 shots
Faceoffs: Wings 29, Isles 28
The Wings’ Pavel Datsyuk scored on a freak bounce with less than a minute to go in the third to erase what looked like a certain Isles win and tie the game. Overtime solved nothing, and it came down to the shootout. Frans Nielsen scored the lone shootout goal to give the Isles the win and the extra point.
Another late collapse for the Isles, as they blew a lead late in the game, but managed to salvage the evening in the shootout. The Isles now embark on another extended road trip, three games this time. Their first stop takes them north of the border to Toronto as they face the red-hot Maple Leafs for the first time this season.