Well, this was the perfect start for the New York Islanders. The Islanders welcomed back Thomas Greiss for the first time and just nine seconds in they welcomed him back with a goal from Anthony Beauvillier.
How about the effort from Anders Lee off the draw. Good stuff, these are the things you love to see. The Islanders weren't done in the period either. Finally, after going eight games in a row without a goal, Oliver Wahlstrom scored off a nice feed from Mathew Barzal.
In the previous 20 games, Oliver Wahlstrom had just one goal. Man did he need that. In the second period, the Islanders special teams was excellent. They got a power play opportunity and once again it was Anders Lee on the assist this time finding Brock Nelson.
Brock Nelson's career year continues as he continues his quest for 30 goals. He's yet to hit that mark yet but with how he's been scoring, just give it a little bit of time he'll get there.
In the third, the game opened up a little bit. Just 1:19 into the period, Kyle Palmieri left a drop pass for Josh Bailey who ripped one top shelf to make it 4-0.
At 13:25 Pius Suter scored on a deflection to beat Ilya Sorokin who was otherwise fantastic tonight. Ilya didn't have a chance on that one as Detroit cut the Islanders lead to three. That lasted less than a minute as Brock Nelson scored his 29th of the season just moments later.
What a play from Anders Lee, Anthony Beauvillier, and then Brock Nelson on the finish:
The Red Wings were quick to get within three again though. Sebastian Aho, who came in for the injured Scott Mayfield had a brutal turnover that resulted in Sam Gagner scoring his eighth goal of the season.
The Red Wings pulled the goalie early but to no prevail. The Islanders would hold on to win from a stellar performance from Ilya Sorokin in net, with Brock Nelson and Anders Lee too. The Islanders are back in action on Saturday afternoon.