The Upshot: NY Islanders score four in the third in a 4-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings

Detroit Red Wings v New York Islanders
Detroit Red Wings v New York Islanders / Bruce Bennett/GettyImages

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The Islanders scored four unanswered goals in the third period to come back and defeat the Detroit Red Wings 4-1 at UBS Arena on Saturday afternoon. Trailing 1-0 after a Dylan Larkin power-play goal for the Red Wings, Zach Parise broke through to tie the game at 2:11 of the third period. Anders Lee scored his first of two goals a 4:39, tipping in a shot from Hudson Fasching. Later in the period, Kyle Palmieri later tipped in a Noah Dobson shot on the power play, and Ilya Sorokin made 22 saves for the Islanders (32-25-8). Magnus Hellberg had 32 saves for the Red Wings.


The Islanders outplayed the Red Wings thoroughly (shots were 27-12) but found themselves down 1-0 after two periods after Dylan Larkin's power-play goal late in the second period. Despite not being able to break through, the team showed poise to stay with their game and played a great third period to score four unanswered goals. For the game, the Islanders outshot Detroit 36-23.


There was only one tough sequence in this game. After Bo Horvat took a high-sticking penalty, the Islanders almost immediately had a great short-handed chance. Casey Cizikas and Josh Bailey came in on a 2-on-2 rush. Bailey made a strong move to slide across and had the goaltender moving but missed the net. Moments later, Larking scored on the power play for a 1-0 Red Wings lead.


This was the first time all season the Red Wings failed to earn at least a point in a game they led after two periods. Strong third periods had been a theme for the Islanders early in the season, but then they went a long stretch without being able to score in the final 20 minutes at all. Now, they're back on the upswing and are +13 over the last eight games (5-2-1).


The Saturday matinee was an opportunity for a lot of parents to bring their young kids to the game. We know how hockey players are role models, but one sign took it a little bit further.

We don't know if Mom approved, or had a hand in the making the sign.


The Islanders are back on the ice on Tuesday night when they face one of the teams that is chasing them with games in hand, the Buffalo Sabres. Face-off from UBS Arena is set for 7:30 PM ET.