HOW IT HAPPENED
The New York Islanders' five-game winning streak was snapped on Saturday afternoon in Motown, as the Detroit Red Wings, behind 24 saves from Ville Husso defeated the Isles 3-0 at Little Caesars Arena on Saturday afternoon. Lucas Raymond scored the game's first goal at 6:29 of the second period as Detroit was able to convert a 5-on-3 power play. Dominik Kubalik had a goal and an assist for Detroit (6-3-2).
In the loss, Semyon Varlamov made 22 saves for the Isles (7-5-0), who were shut out for the first time this season. Varlamov had to leave during the second period after a collision in his crease and was replaced by Ilya Sorokin, who played the final 8:13 of the period.
WHAT WENT RIGHT
In a game scarce of positives, you can point to Varlamov being able to return for the third period as one of the few things that went right for the Islanders on Saturday. The collision was a result of some "friendly fire" as Zach Parise checked Raymond from behind and sent him barreling head-first into Varlamov, who fell toward the back of the net.
The concussion-spotter pulled him from the game, but he was cleared in time for the third period. "I feel good right now," said Varlamov, who stopped 22-of-24 shots. "I'm glad I was able to come back and finish the game and give [Sorokin] some rest."
WHAT WENT WRONG
This game was lost on special teams. For the fourth straight game, the Islanders allowed a power-play goal after not allowing any during the first eight. A 5-on-3 power play can swing momentum one way or the other, and on Saturday, the Red Wings were able to capitalize on their opportunity and take a 1-0 lead on the Raymond goal.
But the turning point came later in the period when the Islanders allowed their first short-handed goal of the season. Adam Erne sent Pius Suter on a breakaway against Sorokin, who had just entered the game. A tough situation for any goaltender to be in, it appeared if Sorokin lost his positioning a bit and gave Suter room glove side upstairs to extend the Red Wings lead to 2-0.
STATS OF THE GAME
Per Eric Hornick in The Skinny, the Isles were shutout in Detroit for the first time since Black Friday 2003 and for the first time by the Red Wings since Black Friday 2013. Brock Nelson's four-game scoring streak ended as did Anders Lee's four-game point streak. It was the first time the Isles have been shutout since February 2, 2022 against the Seattle Kraken.
SOCIAL MEDIA MOMENT OF THE GAME
It goes to the Red Wings who, on consecutive days, celebrated the back-to-back Stanley Cup Champion teams of 1996-97 and 1997-98 as it's been 25 years
The Islanders are back at UBS Arena on Monday night versus the Nazem Kadri and the Calgary Flames. It's an earlier start time with puck drop set for 7 p.m.