The Upshot: The NY Islanders blow lead, rally for a point in 4-3 OT loss to Detroit

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


Lucas Raymond scored at 1:25 of overtime to give the Detroit Red Wings a 4-3 win against the New York Islanders at UBS Arena on Monday. Bo Horvat and Noah Dobson each had a goal and an assist for the Islanders (4-2-2). Casey Cizikas scored a short-handed goal, and Ilya Sorokin made 33 saves in the loss. JT Compher and Jake Walman each scored in a three-goal second period, and Moritz Seider had two assists for Detroit (6-3-1), who got 35 saves from Ville Husso in the win to snap a three-game losing streak.


Bo Horvat has been clutch.

For the second time this season, Horvat scored late in the third period to help the Islanders secure a point. It happened on the power play after Sebastian Aho drew a penalty. Noah Dobson showed great patience along the blueline before sending a cross-ice pass to Mathew Barzal, who touched it to Bo Horvat in the high slot. Horvat rifled a shot to tie the game.

It was the type of moment the power play unit had been waiting for and hopefully it leads to some momentum for the group going forward.


When you have a 2-0 lead after two periods, and Ilya Sorokin is looking sharp as ever, it's a game you need to win. Taking bad penalties wasn't the culprit, but rather some bad decisions and costly turnovers that Detroit was able to capitalize on. These are things that Casey Cizikas called "an easy fix" in the post-game, but that doesn't make it any less disappointing not to come away with two points in a game that you were firmly in control of entering the third period at home.

“It’s not acceptable, especially at home to give up three unanswered in the third,” Noah Dobson said after the loss. “We’ll take the positive of getting the point, but we got to do a better job and get the two points. We’ll learn from that and move forward.”


Per NHL PR, Noah Dobson is continuing his point-per-game pace this season (2-6—8 in 8 GP). There have been only six Islanders defensemen in the past 30 years to record as many points as Dobson through this point in a season (8 GP): James Wisniewski (11 in 2010-11), Roman Hamrlik (9 in 2000-01), Vladimir Malakhov (9 in 1993-94), Alexei Zhitnik (8 in 2005-06), Bryan Berard (8 in 1997-98) and Tom Kurvers (8 in 1993-94).


It happened before the game when the Islanders surprised the fans in UBS Arena fans by wearing their white jerseys at home. The change was due to the Red Wings requesting to wear their red jerseys, the same ones they had worn on their short road trip in Boston on Saturday night.


The Islanders are off Tuesday and Wednesday before returning to the ice on Thursday night when they visit Alexander Ovechkin and the Capitals. The puck drops in DC at 7:00 PM EDT.