Red Wings defeat Islanders, seventh win in past eight

NHL.com | Saturday, 01.31.2015 / 5:27 PM

DETROIT -- The Detroit Red Wings got goals from four different players and Petr Mrazek made 21 saves in a 4-1 win against the New York Islanders at Joe Louis Arena on Saturday.

The Red Wings have won seven of their past eight games.

Tomas Tatar, Brendan Smith, Jonathan Ericsson and Gustav Nyquist scored for Detroit (29-12-9).

Defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky scored for New York (32-16-1). Chad Johnson made 15 saves.

Visnovsky, in his first game after missing nine with an upper-body injury, scored a power-play goal 5:24 into the third period to make it 2-1. He beat Mrazek from the high slot for his fourth goal. It came 10 seconds after Smith went off for interference.

Ericsson restored the Red Wings' two-goal lead 9:21 into the third. His wrist shot from the left point deflected in off the back of New York defenseman Thomas Hickey's leg. It was Ericsson's third goal.

Nyquist scored on the power-play, his 20th goal, with 6:52 remaining.

Tatar opened the scoring with a power-play goal 5:29 into the game. He beat Johnson who was screened, high on the far side from the left circle after carrying the puck there from the high slot. Tatar took a pass from defenseman Danny DeKeyser, who made a nice play to keep the puck in at the right point on his backhand. It was Tatar's team-leading 22nd goal and came 12 seconds after New York center Mikhail Grabovski went off for goaltender interference.

Center Pavel Datsyuk also assisted on the goal. It was the 554th of his career, which ties him with Sergei Fedorov for fifth place on Detroit's all-time assist list. Ahead of them are Steve Yzerman, Gordie Howe, Nicklas Lidstrom and Alex Delvecchio.

Smith made it 2-0 with 47 seconds left in the second period. He put in a one-time slap shot from the top part of the left circle off a backhand pass from the side of the net by right wing Tomas Jurco. It was Smith's third goal and one of two shots by the Red Wings in the period.

Detroit killed off two penalties in a span of 4:07 in the later part of the middle period.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
05:29DET PPG - Tomas Tatar (22) ASST: Pavel Datsyuk (22), Danny DeKeyser (18) 1 - 0 DET
2nd Period
19:13DET Brendan Smith (3) ASST: Tomas Jurco (11), Riley Sheahan (16) 2 - 0 DET
3rd Period
05:24NYI PPG - Lubomir Visnovsky (4) ASST: Frans Nielsen (18), Brock Nelson (16) 2 - 1 DET
09:21DET Jonathan Ericsson (3) ASST: NONE 3 - 1 DET
13:08DET PPG - Gustav Nyquist (20) ASST: Henrik Zetterberg (31), Niklas Kronwall (23) 4 - 1 DET
Three Stars of the Game
Tomas Tatar
Tomas Tatar
G: 1Shots: 1
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 15:48
Petr Mrazek
Petr Mrazek
SA: 23TOI: 59:55
GA: 1EV: 16-16
PIM: 0PP: 5-6
SV%: .957SH: 1-1
Brendan Smith
Brendan Smith
G: 1Shots: 1
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 2
+/-: 1TOI: 17:38
Penalty Summary
1st Period
05:17NYI Mikhail Grabovski  Interference on goalkeeper against  Petr Mrazek
17:46DET Luke Glendening  Interference on goalkeeper against  Chad Johnson
2nd Period
13:03DET Jonathan Ericsson  Slashing against  John Tavares
15:10DET Justin Abdelkader  Too many men/ice - bench
3rd Period
05:14DET Brendan Smith  Interference against  Cal Clutterbuck
07:18NYI Calvin de Haan  Holding against  Tomas Tatar
10:01NYI Brock Nelson  Embellishment against  Gustav Nyquist
10:01DET Gustav Nyquist  Hooking against  Brock Nelson
11:21NYI Travis Hamonic  Hooking against  Henrik Zetterberg
18:22NYI Matt Martin  Roughing against  Brendan Smith
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays1/42/4
Faceoff Wins3321
Blocked Shots1211
Penalty Minutes1010
2N. LeddyD00-10022:48
3T. HamonicD0000219:35
11L. VisnovskyD10-13018:14
12J. BaileyR0003018:16
14T. HickeyD00-10018:19
15C. ClutterbuckR00-20010:19
17M. MartinL00-10211:41
18R. StromeR00-10013:47
27A. LeeL0001013:34
29B. NelsonL0103215:31
40M. GrabnerR0001011:44
44C. de HaanD00-12218:31
51F. NielsenC0101014:28
53C. CizikasC00-10013:48
55J. BoychukD00-13021:00
84M. GrabovskiC0001217:03
86N. KuleminL0002013:49
91J. TavaresC0003019:56
30C. Johnson1519.78960:00
2B. SmithD1011217:38
8J. AbdelkaderL0003015:19
13P. DatsyukC0102017:13
14G. NyquistR1002213:33
15R. SheahanC0111015:19
18J. AnderssonC0001011:28
20D. MillerL0011013:33
21T. TatarL1001015:48
26T. JurcoR0120011:09
27K. QuinceyD0010023:21
40H. ZetterbergL0102015:24
41L. GlendeningC0012215:39
43D. HelmC0000017:36
47A. MarchenkoD0010015:26
52J. EricssonD1012217:39
55N. KronwallD0100020:53
65D. DeKeyserD0100021:27
90S. WeissC0011013:37
34P. Mrazek2223.95759:55