Islanders end home woes with win vs. Red Wings | Sunday, 03.29.2015 / 8:36 PM

UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- It was a familiar scene for the New York Islanders at Nassau Coliseum on Sunday, looking like they would lose for the eighth time in nine games and eighth straight time at home.

But the Islanders responded after a slow start and went on to defeat the Red Wings 5-4.

With the win, the Islanders (44-27-5) moved two points ahead of the Pittsburgh Penguins and into second place in the Metropolitan Division. The Penguins host the San Jose Sharks on Sunday night.

Detroit scored twice on its first two shots in the opening 1:46. Tomas Tatar scored 39 seconds in, swatting home a rebound of a shot by defenseman Danny DeKeyser. His shot from the right side hit Halak in the chest and bounced to Tatar at the right side of the net.

The Red Wings (40-22-12) doubled their lead when Tomas Jurco sent a pass from the side of the net to Drew Miller in front, who scored his fifth.

With the loss, Detroit remained seven points behind the Tampa Bay Lightning for second place in the Atlantic Division. The Red Wings have one game in hand.

A wild first period saw six goals. The Islanders scored the next three in a span of 5:01.

Brock Nelson scored his 19th at 4:01 with the Islanders on a power play. He took a cross-ice pass from Lubomir Visnosvky and his slap shot eluded Red Wings goalie Petr Mrazek.

The Islanders tied it 2-2 on a pretty passing set up by John Tavares. He faked a shot and passed back to Ryan Strome, whose shot from the slot his Mrazek, but he scored on the rebound to the left of the net at 5:38 for his 16th.

New York took a 3-2 lead when Tavares' shot hit Kyle Okposo's skate in the crease and went in at 9:02. The goal was reviewed and upheld because Okposo did not kick the puck in. It was his 16th goal of the season.

Detroit defenseman Niklas Kronwall tied it 3-3 at 9:54 when he skated in from the blue line after the Islanders failed to clear the puck from their zone. His wrist shot went past Halak for his ninth goal.

The Islanders had scored 12 goals in their past eight games, and had scored three goals once in that stretch.

Frans Nielsen skated into the Red Wings zone and took a wrist shot from near the side of the net, which Mrazek was unable to stop. Mrazek was pulled in favor of Jimmy Howard after allowing four goals on 11 shots.

Howard made 15 saves.

Cal Clutterbuck added a shorthanded breakaway goal at 3:57 of the second period. Tatar was unable to hold the puck in the offensive zone and Clutterbuck picked it up and skated in on Howard and deked before sliding the puck under his left pad. It was his seventh goal of the season and first in 14 games. It was the Islanders' first shorthanded goal since Jan. 19.

New York had three power-play goals after going 3-for-27 in its previous nine games.

Halak, who made 21 saves, got his 36th win of the season.

Pavel Datsyuk scored his 24th, on the power play, when Nielsen was unable to clear the puck from in front of Halak at 10:20 of the second period to make it 5-4.

Tavares had three assists.

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Scoring Summary
1st Period
00:39DET Tomas Tatar (28) ASST: Danny DeKeyser (26) 1 - 0 DET
01:46DET Drew Miller (5) ASST: Tomas Jurco (15), Luke Glendening (5) 2 - 0 DET
04:01NYI PPG - Brock Nelson (19) ASST: Lubomir Visnovsky (12), Travis Hamonic (26) 2 - 1 DET
05:38NYI Ryan Strome (16) ASST: John Tavares (41) 2 - 2 Tie
09:02NYI PPG - Kyle Okposo (16) ASST: John Tavares (42), Nick Leddy (20) 3 - 2 NYI
09:54DET Niklas Kronwall (9) ASST: Pavel Datsyuk (36) 3 - 3 Tie
2nd Period
00:16NYI PPG - Frans Nielsen (14) ASST: John Tavares (43), Nick Leddy (21) 4 - 3 NYI
03:57NYI SHG - Cal Clutterbuck (7) ASST: NONE 5 - 3 NYI
10:20DET PPG - Pavel Datsyuk (24) ASST: Tomas Tatar (26), Marek Zidlicky (25) 5 - 4 NYI
3rd Period
Three Stars of the Game
John Tavares
John Tavares
G: 0Shots: 1
A: 3Hits: 0
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 19:29
Cal Clutterbuck
Cal Clutterbuck
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 0Hits: 2
PTS: 1PIM: 2
+/-: 1TOI: 14:19
Tomas Tatar
Tomas Tatar
G: 1Shots: 5
A: 1Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: -1TOI: 18:00
Penalty Summary
1st Period
02:12DET Darren Helm  Hooking against  Lubomir Visnovsky
07:59DET Danny DeKeyser  Holding against  Kyle Okposo
12:02NYI Casey Cizikas  Hooking against  Tomas Jurco
13:19NYI Cal Clutterbuck  Roughing against  Justin Abdelkader
13:19DET Justin Abdelkader  Roughing against  Cal Clutterbuck
19:26DET Drew Miller  Hi-sticking against  Thomas Hickey
2nd Period
03:30NYI Brian Strait  Hooking against  Gustav Nyquist
05:30DET Justin Abdelkader  Tripping against  Nick Leddy
09:25NYI Nick Leddy  Holding against  Darren Helm
3rd Period
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays1/33/4
Faceoff Wins2431
Blocked Shots1717
Penalty Minutes108
2B. SmithD0010015:54
8J. AbdelkaderL0011419:10
13P. DatsyukC1103018:36
14G. NyquistR0012018:25
18J. AnderssonC000109:15
20D. MillerL1011211:48
21T. TatarL11-15018:00
26T. JurcoR0110010:17
27K. QuinceyD0000018:24
28M. ZidlickyD0102017:29
40H. ZetterbergL0003021:25
41L. GlendeningC0111013:16
43D. HelmC00-12219:05
52J. EricssonD0010019:05
55N. KronwallD1011025:28
56T. PulkkinenL0002010:51
65D. DeKeyserD0101218:41
90S. WeissC00-10010:47
34P. Mrazek711.63619:59
35J. Howard1516.93838:23
2N. LeddyD02-11219:53
3T. HamonicD0103024:40
11L. VisnovskyD0100016:15
12J. BaileyL00-13015:48
14T. HickeyD0001017:21
15C. ClutterbuckR1012214:19
17M. MartinL0002012:47
18R. StromeC1013017:55
21K. OkposoR10-12017:22
26T. KennedyC00-2306:46
27A. LeeL00-20013:01
29B. NelsonC10-21012:33
37B. StraitD00-11221:02
51F. NielsenC10-11018:12
53C. CizikasC0011213:48
55J. BoychukD0001017:15
86N. KuleminL0011016:39
91J. TavaresC0311019:29
41J. Halak2125.84060:00