15:00 NYI Josh Bailey
19:59 DET Henrik Zetterberg (Power Play); Assists: Thomas Vanek, Frans Nielsen
10:46 NYI Calvin de Haan (Power Play); Assists: Brock Nelson, Alan Quine
3:42 NYI John Tavares; Assists: Josh Bailey
Calvin de Haan was credited with a go-ahead goal that caromed off an opponent late in the second period and the New York Islanders went on to beat the Detroit Red Wings 3-1 Tuesday night.
De Haan's shot from above the left circle was stopped by Petr Mrazek, but the rebound went off Detroit defenseman Xavier Ouellet and the back of the goaltender's left leg and into the net. John Tavares scored early in the third period to give the Islanders a two-goal lead and they coasted to the victory.
Josh Bailey had a goal and an assist, and Thomas Greiss stopped 26 shots for New York.
Henrik Zetterberg scored for Detroit and Mrazek finished with 19 saves.
The Islanders, in contention for a wild-card spot, began a stretch of nine straight road games by winning for the third time in four games and improved to 8-13-4 away from home. >> Read more...
This is a game the Isles couldn't afford to let get away, and give them credit, they went out and got the job done. And as it has been so many times over this run, it was their top line that shined the brightest.
Josh Bailey got the Isles on the board quickly in the first when he intercepted an ill-advised pass by Wings goalie Petr Mrazek and cashed in on the mistake. Then, after Calvin de Haan snuck a puck off a few Detroit bodies in front and past Mrazek, John Tavares gave New York the breathing room they needed to get out of Joe Louis Arena with two big points. This line has been one of the best in the entire NHL for months, and as it continues to click, the Isles keep on soaring.
I thought Thomas Greiss was much better tonight than he had been of late. It has gone a little under the radar, but Greiss hasn't been quite as sharp recently. However, tonight he had a few big stops (one on Tomas Tatar in the second period stands out in my mind) and looked far more like his usual self. Greiss is going to need to be at his very best for the Isles to steal enough points on the road down the stretch for New York to grab a Wild Card spot. This effort made me feel that's a very viable possibility.
Casey Cizikas and Cal Clutterbuck both left the game early and did not return, and it just goes to show that just when you think you have a surplus at a position, things can change in an instant. Let's hope everyone is willing to step up to cover for these two, should they need to miss any more time, and that New York doesn't suffer any ill effects later this week from playing down two men for over a period.
Next Game: The Islanders travel to Montreal to face the Canadiens on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. EST