Jaroslav Halak allowed the game-winning goal to Danny DeKeyser in overtime after Josh Bailey tied it up late in the third period as the New York Islanders lost to the Detroit Red Wings, 4-3, on Sunday at Barclays Center. >> Read more
- 5:16 NYI Anders Lee; Assists: Cal Clutterbuck, Casey Cizikas
- 12:53 DET Mike Green; Assist: Frans Nielsen
- 14:40 DET Green; Assist: Thomas Vanek
- 1:52 NYI Johnny Boychuk
- 13:06 DET Henrik Zetterberg; Assists: Jonathan Ericsson, Tomas Tatar
- 15:39 NYI Josh Bailey; Assists: John Tavares, Dennis Seidenberg
- 1:02 DET Danny DeKeyser
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A very even game in Brooklyn sees the Islanders' three-game winning streak end in overtime, but they still have a four-game point streak, collecting 87 percent of possible points over that span.
Halak played OK -- clearly not as great as we saw in Washington D.C. on Thursday, but good enough to get the point. New York got a break in the third period when an apparent goal by Mike Green, which would have been his third of the game, was waived off due to goaltender interference (which, in my view, never occurred).
If this game happened earlier in the season, they might have folded. But the Islanders showed their resiliency on Bailey's late goal to force overtime. For the past couple of seasons, they have not been a good team in the 3-on-3 overtime. Tonight, Tavares got caught out on a long shift, and when he couldn't beat DeKeyser one on one, got too deep to back-check on the game winner.
Shot attempts ended up 63-61 New York and were tied at even strength, 58-58. Nielsen made his return to Brooklyn and received a well-deserved standing ovation during a first-period TV timeout. He collected an assist on the Red Wings' first goal of the game. Jason Chimera led New York in even strength possession at plus-8, while Shane Prince and Ryan Strome were a team-low minus-7.
Next up is a Tuesday evening grudge match with the New York Rangers, who are 4-4-1 in their last nine. They have not met since opening night, a 5-3 loss at Madison Square Garden. It will be interesting to see if head coach Jack Capuano sticks with Halak, who outside of that loss has very good numbers against the Rangers, or Thomas Greiss, whom the Islanders seem to be very comfortable playing in front of.
The Islanders host the New York Rangers on Tuesday at 7 p.m. ET.