Islanders edge Red Wings in shootout

Cory Wright | Saturday, 11.16.2013 / 11:25 PM

Frans Nielsen’s trademark backhand capped off a thrilling shootout win, as the New York Islanders clipped the Detroit Red Wings 5-4 Saturday Night at Nassau Coliseum.

Goaltender Kevin Poulin stopped all three shootout attempts and Nielsen’s winner sealed a heart-pounding, back-and-forth game that saw three lead changes, wild flurries of action and the Isles fifth-straight victory over the Red Wings.

“It was a battle out there,” Nielsen said after the game. “There were a lot of emotions out there, being down by one, coming back, then they came back. It was a fun game being a part of and it would have been really tough to lose that one.”

John Tavares, Casey Cizikas, Brock Nelson and Cal Clutterbuck scored in regulation for the Islanders, while Poulin stopped 19 of 22 shots in relief of Evgeni Nabokov. Nabokov left the game 4:12 into the first period with a groin injury and did not return.

“You have to be ready for everything and I just jumped in there and made the saves,” Poulin said. “It’s not the best-case scenario, but you have to do it when your team needs you.”

The Islanders needed him the most in the shootout, when the 23-year-old goaltender stopped Henrik Zetterberg, Pavel Datsyuk and Todd Bertuzzi.

“We do a lot of shootouts in practice,” Poulin said. “I felt really comfortable going into the shootout.”

The road to the shootout was a wild one and began late in the second period when the Islanders trailed 2-1 with 2:10 to play. Cizikas tied the score with a hard-working goal from the fourth line and triggered a frantic 1:20 where both teams found twine. Thirty-three seconds after Cizikas’ goal, Johan Franzen put the Wings ahead, before Brock Nelson banged home a power-play goal 47 seconds later. The Islanders carried that late momentum into the third period, as Clutterbuck deflected an Aaron Ness point shot past Jonas Gustavsson.

The Islanders clung to the one-goal lead until the final 43 seconds of regulation, when Pavel Datsyuk scored the second of his two goals to force overtime. The goal didn’t faze the Islanders, who outshot the Red Wings 6-1 in the sudden-death session.

“I thought they played inspired, with a lot of passion and determination in their game tonight,” head coach Jack Capuano said. “We battled back against a good hockey team. We utilized our six defense, four lines and both goaltenders.”

Darren Helm rounded out the scoring for the Red Wings with a first period marker and Gustavsson made 37 saves on 41 shots in the loss.

The Islanders hit the road for their next three games, starting in Toronto on Tuesday night. Puck drop from Air Canada Centre is at 7 p.m.

NOTES: Saturday was Military Appreciation Night at Nassau Coliseum… John Tavares had a goal and an assist and is tied for second in league scoring with 25 points (9g/16a)… Casey Cizikas scored for the second straight game… Aaron Ness picked up his first NHL assist… Andrew MacDonald led all players with 30:07 TOI and led the Islanders with four blocked shots.

Islanders Lines:

29 Brock Nelson – 91 John Tavares – 21 Kyle Okposo

40 Michael Grabner – 51 Frans Nielsen – 12 Josh Bailey

96 Pierre-Marc Bouchard – 16 Peter Regin – 13 Colin McDonald

17 Matt Martin – 53 Casey Cizikas – 15 Cal Clutterbuck

55 Aaron Ness – 7 Matt Carkner

47 Andrew MacDonald – 3 Travis Hamonic

14 Thomas Hickey – 46 Matt Donovan

20 Evgeni Nabokov

60 Kevin Poulin

Red Wings Lines:

40 Henrik Zetterberg - 13 Pavel Datsyuk - 44 Todd Bertuzzi

93 Johan Franzen - 43 Darren Helm - 21 Tomas Tatar

71 Danny Cleary - 18 Joakim Andersson - 37 Mikael Samuelsson

20 Drew Miller - 41 Luke Glendening - 8 Justin Abdelkader

55 Niklas Kronwell - 52 Jonathan Ericsson

27 Kyle Quincey - 65 Danny DeKeyser

4 Jakub Kindl - 23 Brian Lashoff

50 Jonas Gustavsson

35 Jimmy Howard

Scoring Summary
1st Period
04:03NYI John Tavares (9) ASST: Josh Bailey (5) 1 - 0 NYI
04:12DET Darren Helm (2) ASST: Jonathan Ericsson (3), Niklas Kronwall (11) 1 - 1 Tie
17:18DET PPG - Pavel Datsyuk (10) ASST: Mikael Samuelsson (1), Henrik Zetterberg (12) 2 - 1 DET
2nd Period
17:50NYI Casey Cizikas (2) ASST: Colin McDonald (1), Matt Martin (2) 2 - 2 Tie
18:23DET Johan Franzen (5) ASST: Darren Helm (2), Tomas Tatar (3) 3 - 2 DET
19:10NYI PPG - Brock Nelson (3) ASST: John Tavares (16), Andrew MacDonald (6) 3 - 3 Tie
3rd Period
04:43NYI Cal Clutterbuck (2) ASST: Pierre-Marc Bouchard (5), Aaron Ness (1) 4 - 3 NYI
19:17DET Pavel Datsyuk (11) ASST: Danny DeKeyser (7), Henrik Zetterberg (13) 4 - 4 Tie
OT Period
1NYIFrans Nielsen - Goal
2DETHenrik Zetterberg - Save
3NYIPierre-Marc Bouchard - Save
4DETPavel Datsyuk - Save
5NYIJohn Tavares - Save
6DETTodd Bertuzzi - Missed
Shootout Summary
RNDNew York IslandersDetroit Red Wings
1Frans NielsenHenrik Zetterberg
2Pierre-Marc BouchardPavel Datsyuk
3John TavaresTodd Bertuzzi
Three Stars of the Game
John Tavares
John Tavares
G: 1Shots: 1
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: -1TOI: 23:09
Darren Helm
Darren Helm
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 1Hits: 3
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 18:21
Brock Nelson
Brock Nelson
G: 1Shots: 7
A: 0Hits: 2
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: -2TOI: 23:02
Penalty Summary
1st Period
13:17DET Todd Bertuzzi  Hooking against  Andrew MacDonald
16:44NYI Matt Donovan  Roughing against  Pavel Datsyuk
2nd Period
15:05DET Todd Bertuzzi  Interference on goalkeeper against  Kevin Poulin
18:50DET Luke Glendening  Tripping against  Andrew MacDonald
19:38DET Johan Franzen  Hi stick - double minor against  Andrew MacDonald
3rd Period
OT Period
01:19DET Jonathan Ericsson  Hooking against  Travis Hamonic
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays1/11/6
Faceoff Wins2928
Blocked Shots209
Penalty Minutes122
4J. KindlD00-10013:20
8J. AbdelkaderL0002011:13
13P. DatsyukC20-13020:48
18J. AnderssonC0001012:16
20D. MillerL0001016:16
21T. TatarL0111013:43
23B. LashoffD00-11014:07
27K. QuinceyD0001023:47
37M. SamuelssonR010109:32
40H. ZetterbergL02-12019:51
41L. GlendeningC0001212:54
43D. HelmC1112018:21
44T. BertuzziR00-12415:24
52J. EricssonD0100224:46
55N. KronwallD0110028:02
65D. DeKeyserD0110025:40
71D. ClearyR0002014:17
93J. FranzenR1023415:57
50J. Gustavsson3741.90264:26
3T. HamonicD0015027:03
7M. CarknerD0001010:58
12J. BaileyR0102016:16
13C. McDonaldR0112014:35
14T. HickeyD00-12019:31
15C. ClutterbuckR1012010:13
16P. ReginC0010011:11
17M. MartinL0111011:54
21K. OkposoR00-23022:29
29B. NelsonL10-27023:02
40M. GrabnerR0004016:14
46M. DonovanD00-11220:25
47A. MacDonaldD0110030:07
51F. NielsenC00-15021:26
53C. CizikasC1013014:38
55A. NessD0100011:16
91J. TavaresC11-11023:09
96P. BouchardC0112015:03
20E. Nabokov01.0004:12
60K. Poulin1922.86460:44