Islanders 5, Red Wings 4

Cory Wright | Sunday, 03.29.2015 / 8:58 PM

The New York Islanders scored three goals on their first five shots, overcoming a two-goal deficit en route to a 5-4 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday afternoon at Nassau Coliseum.

In the process, the Islanders snapped a three-game winless streak (0-2-1) and a seven-game home winless streak (0-6-1).

“We had been fighting it and that win feels good,” said Ryan Strome, who was one of five Islanders to score Sunday. “Hopefully it’s a building block. We knew we were going to have to win a game like this to get out of this slump. That’s a good one for us, good one for our fans and hopefully we get that mojo back.”

Both teams stormed out of the gate early, as the Red Wings also scored on three of their first five shots, opening up a 2-0 lead on goals by Tomas Tatar and Drew Miller 1:46 into the contest.

“Collectively we had one of those feelings that the 2-0 lead wasn’t going to last whether it took us until the final minute of the third, or right away,” Cal Clutterbuck said. “A couple of guys did a good job stepping up right after that happened, getting some offense going and shooting pucks. Obviously we tied it pretty quick.”

The two-goal hole was the wakeup call the Islanders needed, as the team rattled off three unanswered goals in five minutes to take a 3-2 lead by the 9:02 mark. Brock Nelson put the Islanders on the board with a power-play goal at 4:01, snapping a wrister past Petr Mrazek. Strome tied the score 1:37 later, burying his own rebound after a fake shot and drop pass from John Tavares. Tavares – who finished with a game-high three assists – had a hand in the next goal as well, sending a shot off Kyle Okposo's skate for a power-play goal at 9:02.

“Our power play, it was good to see we got rewarded,” Tavares said, as the team went three-for-four with the man advantage. “We had chances in the last few games, but tonight we buried them.”

Less than a minute later, Niklas Kronwall beat Halak from the slot, notching the game 3-3. In total, the teams combined for six goals on the opening 10 shots.

“Tonight wasn’t the start we wanted to have, but guys responded really well,” Halak said. “Especially in the first period, we kept coming at them. It wasn’t pretty, the win, but we needed these two points. Right now four goals [allowed], it’s not fun to play in these types of games, but for now it doesn’t matter, we needed these two points.”

Mrazek started the second period, but was caught cheating off his post on a sharp-angled shot by Frans Nielsen. Nielsen’s power-play marker – which came 16 seconds into the frame on the Isles’ first shot – ended Mrazek’s night, as he was replaced by Jimmy Howard.

Things didn’t get much easier for Howard, as one of his first tests was a shorthanded breakaway from Clutterbuck. Clutterbuck opened his blade and Howard bit on the fake, before the Islanders winger slid the puck in for the shorthander.

“I was just the beneficiary of a tough bounce on their part, but it was good to get an opportunity to put a puck in the back of the net,” Clutterbuck said.

Again, the Red Wings responded, as Pavel Datsyuk backhanded a rebound past Halak in tight for a power-play goal at 10:20. From then on, the Islanders clamped down defensively, holding the Wings to five shots in the third period. Halak also rebounded from a tough start, coming up with a game-saving two-pad stack on Darren Helm with just over five minutes to play and a toe save on Teemu Pulkkinen with two minutes to go.

“In the third period, we played in control,” Halak said. “We didn’t give them many shots. Overall we played a really strong third period. We have to build on it.”

Halak finished the contest with 21 saves, Howard stopped 15-of-16 while Mrazek surrendered four goals on 11 shots.

Matt Martin also made news Sunday, setting a new NHL single-season hits record with 377. Martin had four hits Sunday.

The Islanders have three days between games, as they head to Columbus Thursday for date with the Blue Jackets. Puck drop is at 7 p.m.

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. BaileyR00-13015:48
14T. HickeyD0001017:21
15C. ClutterbuckR1012214:19
17M. MartinL0002012:47
18R. StromeR1013017:55
21K. OkposoR10-12017:22
26T. KennedyC00-2306:46
27A. LeeL00-20013:01
29B. NelsonL10-21012:33
37B. StraitD00-11221:02
51F. NielsenC10-11018:12
53C. CizikasC0011213:48
55J. BoychukD0001017:15
86N. KuleminL0011016:39
91J. TavaresC0311019:29
41J. Halak2125.84060:00