Red Wings stop home-ice struggles, take down Islanders 5-1

 20 SOG  29
 16  HITS  25
 1/3  POWER PLAY  1/5

The Detroit Red Wings started the game off holding down the first wildcard spot in the Eastern Conference. Some good set ups by Andreas Athanasiou and Dylan Larkin, but couldn’t seem to bury the puck. Tomas Tatar took a minor for cross-checking giving the New York Islanders their first power play. Tomas Jurco got the first goal of the game, giving Gustav Nyquist an assist. Mike Green took a penalty for roughing, along with the Islanders’ Brock Nelson resulting in an offsetting 4-on-4. Larkin flew down the middle of the ice passing the puck to Kyle Quincey letting him put the puck behind Jaroslav Halak. The Islanders started the second period with a 45 second power play.

Red Wings started the second period off strong even with the Islanders’ power play. Petr Mrazek continued to make great saves even after a scare when the puck landed on top of the net. Detroit got their first power play that soon turned into a 5-on-3 after a tripping call against the Islanders. Green added our third goal to the board with 1:32 left on the power play. Soon after, Tatar made that 4 with an assist from Athanasiou and Nyquist. The Islanders made the decision to pull Halak and put Jean-Francois Berube in goal.

The start to the third period was delayed due to one one of the zambonis having a marsh peg stuck under it, taking chunks out of the ice. 30 minutes later the players were able to have a light warm up and stretch. The minor setback didn’t seem to phase Larkin, as he brought in the fifth goal for Detroit!  Mrazek made a “circus type stop”, and Tatar received a hooking penalty, giving the Islanders their fifth power play. The Red Wings didn’t lose control though,  bringing the final score to 5-1. It was their first win on home ice since December 20th.

What’s next?

The Wings will get back on the ice Monday against the Atlantic Division leading Florida Panthers.  They will be looking for some revenge from the 6-3 defeat they suffered on Thursday night.

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