The New York Islanders scored three unanswered goals in Detroit to avenge the injury to Anders Lee and win a gritty 3-2 game.
On the road in Detroit, the New York Islanders won a grit-filled game over the Red Wings. The game featured fights from unlikely fighters and goals from unlikely goal scorers in one of the more entertaining games of the season.
In the first period, the Red Wings controlled the entire period. They got the scoring on the board just 4:59 into the game courtesy of Just Abdelkader. It appeared that Detroit would score again seconds later, but upon further review Detroit was offside.
The Isles caught a huge break at the time. That’s until Niklas Kronwall scored his first of the year to give Detroit a two-goal lead. Kronwell’s next actions would be the game changer. He hit Anders Lee with a questionable hit, that included a forearm to the head, that sent Lee to the dressing room.
If you had to guess who would avenge Anders Lee I bet nobody had Josh Bailey. I mean with Matt Martin and Ross Johnston playing tonight there’s no chance that you could legitimately think that bails would be the one to drop the gloves. That was the turning point.
In the second period, the Islanders would get the first goal courtesy of Casey Cizikas. Ross Johnston, who has three assists now in limited action, fed Zeeker for his seventh goal of the season. Cizikas is now two goals shy of his career high.
The Isles followed that up with a quick power play opportunity. It quickly became a 5-on-3 and for the first time in nearly forever, Ryan Pulock gave the Islanders a power-play goal.
Before the end of the period, we’d see one more fight that featured Johnny Boychuk and Justin Abdelkader. The two had history dating back to last year when Abdelkader gave Boychuk a nice slewfoot.
Boychuk, with the memory of an elephant, didn’t forget, and let him have it.
The momentum carried into the third period with an early Matt Martin goal. It was his fourth of the year, he had three all of last year, and the Islanders had their first lead of the day.
That would go on to be your final score, 3-2. The Islanders showed a lot of heart tonight, and the bottom six flourished while the top-six remained very quiet. With that win the Isles move into third place in the Metropolitan Division.