Uniondale, N.Y. — This was an enjoyable evening all the way around, the opportunity to play and watch hockey at the Nassau Coliseum again as the New York Islanders have partially returned to their original home.
For the Red Wings it wasn’t as enjoyable, as they dropped a 4-3 shootout to the Islanders Saturday.
Thomas Vanek tied the game 3-3, after the Wings had pulled goaltender Jonathan Bernier, with 1:03 left in regulation.
Vanek was alone in front of the net and tapped in his fourth goal, ending a nine-game goal-scoring slump. Vanek also had two assists in the game.
After no scoring in overtime, the Islanders won 1-0 in the shootout with Matthew Barzal scoring the lone goal.
The Wings were outshot 48-21.
Casey Cizikas scored at 13:56 of the third period, breaking a 2-2 tie.
Cizikas, part of the fourth line for the Islanders that produced the winning goal against the Wings a week ago, put back a loose puck near the slot past goaltender Jonathan Bernier for his eighth goal.
Gustav Nyquist (power play) and Trevor Daley had Wings goals, while Bernier stopped 47 shots.
The Islanders’ Barzal scored a power-play goal at 11:03 of the third period, tying the game 2-2.
The Wings’ penalty kill, ranked No. 1 on the road in the league, killed five consecutive Islanders’ power plays before Barzal scooped a loose puck past Bernier.
Daley broke a 1-1 tie with just 12.7 seconds left in the first period.
Daley took a pass from Tyler Bertuzzi, and while going to the net, poked the puck past goalie Thomas Greiss, the puck just sliding past the goal line (which was confirmed on video review).
Anthony Beauvillier opened the scoring for the Islanders.
Nyquist got the Wings on the scoreboard with his ninth goal, and a rare Wings’ power- play goal.
Nyquist converted a pass from Dylan Larkin at the side of the net, at 5:03, giving the Wings their first power play goal after going 2-for-33.