NEW YORK (AP) — After so many close losses recently, the Detroit Red Wings were glad to get a win when they didn’t play their best.
Trevor Daley scored the go-ahead goal midway through the third period and the Red Wings rallied to beat the New York Islanders 6-3 on Tuesday night for just their third victory in 13 games.
Martin Frk, Gustav Nyquist, Anthony Mantha, Mike Green and Luke Glendening also scored for the Red Wings, who entered 2-5-5 in their last 12. Henrik Zetterberg and Dylan Larkin each had three assists, and Petr Mrazek made 34 saves.
“We’ve been standing after many games and talking about lucky bounces and I’ve been (saying) you deserve your own luck and it usually evens out,” Zetterberg said. “Tonight, we had luck on our side.”
The score was tied 3-all in the third period — after Detroit was outshot 23-4 in the second — before Daley scored the tiebreaker into the top left corner with 9:57 left for his second of the season.
Green scored into the top right corner to give the Red Wings a two-goal lead with 5:48 remaining, and Glendening added an empty-netter with 29 seconds left.
“We were fortunate to be in the game,” Detroit coach Jeff Blashill said. “We came out in the third and played great. We really played hard and we played to win. … We’ve played lots of really good games this year where we haven’t won, and this wasn’t our best game but we found a way to win.”
Josh Bailey had a goal and an assist, and Anders Lee and Ryan Pulock also scored for the Islanders, who lost for the sixth time in their last eight games (2-5-1). John Tavares had two assists and Thomas Greiss stopped 16 shots.
“We played right into their hands,” Tavares said about the third period. “We were a little sloppy and we got too aggressive at times. … It’s kind of been the same story. We play some good hockey and then we give up too many point-blank chances and rely on our goalies to have to really make some Grade-A saves multiple times.”
With the Islanders reportedly set to be awarded the right to build a new arena at Belmont Park in a news conference on Wednesday, there were brief chants of “Bel-mont! Bel-mont!” after the national anthem in Barclays Center. The Islanders are in their third season at the Brooklyn arena after spending the franchise’s first 43 seasons at Long Island’s Nassau Coliseum.
Trailing 2-1 after one period, New York controlled play in the second, including an 18-1 advantage on shots through the first 12 minutes.
“We didn’t feel good out there, for sure,” said Detroit’s Frans Nielsen, in his second year with the Red Wings after spending his first 10 NHL seasons with the Islanders. “They definitely took it to us in that second period.”