UNIONDALE, N.Y. — Kevin Poulin stopped all three Detroit skaters in the shootout after entering the game in relief, and the Islanders outlasted the reeling Red Wings 5-4 Saturday night.
Neither team could hold the lead until Poulin shut the door in the tiebreaker, denying Henrik Zetterberg, Pavel Datsyuk and Todd Bertuzzi. The Red Wings had tied the score at 4 when Datsyuk scored his second of the game with 42.5 seconds left in regulation.
The Red Wings have lost six straight and five in a row after regulation, the past three in shootouts.
Frans Nielsen scored the only shootout goal for the Islanders, who had dropped five of six.
Datsyuk, playing in his 800th game, salvaged a point for the Red Wings when he forged the fourth tie of the game. The goal was scored after Detroit pulled goalie Jonas Gustavsson for an extra skater.
Islanders goalie Evgeni Nabokov sustained a groin injury on the first shot he faced, left the game 4:12 in and didn't return.
Nabokov was playing for the first time in four games and the second in six. He did a split and fell forward as Detroit's Darren Helm scored a breakaway goal to tie it 1-1, nine seconds after New York had taken the lead.
Nabokov was assisted by a trainer in the crease before getting up on his skates and gingerly skating while hunched over to the tunnel leading to the dressing room.
The Islanders' John Tavares had a goal and an assist to stretch his point and assist streaks to five games. Casey Cizikas and Brock Nelson both scored tying goals in the second period for the Islanders. Poulin made 19 saves.
Game highlights: Ryan Callahan ended the Rangers' 4-year-old goal drought in Montreal, rookie Cam Talbot made 22 saves for his first NHL shutout and the Rangers blanked the Canadiens 1-0. Talbot, who replaced Martin Biron as the backup, became the first Rangers goalie to earn a shutout in Montreal since Ed Giacomin in a 5-0 win on Feb. 25, 1967. … Jaromir Jagr scored two goals and the host Devils beat the Penguins 4-1. The Penguins have scored 25 goals in their past 12 games and are 5-7-0. … James van Riemsdyk scored twice and Nikolai Kulemin got the winner as the host Maple Leafs snapped a three-game losing skid with a 4-2 win over the Sabres. "This one wasn't high on artistic value, but it's two points," Toronto coach Randy Carlyle said.
Around the league: Blackhawks goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin left the game against the Predators with an injury at 15:33 of the first period. Seconds after making saves on shots by Nashville's Shea Weber and Patric Hornqvist, Khabibulin did not return to his feet. After being looked at by the team's medical staff, Khabibulin skated off hunched over at the waist. Corey Crawford replaced him.
|Islanders win shootout 1-0|
First Period—1, N.Y. Islanders, Tavares 9 (Bailey), 4:03. 2, Detroit, Helm 2 (Ericsson, Kronwall), 4:12. 3, Detroit, Datsyuk 10 (Samuelsson, Zetterberg), 17:18 (pp). Penalties—Bertuzzi, Det (hooking), 13:17; Donovan, NYI (roughing), 16:44.
Second Period—4, N.Y. Islanders, Cizikas 2 (McDonald, Martin), 17:50. 5, Detroit, Franzen 5 (Helm), 18:23. 6, N.Y. Islanders, Nelson 3 (Tavares, MacDonald), 19:10 (pp). Penalties—Bertuzzi, Det (goaltender interference), 15:05; Glendening, Det (tripping), 18:50; Franzen, Det, double minor (high-sticking), 19:38.
Third Period—7, N.Y. Islanders, Bouchard 5 (Ness, Regin), 4:43. 8, Detroit, Datsyuk 11 (Bertuzzi, DeKeyser), 19:17. Penalties—None.
Overtime—None. Penalties—Ericsson, Det (hooking), 1:19.
Shootout—Detroit 0 (Zetterberg NG, Datsyuk NG, Bertuzzi NG), N.Y. Islanders 1 (Nielsen G, Bouchard NG, Tavares NG). Shots on Goal—Detroit 7-11-4-1—23. N.Y. Islanders 9-11-15-6—41. Power-play opportunities—Detroit 1 of 1; N.Y. Islanders 1 of 6. Goalies—Detroit, Gustavsson 3-0-1 (41 shots-37 saves). N.Y. Islanders, Nabokov (1-0), Poulin 3-5-0 (4:12 first, 22-19).
First Period—1, New Jersey, Greene 2, 19:41. Penalties—Zubrus, NJ (high-sticking), 5:05; Neal, Pit (tripping), 13:11; Henrique, NJ (holding), 16:08.
Second Period—2, Pittsburgh, Kunitz 9, 4:18. 3, New Jersey, Larsson 1 (T.Zajac, Zubrus), 18:22. Penalties—None.
Third Period—4, New Jersey, Jagr 6 (Zubrus), 14:06. 5, New Jersey, Jagr 7, 18:43 (en). Penalties—Crosby, Pit, double minor (high-sticking), :45; Zidlicky, NJ (high-sticking), 7:21; Larsson, NJ (delay of game), 10:08. Shots on Goal—Pittsburgh 10-6-12—28. New Jersey 3-10-9—22. Power-play opportunities—Pittsburgh 0 of 4; New Jersey 0 of 3. Goalies—Pittsburgh, Fleury 11-6-0 (21 shots-18 saves). New Jersey, Brodeur 6-3-2 (28-27).
First Period—None. Penalties—Stepan, NYR (hooking), 3:32.
Second Period—1, N.Y. Rangers, Callahan 6 (Richards, Stepan), 5:25 (pp). Penalties—Diaz, Mon (delay of game), 3:22; Pacioretty, Mon (tripping), 4:42; Kreider, NYR (high-sticking), 17:04.
Third Period—None. Penalties—Prust, Mon (goaltender interference), 1:24. Shots on Goal—N.Y. Rangers 15-9-10—34. Montreal 7-10-5—22. Power-play opportunities—N.Y. Rangers 1 of 3; Montreal 0 of 2. Goalies—N.Y. Rangers, Talbot 4-1-0 (22 shots-22 saves). Montreal, Price 7-8-2 (34-33).
|at Maple Leafs||2||1||1||4|
First Period—1, Toronto, van Riemsdyk 8 (Franson, Gardiner), 5:45. 2, Toronto, van Riemsdyk 9 (Franson, Phaneuf), 13:35 (pp). Penalties—Ehrhoff, Buf (holding), 13:27.
Second Period—3, Toronto, Kulemin 1 (Raymond, Ranger), 11:49. Penalties—Ott, Buf, major (fighting), 4:12; Clarkson, Tor, major (fighting), 4:12; McClement, Tor (hooking), 5:11; Holland, Tor (tripping), 8:43; Ott, Buf (unsportsmanlike conduct), 18:15; Gunnarsson, Tor (interference), 18:15.
Third Period—4, Buffalo, McBain 2 (Girgensons, Foligno), 2:15. 5, Buffalo, Ennis 3 (Moulson, Hodgson), 6:11 (pp). 6, Toronto, Raymond 7 (Smith, Clarkson), 18:56 (pp). Penalties—McCormick, Buf, served by Pysyk (roughing), 5:34; Scott, Buf, double minor-misconduct (roughing), 5:34; Orr, Tor, minor-misconduct (roughing), 5:34; Phaneuf, Tor (cross-checking), 5:34; McLaren, Tor, double minor-misconduct (roughing), 5:34; Leino, Buf (tripping), 17:14. Shots on Goal—Buffalo 6-12-17—35. Toronto 10-7-5—22. Power-play opportunities—Buffalo 1 of 2; Toronto 2 of 2. Goalies—Buffalo, Enroth 1-5-1 (22 shots-18 saves). Toronto, Reimer 5-2-0 (35-33).