NHL Game Summary - NY Islanders at Detroit
(Friday, March 27th)
Final Score: NY Islanders 2, Detroit 0
Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Joey MacDonald stopped all 42 shots he faced to record his first career shutout, as the New York Islanders posted a surprising 2-0 win over Detroit at Joe Louis Arena.
Frans Nielsen and Josh Bailey provided the scores for the Islanders, who put an end to a three-game losing streak with their second consecutive win in Detroit following a 2-1 decision on December 4, 2005.
"When you look at that lineup and you're wondering how somebody's fourth line could have more than your first line as far as goals, it's amazing that they even get beat," Islanders head coach Scott Gordon said. "Obviously, it took a pretty good effort and some solid goaltending for us to do it."
Chris Osgood made 28 saves for the Red Wings, who had only been blanked one other time this season and lost for the second time in three contests. With the loss, the Red Wings remained tied atop the Western Conference standings with San Jose; both teams have 107 points.
"We dug ourselves a hole and couldn't get out of it," Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock said. "You can look back and say we hit these posts and had these chances, but the bottom line is the game's usually fairer if you get started on time and you compete really hard. If you got a chance to be successful, I thought they did that tonight."
The visitors controlled play in the opening 20 minutes, outshooting the hosts 12-9, then got all the offense they needed in the second.
First, MacDonald made a spectacular glove stop on Mikael Samuelsson early in the period to preserve the scoreless tie.
While skating with the man advantage, the Swedish forward settled the puck just below the goal line to the right of the net and fired into a presumably open cage, only to see the Islanders netminder dive backward and snag the shot well in front of the goal line.
The Islanders were once again short-handed minutes later, but Nielsen took a lead pass from Kyle Okposo and managed to slide a backhander past Osgood at 8:41.
Bailey slammed home a loose puck at the right post for a 2-0 New York lead with 4:51 to play in the second, and MacDonald, the former Detroit goaltender, stopped 14 shots to keep it a two-goal game.
Detroit kept pressing in the final 20 minutes, unleashing 19 shots on net, but was still unable to score. Johan Franzen, who hit four posts in the contest, was denied twice by the iron in the final minutes alone.
Osgood was pulled for an extra skater in the last 90 seconds of regulation to no avail as the Islanders put up a wall in front of their netminder.
The last time the Islanders shut out the Red Wings in Detroit came on January 22, 1981 in a 3-0 result...Nashville blasted the Wings, 8-0, back on February 28...Detroit remained stuck on 49 wins, just one shy of joining Montreal (1975-79) and Boston (1970-74) as the only teams in league history to win 50- or-more games in four consecutive seasons.
03/28 01:27:38 ET