Nelson scores twice, Islanders pound Red Wings 8-2

UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) The Islanders vowed to play with purpose following a rough road loss to the crosstown Rangers. They did exactly that against the lowly Detroit Red Wings.

Brock Nelson scored twice and six other Islanders connected as New York routed the hapless Red Wings 8-2.

New York scored three times in the first eight minutes, a rousing response after a 6-2 loss to the Rangers a night earlier.

''We came out and after the first couple of minutes, I knew we would be in good shape. We jumped on them early,'' Islanders coach Barry Trotz said.

The league-worst Red Wings were out of it early, and Thomas Greiss made 34 saves to back the Islanders. New York improved to 5-1-1 in the second half of back-to-back games.

''After any loss, the next game is really important and it's important you get back on track,'' said Islanders defenseman Ryan Pulock, who had two assists. ''And it helps having that back-to-back so you don't have too long to think about it.''

Jordan Eberle, Josh Bailey and Nelson chased Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard with their three quick goals early. Calvin Pickard relieved and stopped 14 of 19 shots.

Filip Hronek scored for Detroit 11:45 into the first, but Anders Lee put the Islanders ahead 4-1 later in the period. Eberle assisted on Lee's goal for his 500th career point.

Nelson scored his 18th of the season early in the second period on a breakaway, and Noah Dobson followed with his first career goal 41 seconds later. The 20-year-old Dobson was a first-round pick in 2018 and playing his 18th game.

''It's definitely a cool feeling that I will always remember,'' Dobson said.

Anthony Beauvillier and Leo Komarov scored in the third to round out New York's eight-spot.

Detroit's Givani Smith scored his first career goal to make it 8-2.

The Islanders had scored two or fewer goals in five of their last six games before this season-best outburst. They were 4-5-2 in their previous 11 games to fall from second to third in the Metropolitan Division behind the surging Pittsburgh Penguins.

The Red Wings are 3-10-0 in their last 13 games and 5-20-0 in their last 25. They are last in the league with 27 points.

''We have to be way better than that,'' Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. ''We left Jimmy hanging and in the end it didn't work. We weren't good enough in front of him to start the game.''

The Islanders have a rematch with the Rangers on Thursday night at Nassau Coliseum, the first time in nearly five years the rivals will meet on Long Island. The Islanders moved to Brooklyn following the 2014-15 season but are now splitting time between Barclays Center and Nassau Coliseum while a new arena is being constructed on the grounds of Belmont Park. Their new home is slated to be ready for the 2021-22 season.

Trotz applauded his team's effort and quickly turned the page to the looming New York-New York rematch.

''We've to show what we are,'' he said. ''We have another level in our game we should hopefully bring it on Thursday.''

NOTES: The Islanders scratched F Ross Johnston plus D Sebastian Aho while injured F Casey Cizikas (lower body) missed his second straight game. ... The Red Wings scratched Ds Trevor Daley and Jonathan Ericsson plus F Brendan Perlini. ... The teams meet again Feb. 21 at Nassau Coliseum. ... The Red Wings fell to 0-11-0 against Metropolitan Division opponents. ... The Islanders are 24-1-2 when scoring at least three goals (including overtime winners) this season.

UP NEXT

Islanders: Host New York Rangers at Nassau Coliseum on Thursday night.

Red Wings: Host Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday night.

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123T
DET12-32-3
1012
NYI28-13-4
4228
STARS OF THE GAME
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
J. Abdelkader RW00032/0214:130
T. Bertuzzi LW00-130/0019:452
A. Biega D00030/0018:441
M. Bowey D00-320/0017:332
C. Ehn C01-123/2013:204
A. Erne LW00-231/0012:152
R. Fabbri RW01-130/0018:263
V. Filppula C00-310/1012:020
L. Glendening RW00-234/2212:203
M. Green D00-400/0019:115
D. Helm LW00-120/1014:391
F. Hronek D10-210/0023:062
D. Larkin C01-1410/12021:501
B. Lashoff D00010/0019:311
P. Nemeth D01-300/0018:161
F. Nielsen C00-223/6014:010
G. Smith RW10-110/0013:100
F. Zadina LW00-320/0013:383
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
J. Bailey RW10123/5014:520
M. Barzal C02228/4015:210
A. Beauvillier LW11130/0014:291
J. Boychuk D00100/0020:014
D. Brassard C00110/0013:102
M. Dal Colle RW01110/0013:292
N. Dobson D10120/0018:143
J. Eberle RW11230/0014:570
O. Koivula C00104/8013:391
L. Komarov RW11231/1014:394
T. Kuhnhackl RW01200/0017:082
N. Leddy D01300/0019:292
A. Lee LW11231/2014:540
M. Martin LW00120/0013:352
S. Mayfield D01010/0022:561
B. Nelson C20227/3214:191
R. Pulock D02410/0219:331
D. Toews D00300/0019:301
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
J. Howard (L)7340.57107:56
C. Pickard 195140.73752:04
GOALIESSA
J. Howard (L)7
C. Pickard 19
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
T. Greiss (W)362340.94459:45
GOALIESSA
T. Greiss (W)36
Leo Komarov shot on goal (Wrist shot)
DET:GoalsShots
NYI:GoalsShots
Full Play By Play
GOALS
  • 3RD PERIOD
    • DET
      14:00GOAL Givani Smith (Wrist shot), Assists: Christoffer Ehn and Patrik Nemeth
    • NYI
      09:07GOAL Leo Komarov (Wrist shot), Assist: Scott Mayfield
    • NYI
      05:12GOAL Anthony Beauvillier (Tip-in shot), Assists: Ryan Pulock and Nick Leddy
  • 2ND PERIOD
    • NYI
      02:40GOAL Noah Dobson (Wrist shot), Assists: Ryan Pulock and Leo Komarov
    • NYI
      01:59GOAL Brock Nelson (Wrist shot)
  • 1ST PERIOD
    • NYI
      18:30GOAL Anders Lee (Wrist shot), Assists: Mathew Barzal and Jordan Eberle
    • DET
      11:45GOAL Filip Hronek (Wrist shot), Assists: Robby Fabbri and Dylan Larkin
    • NYI
      07:56GOAL Brock Nelson (Snap shot), Assist: Anthony Beauvillier
    • NYI
      03:59GOAL Josh Bailey (Wrist shot), Assists: Tom Kuhnhackl and Michael Dal Colle
    • NYI
      03:23GOAL Jordan Eberle (Backhand shot), Assists: Mathew Barzal and Anders Lee
PENALTIES
  • 3RD PERIOD
    • NYI
      14:28Ryan Pulock penalty Roughing - 2 min.
  • 2ND PERIOD
    • DET
      04:30Luke Glendening penalty Boarding - 2 min.
  • 1ST PERIOD
    • NYI
      19:52Brock Nelson penalty Cross Checking - 2 min.
    • DET
      14:30Justin Abdelkader penalty Tripping - 2 min.
    • NYI
      14:30Bench penalty Too Many Men on the Ice - 2 min., served by Michael Dal Colle
TEAM STATS
DET
NYI
Shots on Goal3626
Goals in Power Play00
Faceoff Wins2324
Penalties23
Major Penalties00
Minor Penalties23
Misconducts00
TEAM STATS
DET
Shots on Goal36
Goals in Power Play0
Faceoff Wins23
Penalties2
Major Penalties0
Minor Penalties2
Misconducts0
123T
DET12-32-3
1012
NYI28-13-4
4228
STARS OF THE GAME
5.6%SHOT %30.8%
0.692%SAVE %0.944%
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
J. Abdelkader RW00032/0214:130
T. Bertuzzi LW00-130/0019:452
A. Biega D00030/0018:441
M. Bowey D00-320/0017:332
C. Ehn C01-123/2013:204
A. Erne LW00-231/0012:152
R. Fabbri RW01-130/0018:263
V. Filppula C00-310/1012:020
L. Glendening RW00-234/2212:203
M. Green D00-400/0019:115
D. Helm LW00-120/1014:391
F. Hronek D10-210/0023:062
D. Larkin C01-1410/12021:501
B. Lashoff D00010/0019:311
P. Nemeth D01-300/0018:161
F. Nielsen C00-223/6014:010
G. Smith RW10-110/0013:100
F. Zadina LW00-320/0013:383
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
J. Bailey RW10123/5014:520
M. Barzal C02228/4015:210
A. Beauvillier LW11130/0014:291
J. Boychuk D00100/0020:014
D. Brassard C00110/0013:102
M. Dal Colle RW01110/0013:292
N. Dobson D10120/0018:143
J. Eberle RW11230/0014:570
O. Koivula C00104/8013:391
L. Komarov RW11231/1014:394
T. Kuhnhackl RW01200/0017:082
N. Leddy D01300/0019:292
A. Lee LW11231/2014:540
M. Martin LW00120/0013:352
S. Mayfield D01010/0022:561
B. Nelson C20227/3214:191
R. Pulock D02410/0219:331
D. Toews D00300/0019:301
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
J. Howard (L)7340.57107:56
C. Pickard 195140.73752:04
GOALIESSA
J. Howard (L)7
C. Pickard 19
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
T. Greiss (W)362340.94459:45
GOALIESSA
T. Greiss (W)36
STARS OF THE GAME
123T
DET12-32-3
1012
NYI28-13-4
4228
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
J. Abdelkader RW00032/0214:130
T. Bertuzzi LW00-130/0019:452
A. Biega D00030/0018:441
M. Bowey D00-320/0017:332
C. Ehn C01-123/2013:204
A. Erne LW00-231/0012:152
R. Fabbri RW01-130/0018:263
V. Filppula C00-310/1012:020
L. Glendening RW00-234/2212:203
M. Green D00-400/0019:115
D. Helm LW00-120/1014:391
F. Hronek D10-210/0023:062
D. Larkin C01-1410/12021:501
B. Lashoff D00010/0019:311
P. Nemeth D01-300/0018:161
F. Nielsen C00-223/6014:010
G. Smith RW10-110/0013:100
F. Zadina LW00-320/0013:383
Total2403623/244-31
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
J. Bailey RW10123/5014:520
M. Barzal C02228/4015:210
A. Beauvillier LW11130/0014:291
J. Boychuk D00100/0020:014
D. Brassard C00110/0013:102
M. Dal Colle RW01110/0013:292
N. Dobson D10120/0018:143
J. Eberle RW11230/0014:570
O. Koivula C00104/8013:391
L. Komarov RW11231/1014:394
T. Kuhnhackl RW01200/0017:082
N. Leddy D01300/0019:292
A. Lee LW11231/2014:540
M. Martin LW00120/0013:352
S. Mayfield D01010/0022:561
B. Nelson C20227/3214:191
R. Pulock D02410/0219:331
D. Toews D00300/0019:301
Total81202624/236-27
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
J. Howard (L)7340.57107:56
C. Pickard 195140.73752:04
GOALIESSA
J. Howard (L)7
C. Pickard 19
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
T. Greiss (W)362340.94459:45
GOALIESSA
T. Greiss (W)36
GOALS
  • 3RD PERIOD
  • 2ND PERIOD
  • 1ST PERIOD
PENALTIES
  • 3RD PERIOD
  • 2ND PERIOD
  • 1ST PERIOD
  • 3RD PERIOD
  • 2ND PERIOD
  • 1ST PERIOD

123T
DET12-32-3
1012
NYI28-13-4
4228
TEAM STATS
2.25
GF AVG
3.95
GA AVG
.50
Power Play
2.95
GF AVG
2.83
GA AVG
.46
Power Play
All times are US/Eastern.