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Detroit 2, NY Islanders 1
When: 7:30 PM ET, Tuesday, December 14, 2021
Where: Little Caesars Arena, Detroit, Michigan
Referees: Tom Chmielewski, Frederick L'Ecuyer
Linesmen: Tyson Baker, Caleb Apperson
Attendance: 16884

Alex Nedeljkovic stopped 33 shots and the host Detroit Red Wings downed the New York Islanders 2-1 on Tuesday.

Dylan Larkin and Michael Rasmussen scored for Detroit, which had lost its last three games.

Anders Lee scored the lone goal for the Islanders.

The Islanders were missing one of their top players. Center Mathew Barzal, who leads his team with 17 points, was placed in COVID-19 protocol on Tuesday.

Ilya Sorokin made 37 saves for the Islanders, who had won two of their previous three games following an 11-game losing skid.

The Red Wings had a 14-10 advantage in shots on goal in the first period, but neither side scored.

New York's Anthony Beauvillier had an open net off a rebound early in the second period, but his shot slid across the goal crease.

Nedeljkovic made a nifty glove save against Casey Cizikas a short time later. Sorokin made a quality leg save against Moritz Seider midway through the period.

Detroit broke through at 10:32 of the period, with New York's Kyle Palmieri in the penalty box for slashing. Larkin ripped a shot from the point that bounced off Sorokin's right glove and past him. Seider and Lucas Raymond collected the assists.

Sorokin had two saves against Filip Zadina during another Detroit power play later in the period. In the closing seconds, Nedeljkovic made a diving stop against Brock Nelson in the closing seconds during an Islanders 3-on-1 break.

Detroit got some breathing room with 7:05 remaining when Rasmussen scored on a 2-on-1 situation. He rifled a shot from the right circle past Sorokin's glove side for the 2-0 lead. Rasmussen's goal was his third of the season. Adam Erne picked up the assist.

With the Islanders' net empty, Lee deflected in Noah Dobson's shot from the point with 2:33 remaining to cut the Red Wings' lead to one. Nelson had the second assist.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
NY Islanders   Detroit
Anders Lee 1 Points Dylan Larkin 1
Anders Lee 1 Goals Dylan Larkin 1
Noah Dobson 1 Assists Adam Erne 1
N/A Power Play Goals Dylan Larkin 1
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Ilya Sorokin .949 Save Percentage Alex Nedeljkovic .971
Ilya Sorokin 37 Saves Alex Nedeljkovic 33
Team Stats Summary
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
NY Islanders 34 1 0-1 2-3 6 25
Detroit 39 2 1-3 1-1 2 26
Upcoming Games
  • Detroit will play their next game on the road against Carolina. The Red Wings have a W/L % of .615 after a win and .375 after a loss.
  • NY Islanders will play their next game at home against Boston. The Islanders have a W/L % of .286 after a win and .294 after a loss.