New York Islanders spoiled New Year's Eve for the Detroit Red Wings.Just as they did 25 years earlier, the
PA Parenteau's power-play goal with 1:03 left in overtime gave the Islanders a 4-3 victory at Joe Louis Arena on Friday night, sending a sellout crowd of 20,066 home disappointed -- and proving that history does sometimes repeat Itself. The only other time the Isles spent New Year's Eve in Detroit, in 1985, they won 5-4 in OT on a goal by Mikko Makela.
Those Islanders still had the core of the dynasty team of the early 1980s, while the Wings were rebuilding. The roles are reversed now -- the Isles came to Detroit 29th in the overall standings -- but the result was the same.