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Danny DeKeyser's goal gets Red Wings past Islanders

Mike Green scores twice in Detroit's overtime win

by Mike G. Morreale @mikemorrealeNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- Danny DeKeyser scored with 3:58 remaining in overtime to give the Detroit Red Wings a 4-3 win against the New York Islanders at Barclays Center on Sunday.

DeKeyser took a pass from Tomas Tatar and scored his second of the season from the left circle. Mike Green had two goals, Henrik Zetterberg scored and Petr Mrazek made 32 saves for the Red Wings (12-11-3), who are 4-1-2 in their past seven games. 

"I knew [Islanders center John Tavares] had been out there for a little bit, and he was tired so I tried to jump in front of him," DeKeyser said. "Tatar eventually saw me and it went in."

Anders Lee, Johnny Boychuk and Josh Bailey scored and Jaroslav Halak made 30 saves for the Islanders (9-10-5), who had won three in a row.

 

WATCH: All Islanders vs. Red Wings highlights

 

"I feel tonight was our weakest game in the last half dozen or so, but we still found a way to get a point," said Bailey, who tied it 3-3 with 4:21 left.

Zetterberg scored off a deflection in the slot with 6:54 remaining in the third period to give the Red Wings a 3-2 lead but Bailey tied it 2:33 later. Boychuk scored his fourth of the season 1:52 into the third to make it 2-2.

Video: DET@NYI: DeKeyser goes top shelf for OT game-winner

Green gave the Red Wings a 2-1 lead on his second goal of the game with 5:20 left in the second. Thomas Vanek forced a turnover behind the Islanders net and fed Green in the slot for a wrist shot.

Green thought he had given the Red Wings a 3-2 lead 6:32 into the third, but his goal was disallowed because of goalie interference by forward Luke Glendening.

Green made it 1-1 off a slap shot from the top of the left circle 12:53 into the first. Frans Nielsen assisted on the goal, his first point against the team which he spent 10 seasons with before signing a six-year contract with the Red Wings on July 1.

"I think you can always improve and for sure there's going to be stuff we want to improve on, but overall I liked our mentality tonight," Nielsen said. "We got the goal disallowed and they came back twice and we didn't panic. We just stuck with it and played our game; it was a good road game for us."

Lee scored his sixth of the season on a wrist shot from the slot 5:16 into the first to give the Islanders a 1-0 lead.

 

Goal of the game

Green one-timed a slap shot from the top of the left circle off a pass from Nielsen 12:53 into the first to make it 1-1. Detroit never trailed the rest of the game.

Video: DET@NYI: Green blasts one-timer on Nielsen's feed

 

Save of the game

Mrazek made two big saves in the second period against Andrew Ladd from the point and then Ryan Strome on the rebound at the right post with 8:34 remaining to keep the game tied, 1-1.

Video: DET@NYI: Mrazek robs Strome with glove save in front

 

Highlight of the game

Boychuk's goal to give the Islanders a 2-2 tie 1:52 into the third was set up by forward Cal Clutterbuck. After driving the net on an initial shot, Clutterbuck fell to the ice and then rolled away from the crease in order to give Boychuk a clear view on his slap shot from the top of the right circle.

Video: DET@NYI: Boychuk rings one in off the post, ties game

 

Unsung moment of the game

The Red Wings weren't fazed after a goal that would have given Green his second hat trick of the season was disallowed. "Looking at the replay, it could have gone either way, but it's up to the referees to make the call," Green said. "We just had to stay composed and keep it going."

 

They said it

"It was really strange during warm-up to see the guys on the other side. I think once the game got going I didn't think too much about it, but I've been looking at the schedule for a long time and looking forward to this game. So I'm happy it's done with and now I can move on." -- Red Wings center Frans Nielsen

 

"It's nice to get a point, but I'm pretty sure everyone in this room would rather have two (points). I think we can do a lot better, but at least we got the point if you want to look on the brighter side. We got a big goal late to send it to overtime, but they made a nice play and scored." -- Islanders defenseman Johnny Boychuk

 

Need to know

Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said goaltender Jimmy Howard, who has missed the past five games because of a groin injury sustained on Nov. 25, skated on his own again [Sunday] and continues to make progress. ... Defenseman Brian Lashoff made his season debut for the Red Wings. ... Mrazek is 3-0-2 in his past five starts. ... The Islanders have received 18 goals from defensemen this season.

 

What's next

Red Wings: At the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday (8 p.m. ET; TSN3, FS-D+, NHL.TV)

Islanders: Host the New York Rangers on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; SN1, SNO, MSG+, MSG 2, NHL.TV)

Video: DeKeyser nets OT winner to lift Red Wings past Isles

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