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Larkin, Tatar lead Red Wings past Islanders

Detroit chases New York goalie Halak

by Paul Harris / Correspondent

Larkin's 3rd-period goal

NYI@DET: Larkin scores after stealing puck

2/6/16: Dylan Larkin takes the puck away from the Islanders, then scores a top-shelf goal, the Red Wings' fifth of the game

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DETROIT - Dylan Larkin and Tomas Tatar had a goal and an assist each to help the Detroit Red Wings to a 5-1 win against the New York Islanders at Joe Louis Arena on Saturday. 

Tomas Jurco, Kyle Quincey and Mike Green scored for Detroit (26-18-8), which ended a five-game home losing streak (0-4-1). The Red Wings hadn't won at Joe Louis Arena since Dec. 20.

Pavel Datsyuk, Gustav Nyquist and Brad Richards had two assists each. Petr Mrazek made 28 saves. 

"Obviously it's imperative that we get wins here at home," Green said. "We haven't been getting our points here at home and it was a big night for us to sort of get in the right direction and I thought the guys played really well tonight and Petr stood on his head.

Detroit hadn't scored five goals in a game since Dec. 5.

"It was definitely nice to play with a lead, nice cushion," Quincey said. "We don't do that much, so that was very nice to do tonight."

John Tavares scored for New York (26-18-6). Jaroslav Halak made nine saves before being pulled in the middle of the second period. Jean-Francois Berube made six saves. 

Video: NYI@DET: Tavares puts Islanders on the board

"I thought we played well the whole way, I'm not going to lie to you," Islanders coach Jack Capuano said.

Jurco gave Detroit a 1-0 lead with 5:35 left in the first period when he scored on a snap shot from the bottom of the right circle.

Quincey made it 2-0 with 1:57 remaining in the first when he put a shot past Halak from the bottom of the left circle after taking a backhand pass from Larkin. 

"We did some good things in the first period. So you just want to stick to the game plan in the second," Islanders right wing Cal Clutterbuck said.

Green made it 3-0 7:32 into the second period during a two-man advantage. He beat Halak with a wrist shot from the edge of the left circle. It was his second goal in as many games.
"The 5-on-3 goal was definitely a turning point, for them and for us," Capuano said.

Video: NYI@DET: Green scores goal during 5-on-3

Tatar scored with 9:40 left in the second period when he backhanded a rebound past Halak for his 15th goal and first in eight games. 

Halak was pulled after Tatar's goal. 

The start of the third period was delayed more than 30 minutes because of ice issues. One of the Zambonis caught a mooring for one of the nets and dragged it for a few feet.

"I was on the bike (during the delay)," Larkin said. "A few guys riding the bike, just trying to stay loose and be prepared if there was still a game. You have to be ready."

Capuano said the main concern was the players' safety. He said he spoke with Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill during the delay.

The teams shot at the same goal as they did in the second period, then switched ends at the first whistle after the halfway mark of the third. 

Larkin scored 2:56 into the third period. It was his third goal in two games. 

Tavares scored a power-play goal 4:07 into the third period. 

Islanders defenseman Johnny Boychuk returned after missing 11 games because of an upper-body injury.

Video: Red Wings score five goals to top Islanders

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