Red Wings shut out Islanders 5-0

Published on NewsOK Modified: November 29, 2013 at 7:24 pm •  Published: November 29, 2013
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UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) — The Detroit Red Wings are surging and the New York Islanders are sinking.

Daniel Alfredsson, Darren Helm and Jimmy Howard led Detroit past New York 5-0 for the Wings' first regulation win against the Islanders in a decade.

Alfredsson had two goals and an assist, Helm scored twice and Howard made 29 saves and the Red Wings controlled play for their third win in a row as the Islanders lost their fifth straight.

Since beating Boston 3-1 on home on Nov. 2, New York is 2-10.

"You keep your head up and you keep playing hard but this isn't good enough in any way," Islanders captain John Tavares said. "As a team, all we can think about his playing a better game next time out."

New York came into the game with a 6-0-1 mark against Detroit in its past seven meetings. The Red Wings hadn't beaten the Islanders in regulation since November 2003.

"It's great to see guys scoring goals and gaining confidence," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said. "And our goaltender had a dominant performance."

The shutout was the second this season for Howard and the 18th of his career.

The 29-year-old goaltender entered with a 0-3-4 record in his past seven starts, allowing at least three goals five times during the streak.

"We were getting chances and burying them," Howard said. "I give all the credit to the team in front of me. We played a very strong game in our zone."

Helm scored his sixth of the season at 7:09 of the first. He took a pass from Alfredsson at the top of the left circle, then skated in and slid a backhand past a flailing Kevin Poulin, making his fifth straight start for the Islanders.

Helm made it 2-0 with a spectacular short-handed score at 16:49 of the second, after he and Poulin lunged for a loose puck in front of the crease.

Helm poked it free and then past the prone goaltender, tumbling upside down to the ice in the process. The goal with Justin Abdelkader in the penalty box brought out boos at Nassau Coliseum.

The 40-year-old Alfredsson, who joined Detroit after 17 seasons with Ottawa, made it 3-0 just 12 seconds into the third, beating Poulin high to the glove side on a breakaway.

"This was a huge win for us," said Alfredsson, who was playing his 1,200th career game and will return to Ottawa on Sunday for the first time.

Gustav Nyquist scored his fourth of the season at 6:12 of the third, finishing a two-on-one break with Johan Franzen by sending another high shot past Poulin.



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