Niklas Kronwall scored to provide Detroit a 2-Zero first-period lead on Saturday night time and later within the interval knocked Anders Lee off his ft with a excessive, arduous hit.
After that, it was the Islanders who delivered the important thing blows.
Matt Martin scored the tiebreaking objective with 16 minutes 36 seconds remaining within the third interval, giving the Islanders a Three-2 victory over the host Pink Wings.
Moments after Kronwall’s hit on Lee, the Islanders’ captain, Josh Bailey, took Kronwall down within the nook. Then Bailey and Dylan Larkin squared off, drawing preventing majors. Later within the first interval, there was one other combat, between Justin Abdelkader, who scored the Pink Wings’ first objective, and Johnny Boychuk.
“I believed when that hit occurred, with Bailey going over there and answering the bell, I believed from that standpoint, he pulled the remainder of the group in,” Islanders Coach Barry Trotz mentioned. “Our management, the fellows had been actually good.”
Lee was in a position to return to the sport after being stitched up, and he didn’t appear to have a lot of a problem with the hit, for which no penalty was referred to as.
“I had my head down, searching for the puck in my skates, and he hit me with a very good shoulder examine,” mentioned Lee, whose objective streak ended at 4 video games. “That’s hockey.”
Kronwell mentioned: “The arduous half while you’re coming north-south is to not contact the pinnacle in any respect. I believe while you’re skating, you’re able the place your head is principally the purpose of your physique that’s probably the most ahead. You attempt to undergo the chest or shoulder. Generally, you find yourself catching the pinnacle.”
After Casey Cizikas and Ryan Pulock scored within the second interval to tie it, Martin’s winner got here when Luke Witkowski of the Pink Wings was not in a position to deal with the puck cleanly when it bounced off the boards behind the web. It ended up on Martin’s stick in entrance of the objective, and he capitalized for his fourth objective of the season.
“I cherished the way in which we responded tonight,” Martin mentioned. “We had been 2-Zero down and our captain is down and bleeding — that’s a fairly dangerous begin, however we talked about it after the primary interval and we determined we weren’t going to let this one get away that simply. We needed to step up. Our main scorer obtained right into a combat, which you don’t see fairly often, however that’s the type of participant Josh is.”
RANGERS 5, PANTHERS Four Kevin Hayes had the game-deciding objective within the third spherical of the shootout, giving the Rangers a win at Florida and an finish to their three-game dropping streak.
After Mika Zibanejad and Kevin Shattenkirk scored within the shootout for the Rangers and Jonathan Huberdeau countered for the Panthers, Hayes beat Roberto Luongo for the win. Hayes additionally had two assists.
Zibanejad, Vladislav Namestnikov, Matt Beleskey and Fredric Claesson scored in regulation for the Rangers, who improved to Four-1 in time beyond regulation and swept the season collection from Florida, Three-Zero.
Keith Yandle, Huberdeau, Aaron Ekblad and Aleksander Barkov had targets for the Panthers, who completed Three-2-Three on their eight-game homestand.
Henrik Lundqvist had 27 saves for the Rangers and stopped the Panthers’ first try within the shootout, by Barkov.
“It felt, going into time beyond regulation, we would have liked this additional level it doesn’t matter what,” Lundqvist mentioned.