Red Wings' six-game winning streak ends with 5-3 loss against Islanders

Ted Kulfan, The Detroit News on

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DETROIT — The Red Wings are still in great shape, one loss isn't going to derail what they've accomplished over the last two months.

But Thursday's 5-3 loss to the New York Islanders shows, with 22 games left on the schedule, there's work to do.

Mat Barzal banked a shot off Wings goaltender Alex Lyon at 13 minutes, 58 seconds of the third period, giving the Islanders the 4-3 lead. Barzal gathered a loose puck along the goal line and sent it off Lyon's back and into the net for his 18th goal.

Pierre Engvall scored into an empty net with 35 seconds left, clinching the outcome.

There would be no dramatic Wings' comeback this time, ending their six-game winning streak.

Olli Maatta scored his second goal of the night at 10:49, fourth of the season, tying the game 3-3 at 10:49 and igniting hopes of another Wings' rally.


Brock Nelson had scored his second goal (and 27th of season), on a third-period power play, giving the Islanders the 3-2 lead in the third-period back-and-forth tussle.

Patrick Kane tied the game 2-2 with his 13th goal, just 10 seconds into the third period. The goal extended Kane's personal point streak to 10 games.

The Wings allowed some of the teams, like the Islanders, who are chasing the Wings a chance to gain ground with Thursday's loss.

Islanders goalie Ilya Sorokin made 22 saves and made some crucial ones in the third period. Lyon stopped 24 shots for the Wings (33-21-6, 72 points).


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