Red Wings celebrate first 2016 home victory
DETROIT – After five consecutive home losses, the Detroit Red Wings knew they badly needed to beat the Islanders on Saturday.
Thanks to their two young stars and a veteran, they easily did. Rookie Dylan Larkin had a goal and an assist, 23-year-old Petr Mrazek made 28 saves and future Hall of Famer Pavel Datsyuk had two assists as the Red Wings routed New York 5-1 for their first home win of 2016.
"This was a huge game for our team," Larkin said. "We were coming off two tough losses, but there wasn't much said. I think our leaders set the tone yesterday in practice."
The Red Wing hadn't won at Joe Louis Arena since Dec. 20. John Tavares had New York's goal.
• McDONAGH KNOCKED OUT: The visiting Rangers got the tying goal from Keith Yandle with 12.9 seconds left in regulation before beating the Flyers 3-2. Mats Zuccarello and Derek Stepan scored during the shootout for New York, which lost captain Ryan McDonagh in the first period when he was knocked out by Wayne Simmonds' left cross to his jaw. McDonagh, a Cretin-Derham Hall product, crumpled to the ice and will be re-evaluated Sunday. Simmonds received a five-minute match penalty and game misconduct, while McDonagh received two penalties, one for slashing Simmonds and one for cross-checking him before Simmonds retaliated.
•KNOCKOUT BLOWS: The host Senators knocked out Maple Leafs goalie James Reimer with three goals on eight shots en route to a 6-1 victory. Curtis Lazar had the first two-goal game of his career and Erik Karlsson had four assists.
•SHOOTOUT SUCCESS: Paul Carey tied the score in the third period with his first NHL goal for Washington before T.J. Oshie and Alex Ovechkin scored in the shootout in a 3-2 Capitals victory over the host Devils.
•IT ENDS WELL: Brad Marchand scored on a penalty shot midway through overtime, lifting the Bruins to a 2-1 home victory over the Sabres.
• BIG POINTS: Kris Letang scored twice, including the overtime winner, for the visiting Penguins in a 2-1 win over the Panthers. Sidney Crosby assisted on both of Letang's goals and became the 10th-fastest in NHL history to reach 900 points.
•PULLING AWAY: The Blackhawks beat the host Stars 5-1 and moved five points ahead of second-place Dallas in the Central.
•RELIEF ALL AROUND: Host Montreal ended a four-game losing streak and defeated the Edmonton Oilers for the first time in five meetings, 5-1.
•NOW THAT'S HELP: Recent call-up Viktor Arvidsson scored twice, and the Predators beat San Jose 6-2, ending a three-game home losing streak.