The New York Islanders blanked the Detroit Red Wings 3-0 in the second period en route to a 5-1 victory Tuesday night in NHL action. John Tavares added a goal and an assist during the big second period, both after getting struck by a Nicklas Lidstrom puck to the head.
Ty Conklin started in net for the Red Wings, but will likely find himself relegated to bench after the Islanders' offensive outburst, not to mention Jimmy Howard's return from a two-game rest. The Islanders were just 28th in the NHL heading into Tuesday's game, averaging 2.3 goals per game.
Matt Moulson kicked off the scoring for the Islanders on a power play near the end of the first period, putting a shot from just above the goal line off the skate of defenseman Drew Miller and past Conklin. Moulson would add an assist in the second quarter and another goal in the third. Goaltender Evgeni Nabokov turned back 23 of 24 shots against during the game.
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