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@ UNIONDALE, NY:
The Islanders were quicker and
better than the road weary Red Wings
in a 6-0 Tuesday night decision.
New York was swifter up and down
the ice, faster on the faceoff draws and forced more turnovers than the Red Wings
usually have in a week.
The Wings were held to a season-low 16-SOG (just 2-SOG in the 2nd-Per) in an
easy first shutout of the season for New York goaler Dwayne Roloson and the 7th
shutout defeat for Detroit . Islanders rookie Rob Schremp had the first two-goal
game of his short NHL career.
The Red Wings wasted a chance to climb from 9th place into 8th (the final NHL
Western Conference playoff seed) over idle Los Angeles.
The Islanders won for the fifth time in seven games.
Detroit's steadiest defenseman all season, Brad Stuart had a horrid minus-5 rating
for the night and his blueline partner Derek Meech was minus-4.
The Isles scored three times on both of Detroit's netminders.
It took just 1:11 for the Isles to jump out front when Mark Streit passed the
puck out of the right corner and late trailer Matt Moulson (#17) was left alone
to convert from in front.
Schremp (#4) scored on a snapshot to make it 2-0 at 15:43/1.
Detroit's 10th turnover of the game put NYI ahead 3-0 at 8:07/2. A clearing
attempt rolled off the Stuart's stick and Schremp (#5) picked up the loose disc in
front of the net and calmly went backhand past Wings goalie Jimmy Howard.
During a stoppage of play 1:11 later Detroit coach Mike Babcock switched goaltenders
from Howard to Chris Osgood (who hadn't played since DEC 20TH) in an unsuccessful
attempt to inject some life into his team.
With Detroit's Kirk Maltby off for slashing in the first call penalty of the game, Streit
(#6) wristered from the left circle past Ozzie for a 4-0 bulge at 16:19/2.
Kyle Okposo (#10) fired from the right point through Osgood's 5-hole for a 5-0 score
Bruno Gervais (#1) put the lid on the romp when we was allowed freedom to roam
and slide from the right point leftward just inside the blueline to zip the puck through
traffic for the 6-0 final at 16:52/3.
Howard made 17-SV on 20-SOG and Osgood 8-SV on 11-SOG.
R-WINGS H-COACH MIKE BABCOCK: "I didn't think we had any life, any energy at any point
in the game."
R-WINGS DEF BRAD SUART: "Didn't generate really anything...We didn't have any energy or
any jump...We didn't do a good enough job right from the start...We turned the puck over
too much in our zone...Pretty ugly and we should all be pretty disappointed in ourselves...
Mentally we weren't quite ready and it showed."
R-WINGS CEN HENRIK ZETTERBERG: "They were better than us from start to finish...
We should be able to put up a better effort than we did today...Unfortunately we can't
get enough goals."
NYI CEN JOSH BAILEY: "It's probably the best game of the year for us...A full 60 [minutes]
...and we got some good goals."
The Isles improved to 7-3-1 in their last 11. The Wings dipped to 5-2-1 since
Christmas by finishing their 5-game road trip 3-2.
Prior to Tuesday the Islanders had played eight straight one-goal games.
The Islanders placed DEF Brendan Witt (a minus 18 rating) on the injured list
Tuesday. Witt was listed as a healthy scratch Saturday.
The Islanders defeated Detroit 2-0 in the only meeting between the clubs last season
at The Joe with ex-Red Wing goalie Joey MacDonald (now with the Toronto organization)
posting his first NHL career shutout.
A pair of Tuesday assists gave NYI's Josh Bailey a seven game points streak and 14-P
in his last 11 games.
Howard's 9th straight start was his 25th in the last 31 games.
Red Wing DEF Jonathon Ericsson hopes to return from the injury list wearing a
knee brace Thursday night when Detroit hosts Carolina in the first Wings home
game of 2010.
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