For the New York Islanders, a dismal 2010-11 season to date got even a little brighter Friday night in a 4-3 overtime victory on the road in Detroit.
Not only did the Islanders defeat one of the NHL’s elite, but they were able to score their sixth win in their last eight games.
The overtime victory over the Western Division leading Red Wings capped a week that also saw the Isles knock off the Pittsburgh Penguins and Sidney Crosby.
In their final game of the season, the Isles (11-19-6) got an overtime power play goal from P.A. Parenteau for the win despite being outshout 41-23 on the night.
Johnny Tavares, Matt Moulson and Jesse Joensuu also registered goals for the Isles.
“When it’s 1-1 after you’ve been outshot like that, you know something good is going to happen,” Parenteau added.
New York, 4-0-1 in its last five meetings with Detroit, even gave Detroit coach Mike Babcock something to think about after the contest. “Any way you look at it, (the Islanders) came in, they worked hard, their goaltender was first star and they won the game,” Babcock stated. “I thought we did a lot of good things, and yet we didn’t do enough.”
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Written by Dave Thomas