Tatar, Nyquist score on power play, Red Wings beat Islanders

DETROIT (AP) Outshot, the Detroit Red Wings did the most with what they got.

Tomas Tatar and Gustav Nyquist scored power-play goals Saturday and the Red Wings beat the New York Islanders 4-1.

The Red Wings won for the seventh time in eight games.

Backup goalie Petr Mrazek responded after giving up five goals in a loss at Tampa Bay on Thursday. Detroit overcame five penalties and was outshot by the Islanders 23-19.

Mrazek once again subbed for Jimmy Howard, who's been out with a groin injury since Jan. 10.

''I feel great,'' Mrazek said. ''Tried to bounce back after the game in Tampa. I tried to stay positive and be focused.''

Tatar got his 22nd goal, making it 1-0 about 5 1/2 minutes into the game. Nyquist scored his 20th, closing the scoring with under seven minutes left.

''We've got a few things we need to work on,'' Islanders coach Jack Capuano said of his penalty-kill unit. ''I didn't see the grit and determination from some guys that you need.''

''We had three guys today that I don't even know if they played,'' he said.

The Red Wings overcame two second-period penalties and took a 2-0 lead on Brendan Smith's one-timer with 47 seconds remaining in the period.

Detroit's Jonathan Ericcson scored in the third period. Lubomir Visnovsky scored for the Islanders on a power play.

The Red Wings worked around two penalties in the second period before Visnovsky beat goaltender Chad Johnson early in the third, making it 2-1 just 10 seconds into an Islanders power play.

''The specialty teams hurt us today,'' Islanders center John Tavares said. ''It's kind of hurt us all season. We got a power-play goal but we didn't create much momentum off of it. They capitalized on theirs.''

The Islanders had won five straight games in Detroit dating to the 2002-03 season.

NOTES: Detroit C Pavel Datsyuk played his 863rd career game with the Red Wings, surpassing Ted Lindsay for 12th-most in franchise history. ... Visnovsky was activated from the injured reserve list. He missed nine games with an upper-body injury. . Red Wings D Brian Lashoff, placed on waivers Friday, was assigned to Grand Rapids.

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