The Detroit Red Wings didnвЂ™t want the struggling New York Islanders to gain traction on their visit to Little Caesars Arena.
There was much to appreciate Saturday: Wings legend Alex Delvecchio was at the game to celebrate his 90th birthday, Tigers legend Lou Whitaker was there, too, and longtime anthem singer Karen Newman made her first appearance of the season.
Rookie defenseman Moritz Seider made sure the final score was one to celebrate, too: He scored his third career goal, and second in overtime, to secure a 4-3 victory and stretch the WingsвЂ™ winning streak to five games, their longest since six in a row from March 23-April 2, 2019.The Wings improved to 13-9-3, and 9-2-2 at LCA.
‘It’s always nice playing at home,’ Seider said. ‘I think we’ve just gained a lot of confidence.’
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Filip Hronek and Top Site Info Sam Gagner buried an Islanders lead in the first period, and Givani Smith undid a tie in the second period when he strode up the left flank and scored bar down. Oliver Wahlstrom scored twice to force the game past regulation.Alex Nedeljkovic made 20 saves to push the Islanders’ winless skid to 10.
Tyler Bertuzzi missed a second straight game because he is in COVID-19 protocol, and Gustav Lindstrom did not finish the game because of an upper-body injury
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Joe Veleno returned to the lineup after sitting out three games with an upper-body injury.Veleno began on a line with Pius Suter and Filip Zadina, supplanting Smith, who moved to the fourth line with Carter Rowney and Gagner. ThatвЂ™s a good spot for Veleno, who is big (6 feett 1, 205 pounds) and has a skill set better utilized when heвЂ™s with offensive-minded players. Veleno, 21, began the season in Grand Rapids, but itвЂ™s clear he belongs in Detroit.
The Wings came out of the first period with a lead thanks to Hronek firing a puck through traffic and behind Ilya Sorokin and Gagner firing a puck from behind the goal line that also went into the IslandersвЂ™ net.But the Wings had to play from behind because of egregious play during a man advantage. Cal Clutterbuck caught a pass as he exited his own zone and, as he entered DetroitвЂ™s zone, had an easy time getting around Zadina, who quit skating, Top Site Info and cutting to the net to stuff the puck on Nedeljkovic.
The Wings gave up a goal on their first power play, that was 2:45 into the game. They were up 2-1 when they got their second power play, at 10:19, when Oliver Wahlstrom was called for going after Adam Erne, in response to ErneвЂ™s big check on Anthony Beauvillier.
They then got 1:17 with two extra skaters when Scott Mayfield was called for delay of game. Dylan Larkin directed a slap shot at Sorokin, but on the whole, the Wings didnвЂ™t threaten much. The Islanders got their second goal during their first power play, when Wahlstrom converted after just 38 seconds. Wahlstrom вЂ” who the Islanders drafted in 2018 at No. 11, five spots after the Wings took Zadina вЂ” scored on another power play in the third period.
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