DETROIT (AP) – Evgeni Nabokov made 23 saves for his 56th career shutout in the New York Islanders’ 3-0 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Monday night.
Kyle Okposo, Michael Grabner, Casey Cizikas scored for New York. The Islanders have only won three of their past 17 (3-10-4).
Petr Mrazek stopped 16 shots for Detroit.
Okposo opened the scoring with 9:03 left in the first when he put a cross-crease pass into the empty-side of the net off the rush for his 12th goal.
Grabner got his fifth goal, with 4:53 remaining in the opening period, when his shot from the left circle deflected off the stick of Detroit defenseman Brendan Smith. Cizikas made it 3-0, with 3:05 left in the first period, when he put in a one-time shot from in front of the net. It was Cizikas’ fourth goal.
The Islanders’ John Tavares hit the post less than 30 seconds into the second period.
NOTES: Red Wings defenseman Jonathan Ericsson went to the dressing room during the second period with an upper-body injury and did not return. … Petr Mrazek started in goal for Detroit after Jonas Gustavsson came up with a tender groin and sat out as a precaution. … The Islanders hadn’t played in Detroit in nearly three years. Their last game at Joe Louis Arena was Dec. 31, 2010. … Red Wings’ RW Gustav Nyquist returned after missing three games with a groin injury. … New York LW Matt Martin is from Windsor, Ontario, which is across the Detroit River from Detroit. … Detroit C Stephen Weiss had sports hernia surgery in Philadelphia on Monday morning. He is expected to miss 6-to-8 weeks and the Red Wings are aiming for him to be back after the Olympic break, which is Feb. 9-25. … A power outage in downtown Detroit forced the Red Wings to have their pre-game skate on Monday morning in a partially-lighted Joe Louis Arena.
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