Barry Trotz wanted his Islanders to come in angry and respond after one of their more dismal losses of the season.
And respond they did.
After slumping out of Madison Square Garden the previous night following a 6-2 loss to the Rangers, the Islanders ran the Red Wings out of the Coliseum on Tuesday night with a 8-2 victory.
From the opening puck drop, the Isles’ level of intensity quickly translated to the score sheet. Their four goals in the opening 20 minutes was their first four-goal period since Dec. 18, 2018, against the Senators. And they just kept pouring it on.
After allowing six goals Monday, tying their season-high, the Islanders turned around and racked up eight goals in record time. It took 22 minutes 40 seconds Tuesday for the Islanders to rack up six scores, the team’s fastest collection of six goals since Nov. 17, 1993.
Matthew Barzal, Jordan Eberle, Anders Lee and Brock Nelson all posted two-point nights, with Nelson finding the back of the net twice. Goaltender Thomas Greiss stopped 32 of the 34 shots he faced as the Islanders netted eight goals for the first time this season.
Leo Komarov recorded his first goal of the season, and even rookie defenseman Noah Dobson scored his first NHL goal.
It was exactly the kind of performance Trotz was looking for after a head-hanging loss.
Greiss was tested early, stopping back-to-back shots from Luke Glendening within the first minute of play. He didn’t have to work without insurance for long, as Eberle net his third goal in four games at 3:23.
Thirty-six seconds later, a hard shot from Michael Dal Colle left an easy rebound for Josh Bailey to clean up for the 2-0 lead. It was Bailey’s first goal in 16 games.
The Islanders kept their foot on the accelerator, leaving the Red Wings gassed and often unable to stay on their skates. Anthony Beauvillier wreaked some havoc behind Detroit netminder Jimmy Howard before feeding Nelson for the three-goal lead at 7:56.
Howard was promptly replaced by Calvin Pickard after allowing three goals on seven shots within the game’s first eight minutes. The Red Wings managed to get on the board at 11:45, as Filip Hronek beat Greiss short side to make it 3-1.
The Islanders kept the ice tilted in their favor, ensuring Monday night’s loss was officially in the rearview mirror. Barzal set up Lee at 18:30 to cap off the most dominant period the Isles have had in over two decades.
Detroit started the middle frame on the power play after Nelson took a cross-checking penalty as time expired in the first. However, Nelson made up for it, taking a pass from Beauvillier and turning it into a breakaway as he stepped out of the box and going five-hole on Pickard less than two minutes into the second period.
Dobson then cashed in with his first career goal 40 seconds later to go up 6-1.
The Islanders tacked on two more goals in the third. Beauvillier redirected a shot from Ryan Pulock at 5:12 for his first goal since Dec. 14 before Komarov capitalized on a bouncy puck minutes later. Detroit’s Givani Smith made it 8-2 at 14:00.
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