Recap: Nedeljkovic shines in 2-1 win against the Islanders

DETROIT, MICHIGAN - OCTOBER 29: Alex Nedeljkovic #39 of the Detroit Red Wings skates against the Florida Panthers at Little Caesars Arena on October 29, 2021 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MICHIGAN - OCTOBER 29: Alex Nedeljkovic #39 of the Detroit Red Wings skates against the Florida Panthers at Little Caesars Arena on October 29, 2021 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) /
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Alex Nedeljkovic was stellar in the crease for the Detroit Red Wings, who secured a 2-1 win over the New York Islanders. The victory snapped a three-game losing streak.

First Period

The first 20 minutes of the game were a grind; despite a good amount of shot attempts by both squads (Red Wings 13, Islanders 10), there weren’t a ton of quality scoring chances.

The first half went by without many whistles, with the Red Wings slowly building pressure in the offensive zone. Detroit had the first power play attempt of the game with just over six minutes left in the period, but they couldn’t generate many chances.

Second Period

Detroit’s offense stalled out to kick off the first, and the Islanders started to tilt the ice towards the Wings defensive zone. Less than five minutes into the period, New York went to work on its first power play attempt of the game. The penalty kill limited shot attempts and successfully stiffed the Islanders man advantage.

Halfway through the second, the Red Wings cashed in on their second power play attempt of the game. Moritz Seider and Lucas Raymond picked up assists on a Dylan Larkin wrister, and Detroit took an early 1-0 lead.

The Red Wings had one more chance on the power play just a few minutes later. The team managed to spend a majority of the man advantage in the Islanders defensive zone and notched a few shots on goal, but they couldn’t quite find the back of the net.

Alex Nedlejkovic made a few fantastic saves in the final seconds to protect the Red Wings one goal lead.

Third Period

The first half of the final period was uneventful, with Nedeljkovic shutting down New York’s offense.

Michael Rasmussen extended Detroit’s lead to two with just over six minutes left, ripping a wrister on a two-on-one opportunity.

New York scored with just a few minutes to go, ruining Nedeljkovic’s chance at his first shutout with Detroit. The Red Wings held onto their one goal lead for a 2-1 win.

Detroit is back in action Thursday night in Carolina.

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