Sorokin makes 23 saves as Islanders beat Red Wings 2-0
NEW YORK (AP) — Ilya Sorokin made 23 saves and Brock Nelson had a goal and an assist, leading the New York Islanders to a 2-0 victory against the Detroit Red Wings on Friday night.
Anders Lee also scored and Kyle Palmieri had two assists, helping New York stop a six-game slide. It was Sorokin's fourth shutout of the season and No. 14 for his career.
Detroit had won two in a row. Magnus Hellberg made 26 stops for the Red Wings in their final game before their bye week ahead of the NHL All-Star break.
Lee opened the scoring 4:44 into the second period, redirecting the puck past Hellberg for his 18th goal of the season. He also became the 16th player in franchise history to reach 400 points.
New York improved to 16-7-2 when scoring the first goal.
Nelson scored his 19th goal 4:31 into the third period. He tossed a soft wrist shot from near the blue line and Lee screened Hellberg. It was the first third-period goal for the Islanders in 12 games, dating to Jan. 3.
Sorokin improved his impressive record on home ice to 32-14-6 since joining the Islanders ahead of the 2020-21 season. His .929 save percentage is the best on home ice in NHL history (minimum 40 home games), per the Islanders.
HE IS BACK
Palmieri has four assists in three games since returning to the lineup after missing 27 of 28 games between Nov. 23 and Jan. 23.
The Islanders have scored three times with the man advantage in their last 62 opportunities over the past 23 games, including an 0-3 performance against the Red Wings. New York entered Friday ranked 30th in the NHL on the power play with a conversion rate of 16.1%.
Red Wings: Host the Edmonton Oilers on Feb. 7.
Islanders: Host the Vegas Golden Knights on Saturday.
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Scott Charles, The Associated Press