Perhaps it was the emotion of watching members of the islanders' four-time Stanley Cup winning teams gathering to raffle John Tonellis # 27 before the game, or the fact that they were in the midst of their worst loss Season, but the islanders brought something extra Friday night.
Sure, they hosted the Red Wings, which have now officially dropped out of the playoff competition, although 20 games are still on the program, but the islanders have won a strong 4-1 win over Detroit at the Coliseum.
Jordan Eberle recorded his first island hat-trick and scored one goal every period to secure victory and end the islanders' worst loss in four games. The win completed the three-game season for Detroit islanders.
The islanders, who came from a road trip in which the team scored just two goals, scored 40 shots on the net – 20 of them in the second half.
The islanders thought Detroit was only two shots in the first half and looked like a team that wasn't ready to accept another defeat. They even managed to get the best chance for the Red Wings' first power play at 2:02 p.m. after Brock Nelson narrowed the opportunity and distracted himself into the crowd.
After Mathew Barzal carried the puck deep into the Red Wings zone, it was sent back to Ryan Pulock at the top of the right circle for a one-timer that was deflected off Eberle's knee and at 5:45 a.m. to Detroits Goalkeeper Jonathan Bernier came by the first to open the scoring.
It was only more than two minutes after the start of the second half that the Red Wings scored their third shot on goal. Andy Greene, which the Devils sold to the Islanders just three days ago, threw a cross-ice feed away from the fold before Semyon Varlamov hit the puck out of danger.
Eberle put away his second of the night after taking a cross-ice pass from Barzal and beating the puck-top shelf 2-0 at 2:58 a second.
In the third round, the islanders held Detroit with eight shots on goal. Andrew Ladd, who made his season debut, was called to trip at 3:56 p.m. in the last period. The Red Wings took advantage of the draw when Anthony Mantha scored 2-1 at 5:30 p.m.
Larkin was then asked to stumble seconds later, so Eberle could get the game out of reach with 36.3 seconds of play. Leo Komarov intervened with an empty cute after the time.