Detroit (AP) — After five straight home losses, the Detroit Red Wings knew they badly needed to beat the New York Islanders on Saturday.
Thanks to their two young stars and a veteran, they easily did. Rookie Dylan Larkin had a goal and an assist, 23-year-old Petr Mrazek made 28 saves and future Hall of Famer Pavel Datsyuk had two assists as the Red Wings routed the New York Islanders 5-1 for their first home win of 2016.
“That was fun, because this was a huge game for our team,” Larkin said. “We were coming off two tough losses, but there wasn’t much said. I think our leaders set the tone yesterday in practice.”
The Red Wings, who hadn’t won at Joe Louis Arena since Dec. 20, also got goals from Tomas Tatar, Tomas Jurco, Mike Green and Kyle Quincey.
“It is imperative that we get wins at home,” Green said. “We haven’t been getting our points at home, so this was a big night for us to get going in the right direction. The guys played really well and Petr stood on his head.”
John Tavares had New York’s only goal, and Jaroslav Halak was pulled after allowing four goals on 13 shots.
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