UNIONDALE, NEW YORK – The Detroit Red Wings are surging and the New York Islanders are sinking.
Daniel Alfredsson, Darren Helm and Jimmy Howard led Detroit past New York 5-0 on Friday for the Wings’ first regulation win against the Islanders in a decade.
Alfredsson had two goals and an assist, Helm scored twice and Howard made 29 saves and the Red Wings controlled play for their third win in a row as the Islanders lost their fifth straight.
Since beating Boston 3-1 on home on Nov. 2, New York is 2-10.
“You keep your head up and you keep playing hard but this isn’t good enough in any way,” Islanders captain John Tavares said. “As a team, all we can think about his playing a better game next time out.”
New York came into the game with a 6-0-1 mark against Detroit in its past seven meetings. The Red Wings hadn’t beaten the Islanders in regulation since November 2003.
The shutout was the second this season for Howard and the 18th of his career.
Helm scored his sixth of the season at 7:09 of the first. He took a pass from Alfredsson at the top of the left circle, then skated in and slid a backhand past a flailing Kevin Poulin, making his fifth straight start for the Islanders.
Helm made it 2-0 with a spectacular short-handed score at 16:49 of the second, after he and Poulin lunged for a loose puck in front of the crease.
The 40-year-old Alfredsson, who joined Detroit after 17 seasons with Ottawa, made it 3-0 just 12 seconds into the third, beating Poulin high to the glove side on a breakaway.
“This was a huge win for us,” said Alfredsson, who was playing his 1,200th career game and will return to Ottawa on Sunday for the first time.
In other games
Flyers 2, Jets 1
In Philadelphia, Scott Hartnell and Sean Couturier provided the offense while Steve Mason stopped all but one shot as the Flyers skated to a victory over Winnipeg.
Bruins 3, Rangers 2
In Boston, Zdeno Chara and Patrice Bergeron scored third-period goals to lift the Bruins. Brad Marchand also scored for the Eastern Conference leaders.
Penguins 3, Lighnting 0
In Tampa, Chris Kunitz scored two goals and Marc-Andre Fleury stopped all 21 shots. Sidney Crosby had assists on all three goals for Pittsburgh.
Sharks 6, Blues 3
In San Jose, Brent Burns got his first NHL hat trick and the Sharks ended a five-game home losing streak.
Ducks 5, Flames 2
In Anaheim, Dustin Penner had two goals and Saku Koivu had two assists in his long-awaited return to the lineup.
Avalanche 3, Wild 1
In St. Paul, Minnesota, Gabriel Landeskog had a goal and two assists, and Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 27 saves to set a franchise record with his sixth straight win to start a season.
Devils 5, Hurricanes 2
In Raleigh, North Carolina, Jaromir Jagr had a goal and two assists, and New Jersey scored four times in the third period to beat the hosts.
Jagr’s goal with 3:29 left was the 692nd of his career, tying him with Steve Yzerman for eighth in NHL history.
Capitals 3, Canadiens 2 (SO)
In Washington, Mikhail Grabovski tied the score with 5:32 left in the third period and had the go-ahead goal in a shootout to help Washington snap its four-game losing streak with a victory over Montreal.
Braden Holtby kicked away attempts by Alex Galchenyuk and Tomas Plekanec, giving Washington a 3-2 edge in the shootout. Eric Fehr, who had a goal and an assist in regulation, also scored in the tiebreaker for the Capitals along with Alex Ovechkin.
Blue Jackets 4, Oilers 2
In Columbus, Ohio, Ryan Johansen had a goal and an assist for his seventh multipoint game this season to lead Columbus past Edmonton.
Sabres 3, Maple Leafs 2 (OT)
In Buffalo, Christian Ehrhoff scored 38 seconds into overtime and Buffalo snapped a five-game losing streak with a win over Toronto.