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Tuesday, 24 December 2013 11:55

Islanders use 3-goal 1st period to blank Red Wings

DETROIT (AP) - Evgeni Nabokov made 23 saves for his 56th career shutout in the New York Islanders' 3-0 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Monday night. Kyle Okposo, Michael Grabner, Casey Cizikas scored for New York. The Islanders have only won three of their past 17 (3-10-4). Petr Mrazek stopped 16 shots for Detroit. Okposo opened the scoring with 9:03 left in the first when he put a cross-crease pass into the empty-side of the net off the rush for his 12th goal. Grabner got his fifth goal, with 4:53 remaining in the opening period, when his shot from the left circle deflected off the stick of Detroit defenseman Brendan Smith. Cizikas made it 3-0, with 3:05 left in the first period, when he put in a one-time shot from in front of the net. It was Cizikas' fourth goal.