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Tatar, Nyquist score power-play goals, Red Wings beat Islanders 4-1

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DETROIT — Outshot, the Detroit Red Wings did the most with what they got.

Tomas Tatar and Gustav Nyquist scored power-play goals Saturday and the Red Wings beat the New York Islanders 4-1.

The Red Wings won for the seventh time in eight games.

Backup goalie Petr Mrazek responded after giving up five goals in a loss at Tampa Bay on Thursday. Detroit overcame five penalties and was outshot by the Islanders 23-19.

Mrazek once again subbed for Jimmy Howard, who's been out with a groin injury since Jan. 10.

"I feel great," Mrazek said. "Tried to bounce back after the game in Tampa. I tried to stay positive and be focused."

Tatar got his 22nd goal, making it 1-0 about 5½ minutes into the game. Nyquist scored his 20th, closing the scoring with under seven minutes left.

PHOTO: Detroit Red Wings center Gustav Nyquist (14), of Sweden, shoots towards New York Islanders goalie Chad Johnson, left, as Detroit Red Wings left wing Justin Abdelkader (8) falls in front of Islanders defenseman Thomas Hickey (14) and left wing Matt Martin (17), during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015 in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
Detroit Red Wings center Gustav Nyquist (14), of Sweden, shoots towards New York Islanders goalie Chad Johnson, left, as Detroit Red Wings left wing Justin Abdelkader (8) falls in front of Islanders defenseman Thomas Hickey (14) and left wing Matt Martin (17), during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015 in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

"We've got a few things we need to work on," Islanders coach Jack Capuano said of his penalty-kill unit. "I didn't see the grit and determination from some guys that you need."

"We had three guys today that I don't even know if they played," he said.

The Red Wings overcame two second-period penalties and took a 2-0 lead on Brendan Smith's one-timer with 47 seconds remaining in the period.

Detroit's Jonathan Ericcson scored in the third period. Lubomir Visnovsky scored for the Islanders on a power play.

The Red Wings worked around two penalties in the second period before Visnovsky beat goaltender Chad Johnson early in the third, making it 2-1 just 10 seconds into an Islanders power play.

"The specialty teams hurt us today," Islanders center John Tavares said. "It's kind of hurt us all season. We got a power-play goal but we didn't create much momentum off of it. They capitalized on theirs."

The Islanders had won five straight games in Detroit dating to the 2002-03 season.

NOTES: Detroit C Pavel Datsyuk played his 863rd career game with the Red Wings, surpassing Ted Lindsay for 12th-most in franchise history. ... Visnovsky was activated from the injured reserve list. He missed nine games with an upper-body injury. . Red Wings D Brian Lashoff, placed on waivers Friday, was assigned to Grand Rapids.

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PHOTO: New York Islanders center Mikhail Grabovski (84) shoots against Detroit Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall, top left, of Sweden, and goalie Petr Mrazek during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
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