Evgeni Nabokov made key saves early, enabling the Islanders to chip away in building a 4-0 shutout.
Anders Nilsson became the 25th goalie in New York Islanders history to record a shutout, joining names as illustrious as Roberto Luongo and as obscure as Yann Danis.
The New York Islanders beat the New Jersey Devils 1-0 on Anders Nilsson's first NHL shutout in the first of three meetings this week.
Evgeni Nabokov made 45 saves plus two more in the shootout as the New York Islanders survived to win their second consecutive game in Philadelphia, 1-0 in a shootout.
"I've played against Detroit a lot in my career and that's one of the best games I've ever seen against them."
The Islanders played a flawless game from beginning to end, shutting out a road-weary Red Wings club 6-0 at the Coliseum.
Joey MacDonald made 40 saves to shock the first-place Detroit Red Wings, handing the 30th-place Islanders a win at Joe Louis Arena.
Islanders veterans can anonymously grumble all they want -- the writing on the wall about this season being a rebuild was there in the beginning. Young forwards like Sean Bergenheim demonstrated why in the 2-0 shutout over Buffalo.