Former Michigan State star Mike York scored for the New York Islanders with just 3:57 remaining in regulation on Sunday, lifting them to a 2-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings in a homecoming of sorts.
“I grew up watching Detroit and watching some of the players on their team. I had a lot of family members and friends in the stands,” York said. “It’s just great to score a goal and great to win.”
York knocked in the rebound of a deflected shot by Jason Blake.
The Red Wings had opened the scoring at 4:21 of the first period. Mathieu Schneider picked off an Islander pass and barely held it in at the blue line before taking a few strides forward and ripping it past New York goalie Rick DiPietro.
The Islanders tied it with 1:45 remaining in the opening frame when Alexei Yashin bounced a shot from behind the goal line in the corner off the pads of Detroit netminder Jim Howard and into the net.
For the first game in his career, Howard did not face a penalty shot. He did, however, have to stop Blake on a two-on-none late in the third period.
Both teams finished the game with no goals on four power play chances.
Howard made 26 saves on 28 shots while DiPietro stopped 35 of the 36 shots he faced.
The Red Wings are back in action on Tuesday when they host the New Jersey Devils in the second of seven-straight games against Eastern Conference opponents.