UNIONDALE, New York (Ticker) -- Manny Legace returned from injury and stopped all 23 shots in relief of Curtis Joseph, and Luc Robitaille got the tying goal as the Detroit Red Wings rallied for a 2-2 tie against the New York Islanders.
Joseph allowed two goals on 11 shots in the opening period and was replaced by Legace at the start of the second. Legace did not dress the previous four games due to a knee injury.
"We had a slow start and coach wanted to change up," Legace said. "Cujo's played a lot of games in a row and coach wanted to get him some rest."
Though the Islanders increased their streak of killing penalties to 29 straight and 56-of-58 (96.6 percent) in the last 12 games, the Red Wings battled back from a 2-0 deficit.
After Igor Larionov tallied his second of the year at 10:50 of the second, Robitaille jammed home his fourth with just over 13 minutes remaining in regulation to make it 2-2.
Sergei Federov assisted on Robitaille's goal for his 900th NHL point.
Chris Osgood - a former Red Wing - made two of his 34 saves during the extra session, but the Islanders' winless streak grew to four games (0-2-2).
"They're a tough team to cover in your own zone," said Osgood, who helped Detroit win the 1998 Stanley Cup. "But we didn't play well tonight and we still got a tie against one of the top teams. We need to put some wins together, get on a streak and get to the playoffs."
New York remained unbeaten when leading after two periods (9-0-2).
The Red Wings swept both meetings from the Islanders last season and New York appeared intent on reversing the trend in the opening 20 minutes.
The Islanders' defensemen had combined to register 10 points in the previous four games and Radek Martinek continued the trend just 54 seconds into the contest. His blast from the right point represented Martinek's first goal since October 18, 2001 against Carolina.
New York had just killed the second of five penalties when coach Peter Laviolette's men doubled their advantage. Thanks to Jason Wiemer's screen, Jason Blake's wrist shot from the top of the right faceoff circle found its way between Joseph's pads with 3:12 left in the first.
"I thought Wiemer was either going to deflect it or take and try to go around me, and it just went through my legs. I don't like the goal," Joseph said. "I guess coach thought I needed a rest and we came back and almost won the game. Manny did a great job. I'm still not at my best. I need to continue to work hard."
Blake matched his career high with his eighth goal of the season.
"We're in 13th place and we need every point we can get," Blake said. "We got one tonight. I'm sure everyone in this locker room knows we should have had two."
The Red Wings outshot the Islanders in the second, 14-6, and were rewarded midway through the period. Brendan Shanahan's backhand pass found the 42-year-old Larionov all alone at the top of crease and he swept it past a hapless Osgood.
The Islanders continue to miss defenseman Roman Hamrlik, who suffered a Grade 3 shoulder separation on December 10 against Chicago and is expected to be sidelined a month. New York's four-game winless run coincides with Hamrlik's injury.
"The loss of Roman hurts us because he's a 26-30 minute guy and he plays critcial minutes for us," Laviolette said. "Kenny (Jonsson) and (Adrian) Aucoin are our horses. They provide stability for us, especially against a team like Detroit. So we tried to get at least one of them out there every other shift."
Relentless pressure from Detroit brought about the tying goal in the third. Osgood was hugging the right goalpost as the puck stalled tantalizingly just out of the netminder's reach. As Osgood began to lean forward to cover the puck, the opportunistic Robitaille stuffed it just inside the right post.
Osgood salvaged a point for the Islanders late in the third, stoning Kris Draper on a shorthanded breakaway.
"I tried to stay with whichever way he went and, when he made his move, I tried to cover everything low," Osgood said.