MacDonald, making his 62nd appearance in an NHL career that began with the Red Wings in 2006-07, made 14 saves in the second period and 19 in the third. Marian Hossa, Valtteri Filppula and Pavel Datsyuk all hit posts or crossbars for Detroit.
New York scored both of its goals in the second period.
Nielsen opened the scoring with a short-handed goal 8:41 into the period. After taking a pass from Kyle Okposo, Nielsen cut in off the right wing, made a move and beat Chris Osgood for his seventh goal of the season.
Bailey scored his sixth goal with 4:51 left in the period, putting a rebound into an open net after beating Detroit's Henrik Zetterberg out of the corner.
Osgood finished with 28 saves.
Notes: Detroit's Nicklas Lidstrom and Zetterberg were both minus-2. ... New York LW Sean Negrenheim missed his seventh game because of a strained groin. ... The Red Wings have 49 victories, one away from becoming the third team in NHL history to win 50 games in four consecutive seasons.
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