Islanders 3, Sharks 2 (SO): Kyle Okposo scored the tying goal late in the third period and the shootout winner in the fourth round as visiting New York rallied to end a pair of 10-game skids.
Thomas Vanek also tallied and captain John Tavares notched a pair of assists for the Islanders, who halted their 10-game road losing streak as well as their 10-game overall slide (0-8-2). Okposo also recorded an assist and Kevin Poulin made 46 saves for New York, which is 1-3-0 on its five-game road trip.
The Islanders earned themselves a point late in the period as Okposo grabbed the puck after Tavares won a faceoff and unleashed a shot from above the left circle that eluded Antti Niemi with 1:37 remaining. Sharks rookie Tomas Hertl began the fourth round of the shootout with a shot that went wide, and Okposo lifted a backhander past Niemi to end New York's run of futility.
Patrick Marleau recorded a goal and an assist and Joe Pavelski also scored for San Jose, which saw its own winless streak reach four games (0-3-1). Defenseman Dan Boyle registered two assists and Niemi stopped 26 shots as the Sharks had four-game winning streaks against New York both at home and overall come to an end.
After a scoreless opening period, San Jose needed only 10 seconds of power-play time to get on the board early in the second. Boyle was unable to handle a cross-slot backhand pass from Logan Couture and the puck squirted directly to Marleau, who beat Poulin from the left faceoff circle at 5:26 for his 14th goal.
The Sharks doubled the lead with 4:36 remaining in the session, with Boyle again playing a role. Pavelski made a cross-slot pass from the top of the left circle to the blue-liner, whose shot was denied by Poulin. The rebound came right to Pavelski, who buried it from low in the left circle to make it 2-0.
New York halved the deficit in the opening minute of the third. After several attempts by the Islanders to knock in a loose puck in the crease as Niemi was out of position, Vanek finally got the job done at the 51-second mark for second tally in as many games.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Vanek has six goals in 16 games with the Islanders after tallying four times in 13 contests with Buffalo. ... Poulin appeared to suffer an injury as he stretched out his left leg to deny Pavelski on San Jose's first shootout attempt but remained in the contest. ... The Sharks are 1-for-13 on the power play during their winless streak.