NY Islanders 3, Chicago 2

Thursday, January 2, 2014 7:00 PM

Final Scoring Summary

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Chicago 28-7-3-5 15-2-1-4 13-5-2-1 L1
NY Islanders 14-21-4-3 6-8-4-3 8-13-0-0 W3


Islanders 3, Blackhawks 2 (OT): Kyle Okposo scored 58 seconds into overtime to give host New York its first three-game win streak of the season.

Casey Cizikas and Thomas Vanek also scored for the Islanders, who recovered after squandering a two-goal lead to beat Chicago for the first time in five meetings. Evgeni Nabokov turned aside 37 shots to earn back-to-back wins for the first time this season.

Defenseman Brent Seabrook and Ben Smith had goals for the Blackhawks, who extended their point streak to eight games (5-0-3). Corey Crawford had 31 saves in his first start since missing 10 games with a lower-body injury.

Cizikas opened the scoring with 4:36 left in the first period, poking the puck away from Bryan Bickell at the blue line and breaking in alone on Crawford, deking him before tucking a forehand into the left side. New York doubled the lead eight minutes into the middle session when Vanek collected a rebound of Matt Martin's shot and beat Crawford with a backhand from in front.

Chicago started its comeback when Seabrook accepted a cross-ice feed from Kris Versteeg and buried a one-timer from just below the left faceoff dot with 1:24 left in the middle session. Smith tied it at 1:50 of the third, converting off a scrum in front after Nabokov denied Patrick Sharp's stuff attempt and captain Jonathan Toews on the rebound.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Okposo, who was a noteworthy snub for the United States Olympic team on Wednesday, has four goals and four assists in his last three games and extended his point streak to eight games - the longest active run in the league. ... Blackhawks LW Patrick Kane was held off the scoresheet again, the first time that has happened in back-to-back games since Oct. 29-Nov. 2. ... Vanek's goal extended his point streak to seven games, during which he has four goals and six assists. ... Because of the snowstorm on Long Island, New York management is allowing fans to trade in tickets for Thursday's game for any future weekday contest until Jan. 31.

Top Game Performances

Chicago   NY Islanders
Brent Seabrook 1 Points Kyle Okposo 2
Brent Seabrook 1 Goals Kyle Okposo 1
Nick Leddy 1 Assists Andrew MacDonald 2
Brent Seabrook 1 Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Corey Crawford .912 Save Percentage Evgeni Nabokov .949
Corey Crawford 31 Saves Evgeni Nabokov 37

Team Stats Summary

Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Chicago 39 2 1-1 2-2 4 28
NY Islanders 34 3 0-2 0-1 2 26

Upcoming Games

  • NY Islanders will play its next game at home against Carolina. The Islanders have a W/L % of .286 after a win and .357 after a loss.
  • Chicago will play its next game on the road against New Jersey. The Blackhawks have a W/L % of .621 after a win and .714 after a loss.
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