Welcome to Snap Shots, our condensed post-game recap of the New York Islanders latest NHL matchup
New York Islanders (13-21-7, 33 points) Vs Chicago Blackhawks (28-7-7, 63 points)
Nassau Veteran’s Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, NY
Islanders 3 – Blackhawks 2 (OT)
26 Thomas Vanek – 91 John Tavares – 21 Kyle Okposo
40 Michael Grabner – 51 Frans Nielsen – 15 Cal Clutterbuck
29 Brock Nelson – 18 Ryan Strome – 13 Colin McDonald
16 Peter Regin – 53 Casey Cizikas – 17 Matt Martin
Scratched: Eric Boulton
First Period: Chicago dominated much of the play, but Evgeni Nabokov was sharp, turning in several tough saves. It was the Isles who struck first with Casey Cizikas’ fifth goal of the season, unassisted on a breakaway. SOG NYI 5 CHI 12.
Second Period: The Isles came out swinging, firing several quality shots at Chicago goalie Corey Crawford. Tomas Vanek added to the Islander lead with his first goal in four games. A late goal by Brent Seabrook on a Chicago power play cut the Isles lead by half. SOG NYI 14 CHI 13.
Third Period: The Hawks struck early, building on the momentum with which they closed out the second period. Ben Smith notched the game-tying goal just under two minutes into the frame. The Isles failed to convert on their second power play of the game. The Smith goal stood as the lone marker of the period, and the end of regulation saw the two teams tied at two. SOG NYI 14 CHI 13.
Overtime: Just seconds into the extra frame Kyle Okposo fired a wrist shot that beat Crawford, giving the Isles their SOG NYI 1 CHI 1.
15:24 NYI Casey Cizikas (5) Wrist Shot, assists: none 1-0 NYI
08:09 NYI Thomas Vanek (14) Backhand, assists: Andrew MacDonald (15), Thomas Hickey (9) 2-0 NYI
00:58 NYI Kyle Okposo (16) Wrist Shot – assists: John Tavares (29), Andrew MacDonald (16) 3-2 NYI
17:26 NYI Matt Carkner Tripping against Nick Leddy
19:35 CHI Patrick Sharp Cross checking against Thomas Hickey
13:13 CHI Andrew Shaw Boarding against Brian Strait
Shots On Goal
Isles 34 – Blackhawks 39
Despite allowing the Hawks to erase a 2-0 lead the Isles persevered and came out strong in the extra frame to pick up the win, their third consecutive win and fourth in five games.
A pair of home games, against Carolina on Saturday and Dallas on Monday, then the Isles embark upon a six-game road trip that keeps the team away from home nearly two weeks.