Snap Shots: Islanders Vs Blackhawks — 01/02/14

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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
7:00pm EST
Islanders 3 – Blackhawks 2 (OT)

Starting Lineup

 

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

47 Andrew MacDonald – 14 Thomas Hickey
44 Calvin de Haan – 3 Travis Hamonic
37 Brian Strait – 7 Matt Carkner

20 Evgeni Nabokov
60 Kevin Poulin

Scratched: Eric Boulton

Injured: Josh Bailey (upper body), Radek Martinek (back spasms), Lubomir Visnovsky (concussion)

 

Game Summary

 

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.

 

Statistics

 

Goals

1st Period

15:24 NYI  Casey Cizikas (5) Wrist Shot, assists: none  1-0 NYI

2nd Period

08:09 NYI  Thomas Vanek (14) Backhand, assists: Andrew MacDonald (15), Thomas Hickey (9)  2-0 NYI

18:36 CHI  PPG – Brent Seabrook (5) Slapshot – assists: Kris Versteeg (15), Nick Leddy (14)  2-1 NYI

3rd Period

01:50 CHI  Ben Smith (5) Tip-in – assists: Jonathan Toews (26), Patrick Sharp (20)  2-2 tie

Overtime

00:58 NYI Kyle Okposo (16)  Wrist Shot – assists: John Tavares (29), Andrew MacDonald (16) 3-2 NYI

 

Penalties

 

1st Period

None

2nd Period

17:26 NYI  Matt Carkner Tripping against Nick Leddy

19:35 CHI  Patrick Sharp Cross checking against Thomas Hickey

3rd Period

13:13 CHI  Andrew Shaw Boarding against Brian Strait

 

Shots On Goal

Isles 34 – Blackhawks 39

 

Turning Point

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.

 

What’s Ahead

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.

Topics: New York Islanders, Nhl Puck Drop, Snap Shots

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