Coach Gordon and the rest of the team were real glad he did.
Grabbing an errant pass, Okposo muscled the backchecking of Joni Pitkanen to get the puck through Manny Legace to give the Isles a 4-3 win.
It should not have been that close. Three goals, and two by John Tavares gave the Isles a 3-0 lead, and it sounded like a disaster, according to Chuck Kaiton – the voice of the Hurricanes.
The second period, however, it was a different story.
Two goals in a little over two minutes midway through the second stanza, brought the Canes back. The pressure was mounting – in the waining moments of the game, Tim Gleason, the Canes defensemen that received a double minor early in the game, that led to two Islander goals, got a shot through the 5 hole of Biron – to get the game equalized.
Then – after back and forth gesturing in OT, Richard Park won a big face off from Rod Brind’Amour, and after the puck was brought in deep in the Canes Zone, Bryan Rodney’s pass to getthe puck out of the zone was thwarted by Okposo.
Off to Florida!