Sat, Jan 04, 2014 - Page 19 News List

Okposo’s late goal sinks Islanders


Casey Cizikas of the New York Islanders, right, scores in the first period against Corey Crawford of the Chicago Blackhawks at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, New York, on Thursday.

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Kyle Okposo scored 58 seconds into overtime as the New York Islanders beat the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 after blowing a two-goal lead on Thursday night.

Casey Cizikas scored in his 100th National Hockey League (NHL) game and Thomas Vanek added a goal for the Islanders. Defenseman Andrew MacDonald had two assists, while Evgeni Nabokov made 37 saves.

Brent Seabrook and Ben Smith scored for Chicago to help the defending Stanley Cup champions rally from a 2-0 deficit.


In Boston, Massachusetts, Brad Marchand scored 54 seconds into overtime, taking out a defender at the point and then wristing the puck into the net to give the Bruins a victory over the Predators.

Marchand’s move past Predators forward Mike Fisher gave Bruins goalie Niklas Svedberg a victory in his NHL debut. Svedberg stopped 33 shots.

Jarome Iginla and Johnny Boychuk also scored for Boston, who ended a two-game losing streak.

Viktor Stalberg and Shea Weber scored for Nashville. Marek Mazanec made 22 saves for the Predators, who lost for the first time in three games.


In Washington, Jeff Skinner scored three goals, including the winner in overtime, and Anton Khudobin made 38 saves in his first start in 2.5 months, leading Carolina over the Capitals.

Skinner took a pass from Ryan Murphy to cap a three-on-one break at 1 minute, 20 seconds of the extra period for his 19th goal of the season. Manny Malhotra also scored for the Hurricanes, who have won two in a row after a five-game losing streak.

Washington’s Alex Ovechkin broke a four-game pointless streak with a goal, but also missed a penalty shot. Troy Brouwer and Steve Oleksy also scored for the Capitals, who have lost three straight and five of six.


In Ottawa, Ontario, Mika Zibanejad had a goal and an assist, and Clarke MacArthur scored the winning goal midway through the third period as the Senators beat Winnipeg.

Kyle Turris stole the puck and passed to MacArthur, who scored and helped the Senators win for the third straight time. They had not won back-to-back games in nearly seven weeks prior to the second win of their current streak.

Milan Michalek and Zack Smith also scored for the Senators, who have four wins in their past five games.

Dustin Byfuglien, Evander Kane and Olli Jokinen scored for the Jets and Al Montoya made 25 saves.

In other play, it was:

‧ Wild 4, Sabres 1

‧ Blues 5, Kings 0

‧ Blue Jackets 2, Coyotes 0

‧ Avalanche 2, Flyers 1

‧ Canadiens 6, Stars 4

‧ Sharks 5, Oilers 1

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