Kevin Schultz, Islanders Point Blank:
Kevin Schultz, Islanders Point Blank:10:00pm: John Tavares with just about the most colorful quote you’ll ever hear from him: “I don’t know if [Okposo] thought David Poile’s head was in the net and he was aiming for it…”
Poile is the Nashville Predators GM and in charge of assembling Team USA.
Lost in the shuffle tonight was the Islanders blowing a two-goal lead at home — we’ve heard that one before — but instead they pushed forward through the third period and into overtime and didn’t relent. I’m not sure whether it was a change in strategy or a change in attitude but they certainly played to win down the stretch, especially once Chicago had tied up the game. If you take a look at the fenwick chart, it sort of shows that with the Isles plateauing early in the third then outpacing Chicago throughout the final minutes and overtime.
Ryan Strome had his best game yet as an Islander even though he didn’t find the scoresheet. He had six shots on goal and linemate Brock Nelson had another three.
Evgeni Nabokov is en fuego since returning with injury and helped win the game for the Islanders tonight. Nabokov stopped 37 of 38 even strength shots. With basically the same defense as Poulin/Nilsson had in front of them, with the exception of Brian Strait, it’s also some evidence against the Islanders younger netminders.
The Islanders are now on a three game win streak and have won five of seven. What a difference from where they were a month ago. Unfortunately for them, the Flyers have won four in a row and the Islanders have made up no ground in the Metro Division. They’re still nine points back.
Original post: You cannot write a script like this. What a finish.
The Islanders played probably their best game of the year tonight, taking the Blackhawks to overtime. In the extra session it was who else but Kyle Okposo scoring the game winner. The Coliseum crowd that braved the snowstorm erupted into chants of “USA, USA!” Okposo then caught up with Peter Ruttgaizer for the post-game interview, saying he had chills.
Enough words, just watch:
Do we need a full recap for this? We may not need a full recap for this.