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Blackhawks 3, Islanders 2 - OT

Isles show resilience in two-goal rally; Hamonic and Grabner with goals

Thursday, 12.08.2011 / 10:39 PM / News
By Brian Croce
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Blackhawks 3, Islanders 2 - OT

Down two goals in the second period, the Islanders stormed back with two unanswered goals against the Chicago Blackhawks, but ultimately fell 3-2 in overtime Thursday at Nassau Coliseum.

Patrick Sharp finished a two-on-one by netting the game-winner off the rebound of a Marian Hossa wrist shot and the Blackhawks beat the Islanders in extra time for the second time in six nights. The Blackhawks improved to 17-8-4 overall.

Travis Hamonic scored his first goal of the season and Michael Grabner netted a tip-in for the Islanders. The team has now picked up 10 points in its last six games (4-0-2), but falls to 9-11-6 on the season.
   
“We’ve come a long way since three weeks ago,” PA Parenteau said. “We’re playing as a team. We’re desperate out there. We battled back from a two-goal deficit against probably one of the best teams in the league.”

The Blackhawks converted on their first power play, after a Josh Bailey boarding penalty, to go up 1-0. While behind the Islanders’ net, Marian Hossa slid the puck toward the crease and hit Al Montoya’s skate for a ricochet goal at the 11:42 mark of the first period. The goal was the 400th of Hossa’ NHL career.

Off a pass from Hossa, Patrick Sharp ripped a one-timer from the left faceoff circle past Montoya’s blocker side to put the Blackhawks up 2-0 at 2:23 of the second period.

Travis Hamonic cut the deficit to 2-1 with a slap shot from inside the blue line. The goal beat Ray Emery over his blocker at the 18:21 mark of the second period. Parenteau and Matt Moulson picked up assists on the goal as Moulson extended his team-high point streak to six games.

After Hamonic’s goal, the Blackhawks took back-to-back penalties, setting the Islanders up with a 5-on-3 power play for 1:56. Despite the momentum and several good looks at the goal, the Islanders were unable to find the back of the net as Emery preserved the Blackhawks’ lead early in the third period.

With 10:52 gone by in the third, the Islanders tied the game at two when Steve Staios’ slap shot was redirected by Grabner.

The game went into overtime, but it wasn’t long before Hossa and Sharp entered the Islanders’ zone on an odd man rush to end the game. The Islanders fell to 0-6 in games decided after 60 minutes this season, but came away with one point against the Central Division leaders.

“Overall, we have to bear down when it’s time for overtime or (the) shootout, these points are important down the road,” Parenteau said. “But I’m real happy with the effort tonight. Overall the boys showed up and we showed a lot of character.”

The Islanders will wrap up their three-game homestand on Saturday when they square off against the Pittsburgh Penguins at 7 p.m. The Islanders are 0-1-1 against the Penguins this season.


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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 TBL 48 30 14 4 156 127 64
2 NYI 46 31 14 1 151 129 63
3 DET 47 27 11 9 139 119 63
4 MTL 45 29 13 3 123 106 61
5 PIT 46 26 12 8 138 117 60
6 NYR 44 27 13 4 134 106 58
7 WSH 46 24 13 9 137 120 57
8 BOS 48 25 16 7 126 121 57
9 FLA 44 20 14 10 107 122 50
10 OTT 46 19 18 9 126 128 47
11 TOR 48 22 23 3 142 150 47
12 PHI 48 19 22 7 130 146 45
13 CBJ 45 20 22 3 113 142 43
14 NJD 47 17 22 8 107 134 42
15 CAR 46 16 25 5 98 120 37
16 BUF 47 14 30 3 89 167 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 46 21 24 -2 45
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 46 8 25 16 33
B. Nelson 46 15 15 6 30
F. Nielsen 46 9 16 4 25
J. Boychuk 36 4 18 15 22
J. Bailey 34 8 13 8 21
N. Leddy 46 7 14 15 21
N. Kulemin 46 11 9 1 20
A. Lee 40 13 5 7 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 25 9 0 .910 2.41
C. Johnson 6 5 0 .870 3.38

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