Live Updates - Islanders vs. Blackhawks
Running feed of Thursday's game between the New York Islanders and the Chicago Blackhawks.
Thursday, 01.2.2014 / 6:30 PM ET / News
By Cory Wright
New York Islanders vs. Chicago Blackhawks
Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014 - 7:00 p.m. - Nassau Coliseum - Uniondale, NYNote: Page will automatically refresh every 60 seconds.
1:50: CHI goal. Ben Smith pots the puck after he, Toews and Sharp jam away at the puck in the Islanders crease. Score tied 2-2.
2:43: Brock Nelson gets a breakaway but can't bury on Crawford.
8:22: Tavares gets a golden opportunity as Okposo sends him a feed on a 2-on-1. Puck hits off the heel of his stick and takes a 90-degree turn from the intended target.
13:13: NYI PP (Andrew Shaw - Two Minutes Boarding) Isles PP 0-1.
Furious end to the third period. Kyle Okposo gets Isles best chance, but Crawford comes up large. OT is next.
END OF 3RD PERIOD: Score tied 2-2. Blackhawks lead shots 38-33
3:04: Nab-by! Nab-by! Nab-by! Nabokov makes a nice glove save early in the second period. Coliseum approves.
7:40: Hossa and Toews get a 2-on-1 break. Hossa keeps and shoots, but Nabokov is equal to the task.
8:09: NYI GOAL! Thomas Vanek buries a loose puck after Crawford mishandles an Andrew MacDonald point shot. Islanders lead 2-0. Vanek extends his point streak to seven games (4g/6a). With the secondary assist, Thomas Hickey extends his point streak to three games (1g/4a).
18:36: CHI PP goal. The league's third-ranked power play makes the Islanders pay. Brent Seabrook hammers home a cross-ice feed cutting the Islanders' lead to one. Islanders lead 2-1.
19:35: NYI PP (Patrick Sharp - Two Minutes Cross Checking) Isles first PP
END OF 2ND PERIOD: Islanders lead 2-1. Shots are 25-19 Chicago.
3:20: Matt Martin with the Isles best chances early. Crawford saves it, but Martin follows it up with a big hit in the corner. Isles gameplan looks to be a physical one early.
10:00: Isles are being outshot 6-2 midway through the first period.
12:12: Nabokov robs Toews on the doorstep to keep the game 0-0.
15:24: NYI GOAL! Casey Cizikas breaks up a pass at center ice and goes in on a breakaway. Zeeker dekes backhand-to-forehand and gives Corey Crawford the old how do you do. Islanders lead 1-0.
Isles Starters: Grabner-Nielsen-Clutterbuck, de Haan-Hamonic, Nabokov in goal.
Hawks Starters: Sharp-Toews-Hossa, Keith-Hjalmarsson, Crawford
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
7 Matt Carkner – 37 Brian Strait
20 Evgeni Nabokov
60 Kevin Poulin
10 Patrick Sharp - 19 Jonathan Toews - 81 Marian Hossa
23 Kris Versteeg - 26 Michal Handzus - 88 Patrick Kane
29 Bryan Bickell - 65 Andrew Shaw - 20 Brandon Saad
52 Brandon Bollig - 16 Marcus Kruger - 28 Ben Smith
2 Duncan Keith - 7 Brent Seabrook
8 Nick Leddy - 17 Mike Kostka
27 Johnny Oduya - 4 Niklas Hjalmarsson
50 Corey Crawford
31 Antti Raanta
The Islanders ended 2013 with a bang and look to carry that momentum into the New Year. However, there’s no break in the schedule for the Islanders, who host the Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks two nights after playing the reigning Eastern conference champion Boston Bruins.
The Blackhawks are the most offensively potent team in the NHL, having scored a league-leading 154 goals through 42 games (3.67 per game). They are led by the dynamic duo of Patrick Kane and Jonathan, both of whom are near the top the NHL’s scoring lead. The Islanders counter with John Tavares and Kyle Okposo, who combined for seven points in Tuesday’s 5-3 comeback win. The Islanders have also scored 10 goals in their last two games, setting the stage for some run-and-gun hockey tonight at Nassau Coliseum.
Weather Advisory: Tonight’s game will be played, as scheduled, at 7 p.m.
Lineup Notes: Jack Capuano is going with the same lineup from Tuesday’s win in Boston. Evgeni Nabokov will start in goal, while Josh Bailey (day-to-day, upper body), Radek Martinek (back spasms) and Eric Boulton (healthy scratch) are out.
Okposo: Kyle Okposo continues to produce at a torrid rate, posting 11 points (5g/6a) on a current seven-game point streak. The second-leading American scorer this season (40 points in 41 games) was left off of Team USA for the Sochi Olympics and expressed his disappointment during a media scrum.
Okposo: I just want to play my game and keep moving forward. They picked the best team in their opinion to get the gold and I’m disappointed that I’m not part of it… I’m going to keep going and working on my game. I will watch the games, I have a lot of friends over there on all teams.
Capuano: He’s worked extremely hard this season. He always pays the price in the summer to get himself in tremendous shape. He’s a high-character guy, he’s a leader and I’m sure it was disappointing to hear the news, but knowing the way he is, he’ll continue to battle hard.
Reinhart: Reinhart Named Player of the Game at World Junior Quarterfinal. Read the story and watch Griffin light the lamp here.
Vanek: Thomas Vanek is riding a six-game point streak (3g/6a).
Bailey Out: Josh Bailey will miss his third consecutive game after sustaining an upper-body injury. Bailey was on the ice for the morning skate, but Capuano said he was going through the team’s protocol and is still day-to-day.
From the Coach: This is a very unique hockey club they have. They have a lot of guys who will be going to Sochi and we are going to have to skate and be prepared to take away time and space from a lot of their skill guys and simplify the game as much as we can.