Islanders rally, beat Sharks in shootout

Cory Wright | Wednesday, 12.11.2013 / 2:38 AM

The Islanders got a star performance from their goaltender and clutch goals from their top line to defeat the San Jose Sharks 3-2 in a shootout Tuesday at SAP Center.

Kevin Poulin made 46 saves and Kyle Okposo scored the game-tying and shootout-deciding goals, as the Islanders battled back from a 2-0 deficit in the third period for the win.

“To stick with it all game – and be down 2-0 to a good hockey team in the third period and get a win – it’s big for our club,” Okposo said.

The Sharks were 16-1-1 when leading after two periods, but Thomas Vanek scored in the first minute of the third, giving the Isles some jump. The equalizer came with 1:37 to play, as Okposo scored high on Antti Niemi off an offensive-zone draw with the Isles net empty. Both Vanek and Okposo scored for the Islanders in the shootout.

“The goal at the start of the third really got us going and put them on their heels,” John Tavares said. “Once we saw that, we started to really generate some momentum and generate some confidence in our game.”

The comeback would not be possible without an impressive performance from Poulin. The Isles goaltender kept his club in it early, with 18 saves in a scoreless first period, including several highlight-reel stops on Logan Couture and Patrick Marleau. Poulin also finished his night by stoppeding three-of-four shootout attempts.

“We needed our goalie to step up and steal a game for us and in the first period he did that,” head coach Jack Capuano said. “After the first, we settled down and made some adjustments and went back out. The guys played hard and had a never-quit attitude.”

Marleau and Joe Pavelski each scored for the Sharks off rebounds in the second period. Niemi made 26 saves in regulation and overtime and stopped two-of-four Islanders attempts in the shootout.

The Islanders wrap up their five-game Western conference road trip in the desert, as they face the Phoenix Coyotes at Jobing.com arena Thursday night at 9 p.m. eastern time.

NOTES: John Tavares finished the game with two assists…Evgeni Nabokov received a standing ovation from the Sharks fans in his first visit to San Jose… The Islanders penalty kill went 3-for-4… Travis Hamonic led the Islanders with 27:29 TOI… Thomas Hickey led the Islanders with seven blocked shots… Cal Clutterbuck led the Islanders with six hits.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
2nd Period
05:26SJS PPG - Patrick Marleau (14) ASST: Dan Boyle (8), Logan Couture (20) 1 - 0 SJS
15:24SJS Joe Pavelski (10) ASST: Dan Boyle (9), Patrick Marleau (16) 2 - 0 SJS
3rd Period
00:51NYI Thomas Vanek (10) ASST: Kyle Okposo (19), John Tavares (23) 2 - 1 SJS
18:23NYI Kyle Okposo (9) ASST: John Tavares (24) 2 - 2 Tie
OT Period
1SJSJoe Pavelski - Save
2NYIThomas Vanek - Goal
3SJSLogan Couture - Goal
4NYIFrans Nielsen - Save
5SJSDan Boyle - Save
6NYIJohn Tavares - Save
7SJSTomas Hertl - Missed
8NYIKyle Okposo - Goal
Shootout Summary
RNDSan Jose SharksNew York Islanders
1Joe PavelskiThomas Vanek
2Logan CoutureFrans Nielsen
3Dan BoyleJohn Tavares
4Tomas HertlKyle Okposo
Three Stars of the Game
Kevin Poulin
Kevin Poulin
SA: 48TOI: 64:57
GA: 2EV: 41-42
PIM: 0PP: 5-6
SV%: .958SH: 0-0
John Tavares
John Tavares
G: 0Shots: 2
A: 2Hits: 3
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 23:07
Patrick Marleau
Patrick Marleau
G: 1Shots: 7
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: -1TOI: 20:36
Penalty Summary
1st Period
07:23NYI Eric Boulton  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
09:15NYI Travis Hamonic  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
17:32NYI Travis Hamonic  Hooking against  Joe Thornton
2nd Period
05:16NYI Matt Carkner  Roughing against  Tomas Hertl
08:34SJS Tommy Wingels  Holding against  Colin McDonald
3rd Period
OT Period
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays0/11/4
Faceoff Wins2532
Blocked Shots2725
Penalty Minutes82
3T. HamonicD0013427:29
7M. CarknerD00-1029:35
12J. BaileyR0001013:54
13C. McDonaldR0003013:12
14T. HickeyD0000021:57
15C. ClutterbuckR0001018:10
17M. MartinL000108:14
21K. OkposoR1113022:38
26T. VanekL1012020:15
29B. NelsonL0011013:41
36E. BoultonL000026:39
40M. GrabnerR0002015:21
44C. de HaanD0012025:59
47A. MacDonaldD0001025:54
51F. NielsenC0013017:20
53C. CizikasC00-10013:15
55A. NessD0003017:13
91J. TavaresC0222023:07
60K. Poulin4648.95864:57
5J. DemersD0000018:13
7B. StuartD0000018:04
8J. PavelskiC10-15020:47
9M. HavlatR0001015:19
10A. DesjardinsL0002012:44
12P. MarleauL11-17020:36
19J. ThorntonC00-11020:51
22D. BoyleD0213022:43
39L. CoutureC0106020:55
44M. VlasicD00-23024:13
48T. HertlC0003014:20
52M. IrwinD0012019:00
57T. WingelsC0001213:23
61J. BraunD00-24023:27
75F. HamiltonC0001011:09
81T. KennedyC0003011:41
83M. NietoL0001012:04
88B. BurnsD0005018:46
31A. Niemi2628.92964:45