Rapid Reaction: Islanders 3, Hawks 2 (OT)
January, 2, 2014
By Mike Mazzeo | Special to ESPNChicago.com
NEW YORK -- Here’s a quick look at the Chicago Blackhawks' 3-2 overtime loss to the New York Islanders on Thursday night at Nassau Coliseum.
How it happened: After the Blackhawks rallied from a two-goal deficit, Kyle Okposo, who was left off the U.S. Olympic hockey team, notched the winner 58 seconds into the extra period.
The Islanders went ahead 2-0 on goals by Casey Cizikas (first-period breakaway) and Thomas Vanek (second-period garbage marker in front).
Brent Seabrook got the Blackhawks within 2-1 with a power-play goal -- his fifth goal of the season -- at 18 minutes, 36 seconds of the second period. Seabrook took a cross-ice pass from Kris Versteeg and buried a one-timer from the left circle.
Chicago would tie the game at 2 just 1:50 into the third period. Jam attempts at the doorstep by Patrick Sharp and Jonathan Toews would not go, but a third try by Ben Smith did find the back of the net. It was Smith’s fifth goal of the season.
Corey Crawford (17-6-4), making his first start since Dec. 8 after missing nearly a month due to a lower-body injury, made 31 saves. Evgeni Nabokov made 37 saves for the Islanders.
What it means: The Blackhawks dropped to 28-7-8, 13-5-3 on the road, but they picked up a point and Crawford was spectacular in his return.
Player of the game: Crawford, who was especially brilliant early in the third period; his left pad save on John Tavares was top-notch. So was his highway robbery of Okposo late in regulation.
Stat of the game: The Blackhawks outshot the Islanders 39-34.
What’s next: The Blackhawks wrap up their two-game East Coast swing Friday night in New Jersey against the Devils at Prudential Center.