Okposo's three-point performance wasted in OT loss

November, 23, 2011
11/23/11
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In his second game back from a three-game exile, Kyle Okposo delivered the performance he'd been hoping for all season. Halting a 15-game scoreless streak, Okposo tallied twice on his first two shots of the game and picked up his fourth assist of the season as well.

Too bad the Islanders wasted his three-point effort with a 4-3 overtime loss against the Flyers at Nassau Coliseum

The reeling 5-11-3 Islanders let a two goal lead slip away as Philadelphia's Danny Briere tied the game with 5:42 left in regulation and ripped a wrist shot to notch the game-winner in the overtime period to hand the Islanders their third straight loss. The Islanders have now dropped 13 of their last 15 games, and 25 of their last 27 against the Flyers dating back to the 2007-08 season.

"I finally got back to how I play my game. It was just unfortunate we couldn't pull it out in the end," Okposo said.

If there was a bright spot to be taken from the team's defeat, it was the inspired performance of Okposo, who was scratched for three games last week.

The 23-year-old assistant captain knotted the teams at 1 just 19 seconds after Andrej Meszaros' beat goaltender Rick DiPietro for an early Flyers lead 18 seconds into play.

Okposo's goal from the slot was his first of the season and the first since March 22, 2010.

"Great game. Glad to see him contribute like that. He was in a little bit of a funk and he played an unbelievable game tonight," PA Parenteau said. "That's what we need out of him."

Said Josh Bailey:

"Great to see. That's the way [Okposo] plays. When he plays like that consistently, he's one of our best players every night and it was really good to se him really happy because he works so hard."

Bailey made a beautiful feed to Okposo at the doorstep to pick up an assist on Okposo's second of the night -- a power-play goal to give the Islanders a 2-1 lead midway through the first.

"{Grabner] threaded the needle -- there wasn't much room for him there -- he made a great pass and in that situation everyone kind of commits like I'm going to shoot," Bailey said. "Okie did a good job of sliding it back there for a tic-tac-toe play."

Coach Jack Capuano said he was impressed by the work of Okposo's entire line; Michael Grabner also recorded a three-point night with one goal and two assists.

"I thought Kyle really responded tonight and clearly was one of the better players on the ice," Capuano said.
Katie Strang covers the NHL for ESPN.com. She is a graduate of Michigan State University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
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