UNIONDALE, N.Y. – One day after Kyle Okposo was left off the U.S. Olympic team, the New York Islanders forward added another clip to his highlight reel.
Okposo scored 58 seconds into overtime to lift the Islanders to a 3-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday night after they blew a two-goal lead to the Stanley Cup champions.
Barring injuries to others, Okposo will likely be home during the Sochi Olympics. Yet he didnt hang his head after being passed over.
Youre giving me chills right now, Okposo said during an on-ice interview as the Nassau Coliseum crowd chanted U-S-A! U-S-A!
Sometimes you get tough bounces in life, Okposo added. You dont always achieve your goals. Tonight I thought I left everything out there.
Casey Cizikas scored in his 100th NHL game, and Thomas Vanek added a goal for the Islanders. Defenseman Andrew MacDonald had two assists, and Evgeni Nabokov made 37 saves.
Okposo ended it with his 16th goal.
Brent Seabrook scored in the second period, and Ben Smith early in the third scored to help the Blackhawks rally for a standings point. Patrick Kane was held without a point for the second consecutive game after recording at least one in a career-best 14 straight.
HURRICANES 4, CAPITALS 3, OT: In Washington, Jeff Skinner scored three goals, including the winner in overtime, and Anton Khudobin made 38 saves in his first start in 2 1/2 months.
BRUINS 3, PREDATORS 2, OT: In Boston, Brad Marchand scored 54 seconds into overtime, faking out a defender at the point and then wristing the puck into the net.
SENATORS 4, JETS 3: In Ottawa, Mika Zibanejad had a goal and an assist and Clarke MacArthur scored the winning goal midway through the third period .
BLUES 5, KINGS 0: In St. Louis, T.J. Oshie scored twice and Brian Elliott made 30 saves to lead St. Louis, which has won four in a row and six of seven. Los Angeles lost its fifth straight game.