Okposo’s Overtime Goal Lifts IslandersNovember 14, 2009
I guess Kyle Okposo is feeling better, huh?
Okposo in his first game after sitting out with what was thought to be swine flu scored the game-winning goal in overtime to give the Islanders a 4-3 win, and extend the Hurricanes winless streak to 14. With 15 seconds remaining in OT, Okposo intercepted a pass near the blue line and snapped one past Manny Legace from the left circle to snatch the second point in what was a thrilling game.
“I owe Okie a big hug for that even if he still is contagious,” Islanders Goalie Biron joked.
After the game, Biron took the blame for Gleason’s game-tying goal and gave his teammates credit for bailing them out.
“I gave up a huge goal,” Biron said. “I owe Okie and the boys tonight.”
The Islanders had opened a 3-0 lead after the first period, and looked set to sail to an easy victory against a bad Carolina team. Two of those three goals were on the power play. Rookie sensation John Tavares had two goals including showing some nice concentration on that first goal as he patiently waited for an airborne puck to fall just beneath the crossbar before he batted it in at 3:38.
The ‘Canes would fight back to score two in the second, and then tied the game with just two minutes remaining in the third period.
Not a perfect game, but they found a way to win, and with this tough road stretch, that’s all that matter in the Islanders dressing room after the game.
“Especially with us on the road, getting 3 out of 4 points heading into Saturday is huge for us,” Head Coach Scott Gordon said.
The Islanders flew to Florida after the game, and resume play tonight against the Panthers (6-9-1) who are coming off a 1-0 shoot-out win against Boston. Game time is 7pm at the BankAtlantic Center.