NHL Game Summary - Chicago at NY Islanders
(Thursday, December 8th)
Final Score: Chicago 3, NY Islanders 2 (OT)
Uniondale, NY (Sports Network) - Patrick Sharp netted two goals, including the game-winner at the 1:34 mark of overtime, helping the Chicago Blackhawks down the New York Islanders, 3-2, at Nassau Coliseum.
Marian Hossa collected the puck in the defensive zone and raced up the right wing. He fired a slap shot on net from the right circle that Al Montoya kicked out with his right pad, but Sharp was there on the doorstep to jam home the rebound.
Sharp also had an assist, while Hossa ended his night with a goal and two assists for the Blackhawks, who have won three of their last four contests.
"I thought we did a good job tonight," Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville said. "I know they came back from a 2-0 deficit and got a point, but at the same time, I thought we checked pretty well and were aware of their top line. We did some good things and it's obviously nice to win on the road."
Ray Emery turned aside 31 shots to earn his fifth victory of the season.
Travis Hamonic and Michael Grabner scored for the Islanders, who have collected at least one point in six consecutive games. Montoya made 25 saves on 28 shots in defeat.
Chicago opened the scoring on the power play at 11:42 of the first period. After the Blackhawks won an offensive zone draw, Hossa picked up the puck behind the net and banked it off Montoya's right pad and into the net.
The Blackhawks made it 2-0 at 2:23 of the second period with some great passing off the rush. Hossa brought the puck into the offensive zone on the right wing and sent a cross-ice pass to a wide open Sharp, who one-timed it high over the right shoulder of Montoya from the top of the left circle.
New York finally responded at 18:21 of the second stanza when Matt Moulson intercepted a clearing attempt at the left point and sent the puck down the wall to P.A. Parenteau, who turned and slid it to Hamonic. He then wound up and blasted it past Emery from the point.
The Islanders knotted the game at two at 10:52 of the third period when Steve Staios got a cross-ice pass from Frans Nielsen and let one fly from the right point that got through bodies in front and was deflected past Emery by Grabner.
"For me, it was a great effort," Islanders head coach Jack Capuano said. "It's a good hockey team that we played. We showed both in Chicago and here on Long Island that we can play with a good hockey team. I was proud of the effort, it was 2-0, but we kept coming and had our chances. I thought Emery made some good saves at key times in the game."
Hossa's first-period goal was the 400th of his NHL career...Chicago went 1- for-3 on the power play, while the Islanders failed to convert on six opportunities with the man advantage.
12/08 23:30:22 ET