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NHL Game Summary - NY Islanders at Chicago



(Friday, October 11th)

Final Score: Chicago 3, NY Islanders 2

Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Duncan Keith notched a pair of assists and Nikolai Khabibulin made a triumphant return to Chicago in the Blackhawks' 3-2 victory over the New York Islanders at the United Center.

Michal Handzus netted the game-winning goal in the second period, while Khabibulin stopped all 12 shots he faced over the final two frames in his first start as a Blackhawk since the 2009 Western Conference finals. The veteran netminder, who previously spent four seasons with Chicago from 2005-09, re-signed with the team during the offseason.

Khabibulin finished with 17 saves overall for the Blackhawks, who also received goals from Jonathan Toews and rookie Joakim Nordstrom.

"He had a heck of a game," Chicago head coach Joel Quenneville said of Nordstrom. "Did a lot of good things."

The Islanders failed to register a point for the first time in four outings this season after managing just a goal each from Josh Bailey and Kyle Okposo, which came within a 49-second span late in the opening period. Kevin Poulin turned back 25-of-28 chances in his first action of the season.

"We talked about how we needed to close quicker and take away their time and space," Isles head coach Jack Capuano said. "I thought it was a function of us not moving our feet."

Handzus' goal with 6:45 elapsed in the second period snapped a 2-2 deadlock. Left alone in front of the net, the veteran center hammered in a rebound of Keith's blast from the left point for his first tally of the season.

The Blackhawks made the lead stand up over the duration, with the Islanders mustering few scoring opportunities over the final 30 minutes and failing to capitalize on an interference penalty to Andrew Shaw with 8:50 left to play.

A hooking call on Peter Regin with 3:03 to go ultimately sealed New York's fate.

The defending Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks dominated the game's early stages, outshooting New York by a 7-1 margin over the first 10 minutes and gaining the upper hand when Nordstrom put home a pinpoint behind-the-net feed from Niklas Hjalmarsson near the midway mark of the opening period for his first career NHL marker.

Toews made it a 2-0 lead for Chicago later in frame, with the Blackhawks captain collecting the carom of Keith's off-target drive and rifling it into an open left side.

The Islanders turned it on near the end of the period, however, scoring twice in the final minute to draw even.

Michael Grabner led a counterattack before dropping in a centering pass to Bailey, who beat Khabibulin to the stick side to bring New York within 2-1.

The Islanders kept up the pressure, with John Tavares forcing a turnover from Hjalmarsson deep in the Blackhawks' end and finding Okposo for a backhander in close with only 4.8 seconds on the first-period clock.

Game Notes

Forward Cal Clutterbuck, acquired by the Islanders from Minnesota in June, made his debut with his new team. He missed New York's first three games after suffering a cut on his leg during the preseason ... The Islanders had outscored the opposition by a 6-2 margin in the second period entering the contest ... The Blackhawks went 0-for-4 on the power play, while New York finished 0-for-2 in such situations ... Chicago's Patrick Kane had a three- game goal-scoring streak halted ... The Blackhawks have now prevailed in four straight meetings with the Isles.

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2013 - 2014 NHL Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
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y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
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y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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