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NHL Game Summary - NY Islanders at Minnesota



(Sunday, December 29th)

Final Score: NY Islanders 5, Minnesota 4

St. Paul, MN (SportsNetwork.com) - Kyle Okposo scored the go-ahead goal with 5:48 left in the third period to boost the New York Islanders to a 5-4 win over the Minnesota Wild.

Okposo had two goals and an assist, while Thomas Hickey added a goal and a pair of helpers for the Islanders, who received 33 saves from Kevin Poulin.

Nino Niederreiter scored once and added an assist for the Wild. Josh Harding made 26 saves for Minnesota, which lost its fifth in a row.

The Isles scored three times in the final period and rallied from a 3-0 deficit in the second period.

"I think we got going as the game went on," Islanders forward Cal Clutterbuck said. "We started getting some momentum when we started jelling."

Okposo actually scored less than two minutes apart in the third. His first goal came on a slapshot from above the right circle at 12:13 to give the visitors a 4-3 edge.

Justin Fontaine then put home a rebound in front at 13:45, but Okposo was on the doorstep for the go-ahead tally only 27 seconds later after Harding turned aside Thomas Vanek's attempt.

Calvin de Haan was sent off for hooking at 15:02, giving the Wild a golden opportunity to tie the game. Minnesota peppered the New York net, but Poulin, who made 13 saves in the final period, was equal to the task.

Minnesota's Kyle Brodziak took a hooking penalty with 2:31 left to kill any possible momentum for the Wild.

Ryan Suter scored 3:22 into the first period, and the Wild got goals from Jonas Brodin and Niederreiter only 2:20 apart early in the second for the 3-0 cushion.

John Tavares, whose consecutive games played streak ended at 246 games Saturday due to a lower body injury, was credited with New York's first goal 8:45 into the second. The puck deflected off the skate of Wild center Mikko Koivu.

Clutterbuck scored with 62 seconds left in the second and Hickey tied the contest 6:30 into the third off a centering pass from Andrew MacDonald.

"The only way you can win in this league is to play a good 60-minute game and find a way," Koivu said. "It's the only thing you can do."

Game Notes

Minnesota fell to 14-4-2 at home this season ... The Wild fell to 12-3-5 in games decided by one goal ... Koivu had two helpers, giving him 301 for his career. He becomes the first-ever Wild player to register 300 assists all-time ... The Isles have won the last four against the Wild ... It was a return to Minnesota for Clutterbuck, who was traded in the summer for Niederreiter.

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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
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Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
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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
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x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
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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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