The New York Islanders took the ice on Thursday night at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale to welcome the Chicago Blackhawks. The Isles had themselves a nice little two-game winning streak heading into their rematch from Dec. 2, a 5-4 loss in Chi-town.
The operative word here is "had."
That's because the Blackhawks did it again, outlasting the Islanders by a final score of 3-2 in overtime, thanks to Patrick Sharp's game-winner at the 1:34 mark (assisted by Marian Hossa).
And it wasn't the first time in the game they collaborated on a goal.
Sharp, along with Patrick Kane, helped Hossa with a nine-foot tip-in at the 11:42 mark of the opening frame. The power play goal put Chicago up 1-0 until the second period, when it became two-zip thanks to (once again) Sharp, who had the slapper, and Hossa, who joined Niklas Hjalmarsson for the assist.