The New York Islanders scored two quick third period goals to and hung on to beat the Blackhawks, ending Chicago’s winning streak.
It took more than 34 minutes for someone to finally score, as Daniel Carcillo put home his fourth of the season to give Chicago the lead… a lead that would last only six seconds. Cal Clutterbuck scored six seconds after Carcillo’s tally to tie the game.
The second period ended with the scored tied at one because Scott Darling played another fantatic game. Chicago’s netminder allowed only one goal against 25 shots in the first 40 minutes, 17 of which came in the second period.
Patrick Kane scored his 14th of the season early in the third to give the Hawks the lead, and they would hold onto this lead for almost seven minutes. Unfortunately, the next two goals game only 51 seconds apart and were both for the Islanders, and New York ran away with the victory. Kyle Okposo scored a rare power play goal against the Hawks at 10:10, and Lubomir Visnovsky scored the game-winner at 11:01.
In total, Darling allowed three goals as the Hawks were out-shot 41-25 in front of him.
Jonathan Toews returned from his ugly incident in Boston to skate 18:35 with two hits, one shot on goal and winning 10 of 13 faceoffs. Andrew Shaw won 10 of 15 faceoffs and was also credited with two hits in the game. Michal Rozsival led the team with six hits and Patrick Sharp accounted for seven of the Hawks’ 25 shots on net (but was minus-two in the game).
For the Islanders, Nick Leddy skated 19:28 and picked up three shots on net, one blocked shot, one hit and one takeaway. he was on the ice for 3:57 with the advantage, and his assist was on Okposo’s power play goal.
The Hawks are back on the ice at the United Center on Sunday night against the Flames.