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Islanders rally with 2 late goals, break Blackhawks' winning streak at 8

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UNIONDALE, N.Y. - Kyle Okposo and Lubomir Visnovsky scored 51 seconds apart in the third period, and the New York Islanders beat Chicago 3-2 on Saturday night to snap the Blackhawks' NHL-best, eight-game winning streak.

After Patrick Kane gave the Blackhawks a 2-1 lead 3:46 into the third with an end-to-end rush with a backhanded finish, Okposo tied it with a power-play goal off a rebound of John Tavares' shot with 9:50 left.

Visnovsky then skated across the Chicago zone and beat backup goalie Scott Darling to put New York in front at 11:01.

Cal Clutterbuck also scored, and Jaroslav Halak made 23 saves to stop the Islanders' three-game losing streak. New York allowed 17 goals during the skid.

Daniel Carcillo gave the Blackhawks a 1-0 lead in the second period that Clutterbuck erased 6 seconds later. Darling, subbing again for injured Corey Crawford, had won four straight ??? all on the road ??? and three times in six days. He stopped 38 shots.

Just when it seemed both teams might be shut down in a goalie duel, the Blackhawks went in front on their second shot of the second but found themselves back in a tie seconds later.

Carcillo started it with a shot from the slot that Halak blocked, but the puck popped into the air and landed behind the goalie with 5:35 left. It was Carcillo's fourth goal.

Before that could be announced to the crowd, which had a fair share of Blackhawks fans scattered around it, a Chicago blunder got the Islanders on the board. On the faceoff following the goal, defenceman Duncan Keith got the puck in his end, but lost it to Clutterbuck, who came in alone on Darling and scored his fourth.

The Blackhawks had the better of the play in the scoreless first, but despite spending countless shifts in the New York end, the Blackhawks couldn't take advantage.

Even their shot count was kept down, and they took a 10-8 edge into the dressing room. Both teams had one fruitless power play in the frame and one stymied breakaway.

Brandon Saad was denied by Halak with 8:15 left after he took the puck away from former teammate Nick Leddy, and Okposo was turned aside by Darling with 5:53 remaining.

New York turned the tide in the second period and had a 17-7 shots advantage.

NOTES: Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews was in the lineup after being injured Thursday at Boston. Crawford (lower body) missed his fifth game. ... Islanders C Cory Conacher cleared waivers and was loaned to Bridgeport of the AHL. LW Josh Bailey (lower body) returned after missing one game, and Eric Boulton was scratched. D Brian Strait was a healthy scratch. Griffin Reinhart replaced him in the lineup.

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