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Kane, Blackhawks spoil Islanders' debut in Brooklyn

by Brian Compton

NEW YORK -- Patrick Kane's second goal of the game came on a power play 1:49 into overtime and the Chicago Blackhawks spoiled the New York Islanders' first regular-season game at Barclays Center with a 3-2 win on Friday.

Kane won it after Islanders defenseman Nick Leddy was whistled for slashing while trying to prevent Marian Hossa from scoring on a breakaway. With Chicago skating 4-on-3, Kane redirected Hossa's feed past goaltender Thomas Greiss to give the Blackhawks their first win of the season.

Artem Anisimov also scored in regulation, Duncan Keith had two assists and Corey Crawford made 34 saves for the Blackhawks, who rebounded after a 3-2 season-opening loss to the New York Rangers on Wednesday.

"A big win," Kane said. "Obviously it was our biggest goal coming into tonight's game, to get the first win of the season. [You can] feel the confidence. Obviously we had a lead going into the third period and we didn't do a good job sustaining it. I thought Crawford was great all night. It seemed like he was seeing the puck really well from point shots when they had traffic in front, he made some big saves. On the goals they did have, we really didn't give him much help. Good win."

The Blackhawks, who host the Islanders on Saturday, started their first 3-on-3 overtime with three Conn Smythe Trophy winners: Kane, Keith and Jonathan Toews.

"It's fun," Kane said. "We saw a couple of chances there. Hossa had a breakaway. He probably should have had a penalty shot there, but we were lucky enough to score on the power play. Watching the Tampa Bay-Philly game [Thursday] night, it's just up and down, chances, breakaways, 2-on-1s, it's going to be fun for the fans to watch."

John Tavares and Marek Zidlicky scored for the Islanders, who opened a new chapter in Brooklyn after playing at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum for 43 years.

Greiss made 32 saves for the Islanders, who were missing No. 1 goaltender Jaroslav Halak because of an upper-body injury.

"I thought from our standpoint with our guys, we competed hard, we played hard," Islanders coach Jack Capuano said. "It comes down to a shorthanded goal and a power-play goal. We gave up one goal at even strength. We'll take that on most nights."

Anisimov opened the scoring with a shorthanded goal at 13:28 of the first period. After the Blackhawks were penalized for having too many men on the ice, Islanders forward Brock Nelson coughed up the puck in the neutral zone to Anisimov, who skated in alone and put a high backhand shot past Greiss for his first goal of the season.

"That was a big goal for us," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said. "First penalty we had to kill all year and we scored shorthanded. You always score shorthanded on the road, you usually have a good night. It turned out to be a big factor in the game."

Tavares tied it with his first of the season and the first Islanders goal at Barclays Center 5:22 into the second period. Moments after a roughing penalty to Islanders center Casey Cizikas expired, defenseman Johnny Boychuk sent a pass from the right-wing boards to the near post to Tavares, who worked his way to the front of the net and put his own rebound past Crawford to make it 1-1.

"Maybe more so if it was a win," Tavares said about how special it was to score New York's first goal at Barclays Center. "I think it's always nice to get on the board, try to create some chances. Obviously that's what I'm counted on for most. I felt like today I was still trying to get some timing and certainly playing a team like that, they don't give you much time and space, so it was nice to get that one when I had that opportunity."

Chicago regained the lead when Kane scored at 15:11. With the teams at even strength, Artemi Panarin ripped a shot from the right circle that hit the crossbar. Greiss lost sight of the puck and Toews sent it in front from behind the net to Kane, who quickly put it into the open right side for his first goal of the season.

"He scored a big goal," Quenneville said. "Heck of a play by Jonny. That line was dangerous again with him and [Panarin] there, they've got something going."

Kane is under police investigation for an incident at his offseason home in Hamburg, N.Y.

The Islanders tied it again when Zidlicky scored 1:18 into the third period. Zidlicky, a defenseman who signed as a free agent Sept. 18, took a pass from Nelson and with Mikhail Grabovski setting a screen in front, sent a slap shot from the left point past Crawford to make it 2-2.

Teuvo Teravainen nearly put the Blackhawks back in front with about five minutes remaining when his wrist shot went off each goal post but did not cross the goal line; Bryan Bickell whiffed on the rebound.

Tavares had a golden opportunity to give the Islanders their first lead of the night in the final minute of the third period when he intercepted Andrew Shaw's pass in the slot, but his shot went wide.

"I think the atmosphere was great," Tavares said. "Our fans were into it, behind us like they always are. Certainly they brought that tradition over from the Coliseum. For us, we got out there, 200-by-85, trying to play the same game. Obviously you want to be a tough team to play at home and use our crowd to our advantage. There were some good things tonight, but I still think there is a lot better for us there. That's encouraging, especially against a team like them. It'll be a good test tomorrow."

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