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Isles’ Okposo on comeback: ‘We didn’t panic’

May 3, 2013, 10:08 PM EDT

While John Tavares is the New York Islanders’ biggest star, Kyle Okposo might just be their biggest wild card. He’s been hot lately and showed how much of a difference-maker he can be in a 4-3 comeback win in Game 2.

Okposo dropped his gloves with Matt Niskanen (pleasing throwback fans) in the second period and then scored the game-winner midway through the final frame:

Sure, the 25-year-old got more than a little luck there, but he was still an impact player.

So how did the inexperienced underdogs keep their heads even when they were down 3-1? Okposo explained their mindset.

“We didn’t panic,” Okposo said. “We just kept going at them and found a way to win. That was a big win for us.”

Matt Martin scored the 3-3 goal. He provided a pretty calm explanation for the victory.

“We knew if we kept playing how we were, we’d be able to chip away at it,” Martin said. “It’s only one game but it’s a step in the right direction.”

And now a 1-1 series shifts in the direction of Nassau Coliseum.

  1. bcisleman - May 3, 2013 at 10:14 PM

    Didn’t look to me like MAF put it in. Looked like it was underneath him and he didn’t know where it was until it was too late.

  2. jl9830 - May 3, 2013 at 10:20 PM

    Kyle Okposo,

    YOU ARE THE MAN. You turned this series around tonight. You showed what had people calling you a Jarome Iginla-lite when you were coming up. If you can consistently bring this to the table, the sky is the limit for you and this team.

    Let’s Go ISLANDERS!!!!!


  3. heyzeus143 - May 3, 2013 at 10:30 PM

    Pens in 5

  4. bobhpine - May 3, 2013 at 10:57 PM

    I never thought this would be a sweep. The challenge for the Isles will be handling all the emotion playing at home, where they aren’t that good.

    1975 was so long ago.

  5. bpearse230 - May 3, 2013 at 11:38 PM

    Amazingly that was Okposo’s first NHL fight. He looked pretty experienced.

  6. prosportswashington - May 4, 2013 at 1:46 PM

    I would love to see the Islanders win this one, everyone loves the underdog (and most people don’t love the Penguins)

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