With back-to-back road games facing them over a 24-hour period, the New York Islanders took care of the first piece of business Tuesday night, scoring a 4-1 win on the road in Atlanta.
Kyle Okposo provided all the offense the Isles would need, notching a pair of goals, including the go-ahead strike in New York’s big second period. Selected No. 7 in the 2006 Entry Draft, Okposo tallied 52 points last season and 39 in 65 games in 2008-09. He had missed the season’s first 44 games due to a shoulder injury.
Meantime, goaltender Kevin Poulin turned away 25 shots, while P.A. Parenteau and rookie Travis Hamonic also struck for the Islanders.
New York still sports the second-worst record in the NHL, while Atlanta entered the game one point ahead of Carolina in the race for the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
New York plays at Pittsburgh Wednesday at 7 p.m .ET in the second of back-to-back games.
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Written by Dave Thomas