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The Sports Xchange, Published December 29 2013

Islanders rally from three goals down to beat Wild

SAINT PAUL – Center Kyle Okposo scored twice in the third period as the New York Islanders rallied from a 3-0 deficit to beat the Minnesota Wild 5-4. Okposo, playing in his hometown, got his 13th and 14th goals of the season just minutes apart, handing Minnesota its first home loss of the month.

Center John Tavares, right wing Cal Clutterbuck and defenseman Thomas Hickey also scored for the Islanders (12-21-7), who trailed by three goals midway through the game but had forged a 3-3 tie less than seven minutes into the final period. Kevin Poulin had 33 saves for New York.

NY Islanders 0 2 3— 5

Minnesota 1 2 1— 4

First Period—1, Minnesota, Suter 1 (Rupp, Mitchell) 3:22.

Second Period—2, Minnesota, Brodin 7 (Koivu, Niederreiter) 0:39. 3, Minnesota, Niederreiter 7 (Koivu) 2:59. 4, NY Islanders, Tavares 14 (Vanek, Okposo) 8:45. 5, NY Islanders, Clutterbuck 5 (Hickey, Nelson) 18:58.

Third Period—6, NY Islanders, Hickey 2 (McDonald, Strome) 6:30. 7, NY Islanders, Okposo 13 (Hickey, MacDonald) 12:13. 8, Minnesota, Fontaine 8 (Cooke, Scandella) 13:45. 9, NY Islanders, Okposo 14 (Vanek) 14:12.

Shots on Goal—NY Islanders 8-12-11—31. Minnesota 16-7-14—37.

Power-play opportunities—NY Islanders 0 of 3. Minnesota 0 of 4.

Goalies—NY Islanders Poulin 5-12-0 (37 shots-33 saves). Minnesota Harding 18-6-3 (31-26).

A—18,851 (18,064). T—2:32.