For a few minutes after Jack Capuano finished his post game press conference -- following his team's 6-3 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins -- Okposo's fourth goal was given to Brock Nelson. Then after a few minutes more the media was informed that the Islanders' winger did indeed score a fourth goal.
It capped off a night that saw the Islanders come from behind to beat the rival Penguins and maintain possession of first place in the Metropolitan Division, as well as saw Okposo record his first career hat trick.
"It was a pretty fun game for our team to play in and for myself personally," Okposo said after the game. "I haven't had a hat trick in the NHL, so a big one and a huge win for our team."
It was Okposo's second goal of the game at 6:42 of the third period that went over the shoulder of Mar-Andre Fleury to tie the game at 3. His third goal -- shot from the slot that was fed to him from the near side of the rink from Josh Bailey -- gave the Islanders their first lead of the night with 8:09 left in the game.
Okposo's fourth goal of the game sealed the Penguins fate and guaranteed the Isles the crucial win against their divisional foe. Okposo is the first Islander since Matt Moulson did so on December 3, 2011.
The Islanders now have a hold on first place in both their division, as well as the Eastern Conference.
"Things are going good right now, but we can't overlook what's going on," Travis Hamonic said. "We have to make sure we regroup. We have another big test tomorrow night. It seems like every game that's coming up is the biggest game of the year, so we have a big one in Montreal."
Friday's win was another testament to the Islanders' maturity. Sidney Crosby scored the go-ahead goal at the end in the waining seconds of the second period on a delayed penalty call against the Islanders. They could have succumbed to the frustration.
Instead they battled back.
"Those things are going to happen.World class shot, not too many players can do that shot, but we knew that we were playing a pretty good game," Hamonic said. "We just found a way to hang around and hang around, and we were able to beat Fleury a couple of times there. Obviously they ran into some penalty trouble and we were able to get one on the power play and put things away."