Kyle Okposo scored one of the stranger game-winning goals you'll see to get the Islanders the extra point in Winnipeg.
Roughly midway through the extra session, Frans Nielsen broke out of the neutral zone and rushed the puck with a slight opening for a 2-on-1. As the Jets closed in, Nielsen pulled up in the slot and rifled a shot toward the net. The puck his Nikolaj Ehlers directly in the face, then caromed right to Okposo, who put the puck in the net to hand New York its fifth win in the last six games on this road trip.
"You take them any way you can get them now," Okposo told reporters after the game. "I got a lucky bounce off Ehlers' face."
Over his last 15 games, Okposo is averaging a point per contest.
Obviously, it was an unorthodox way to win a game, but Nielsen's rush really made the play. Pulling up and take the shot was the right move. The Jets got back well, and had Nielsen tried to force a pass, both men could have gotten caught down low, which could have led to an odd-man rush the other way. Instead, he took the shot and, with all due respect to Ehlers' face, when you get the puck toward the net, good things can happen.
I'm glad Okposo was the benefactor of the goal because I really like the way Okposo has been playing in the second half of the season. He really feels like he's poised for a big finish. While he was dissatisfied with the way he played in the playoffs last year, he could be a key player to watch come April. He's doing a lot to like on the ice right now.
Also, give the Isles some class points. The second Okposo and Nielsen saw that Ehlers was down, they called for the Jets trainer, and New York essentially decided to forego a big, on-ice celebration. Instead, they opted for a handshake line after Ehlers has been taken off the ice, with guys like Cal Clutterbuck skating the length of the ice to check on Ehlers to make sure he was okay.