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NY Islanders end 10-game losing streak beating Sharks 3-2 in shootout

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The Islanders’ Kyle Okposo scored with 1:37 in regulation to send the game against the San Jose Sharks into overtime where the Islanders won in a shootout for a 3-2 win Tuesday night at the SAP Center in San Jose .

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For the first time in 10 years, the Islanders won in San Jose snapping a 10-game losing streak.

“This is a very good feeling,” Islanders captain John Tavares said.

Islanders’ goalie, Kevin Poulin made 46 saves, 18 in the first period, keeping the Islanders close until they rallied in the third period down 2-0.

“They’re a good team, being down 2-0 in the third and coming back to win, this was huge,” Okposo said.

The Sharks took control early with Patrick Marleau scoring a power-play goal and Joe Pavelski adding another with four minutes to go in the second period.

“We’ve got to win games when we’re up 2-0,” Pavelski said.

Thomas Vanek wasted little time in scoring for the Islanders at 51 seconds into the third period and Okposo’s goal, off a face-off to the left of Antti Niemi, knotted it at two apiece to end regulation.

“I give a lot of credit to Poulin. He kept them in the game and we missed too many open nets and second-chance opportunities. That makes a huge difference in our game,” Sharks coach Todd McLellan said.

The Sharks are on a four-game losing streak trying to avoid tying the longest of the season when they face the Minnesota Wild Thursday night at the SAP Center.

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