By Chris Block
The Blackhawks 8-game winning streak came to an end on Long Island on Saturday night.
Dan Carcillo put the Hawks ahead for exactly six seconds in the second period when Jaroslav Halak stopped his shot but had the rebound pop high in the air and come down bouncing off the back of his head and into the back of the net. But a bad Duncan Keith giveaway in front of Scott Darling handed Cal Clutterbuck the tying goal six seconds after the Hawks took the lead.
Patrick Kane later notched his team-leading 14th goal of the season. Then the tide turned once again after a Kris Versteeg penalty midway through the third. Kyle Okposo nailed a Darling rebound on the ensuing New York power play. On the next shift the Hawks watched Isles’ defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky dance through their zone and rip a shot by Darling’s stick to take a 3-2 lead, one Halak and the Islanders would not relinquish.
Darling was the star of the game for the Hawks. He stopped 38 shots in taking the 3-2 loss. Halak faced just 25 shots at the other end.
The second period was one of the Hawks’ worst periods of the year, but that’s not to take anything away from the Islanders, who were the better team overall in the latter two-thirds of Saturday’s contest.