For the second encounter in a row, the New York Islanders came back to tie the Chicago Blackhawks in the third period and force overtime, and for the second encounter in a row they failed to take the extra standings point offered by the Bettmans that be.
Tonight Steve Staios was both -- er, all three -- hero, near-villain and OT goat. It was his blast through traffic (Michael Grabner was later credited with the goal) that tied the game at 2-2 with nine minutes left. It was his over-the-glass penalty (after a frustratingly pedestrian exchange between him and Mike Mottau) that gave the Hawks a late chance to claim the winner in regulation, and it was his inability to control a point pass in OT that led to a 2-on-1, which Patrick Sharp finished on the rebound.
Fuller recap and whistles to come later. This is our post-game plus/minus thread for your instant analysis with short-form praise and critiques (as opposed to full-on game thread stream-of-consciousness) for the night that was. This one should be fun, as many players could claim both a plus and a minus depending on which slide you put in your microscope. To keep it orderly, if you see someone making the same points/topics you have, maybe reply to them before starting your own string. Or, whatever you like. Bettman points beg for ambiguity.