Kyle Okposo benched for second straight game

Kyle Okposo waits in the Islanders locker room Kyle Okposo waits in the Islanders locker room at the Nassau Coliseum. (Dec. 21, 2010) Photo Credit: Howard Schnapp

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Kyle Okposo sat for a second straight game Thursday night and said he wasn't necessarily surprised that he was benched again -- though certainly not satisfied with the situation.

"I'm disappointed, obviously, but the guys played great [Tuesday] night and we've just got to get some wins here," Okposo said after he and a handful of Islanders skated at the Coliseum Thursday morning. "It doesn't matter if I'm in the lineup or not."

Okposo said he had a "good talk" with Jack Capuano and general manager Garth Snow and was trying to figure out a routine for a day when he wasn't rehabbing an injury, just not playing.

"It's a little weird, since I've never done it before," he said. "I'm here for the guys, I'm excited for them to get a win tonight. You can't dwell on it. When my name's called, I'll be there."

 

Eaton, Montoya scratched

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Defenseman Mark Eaton was a scratch for the second straight game and goaltender Al Montoya, who was left with a sore neck after the 4-3 overtime loss to the Avalanche a week ago, sat out.

After Evgeni Nabokov exited with a groin injury just 7:55 in and Rick DiPietro came on, leaving the backup spot vacant, would Montoya have been allowed to suit up and play had DiPietro gotten hurt?

The NHL rulebook does allow for an emergency third goaltender if both the starter and backup are incapacitated.

Milestones

Jay Pandolfo's second-period score was the 100th goal of his NHL career, coming in his 835th game. It was his first goal since Feb. 5, 2010, when he was with the Devils . . . Brian Rolston's 1,201st game Thursday night tied him for 86th with Keith Tkachuk, four behind Brian Leetch in 85th . . . DiPietro picked up his second assist of the season.

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