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Kyle Okposo finally finds the net twice, but it's not enough

Kyle Okposo celebrates his second goal of the

Kyle Okposo celebrates his second goal of the first period during a game against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Nassau Coliseum. (Dec. 3, 2013) Photo Credit: Jim McIsaac

After connecting for six goals in the Islanders' opening 19 games this season, it took Kyle Okposo nine games to score his seventh.

It then took the right wing all of 3:02 to connect for his eighth in the Islanders' 3-2 overtime loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins Tuesday night at the Coliseum.

Okposo's play was one of the few bright spots for the Islanders, who squandered a two-goal advantage by surrendering two power-play scores in regulation and Sidney Crosby's game-winner in overtime.

Okposo, who hadn't managed a goal since Nov. 12 in a 3-1 home win over the Nashville Predators, rediscovered his scoring touch. He opened the scoring in the first period when he took a pass from John Tavares and beat Marc-Andre Fleury at 9:53 while there was a scramble in the crease.

He made it 2-0 when he fired home a slap shot from atop the right-wing circle at 12:55.

This wasn't the first time the 6-foot, 216-pound Okposo made his presence felt against the Penguins. But this time he did it with his stick instead of his fists, which he used on Matt Niskanen in the second game of the playoffs last May 3.

Not only did Okposo bloody his opponent in that game, he woke up the Islanders, who were trailing by two goals at the time. They went on to win, 4-3.

Okposo has been inconsistent throughout his career. The first-round pick in the 2006 draft had a five-game point streak in October and a three-assist game against Boston Nov. 2.

But he has done little since -- until Tuesday night. Unfortunately for the Islanders, his teammates could not follow suit.

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