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Kyle Okposo wins it for Islanders in OT, 4-3 over Jets

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Both Kyle Okposo and Frans Nielsen play a part in Thursday's game-winning goal.John Woods/AP

Both Kyle Okposo and Frans Nielsen play a part in Thursday’s game-winning goal.

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Kyle Okposo scored off a quirky rebound 2:20 into overtime to lift the New York Islanders to a 4-3 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday night.

Islanders forward Frans Nielsen blasted the puck toward the net, but it hit Jets forward Nikolaj Ehlers in the face and Okposo got the rebound and shot it in past goalie Michael Hutchinson.

Calvin de Haan, Shane Prince and Nick Leddy also scored, and Thomas Greiss stopped 26 shots as the Islanders improved to 5-1 on their season-high seven-game road trip that concludes Sunday against the crosstown-rival New York Rangers.

Mark Scheifele had two goals and Tyler Myers also scored for the Jets, who have lost six straight at home. Hutchinson finished with 23 saves.

Scheifele gave the Jets a 3-2 lead with 2:03 remaining, but the Islanders took advantage of an extra attacker and Leddy tied it again with 29 seconds left.

Prince, acquired from Ottawa on Monday, put the Islanders ahead 2-1 at 8:32 of the third period, but Jets defenseman Myers quickly evened it up at 9:56.

New York went into the game with the NHL’s top penalty kill, but the Jets scored on the power play with 3:47 left in the first period while Johnny Boychuk was in the box for roughing.

Dustin Byfuglien, playing in his 400th NHL game, had his shot blocked by an Islanders player, but Mathieu Perreault picked up the loose puck and sent a pass over for Scheifele to tap in.

It was Scheifele’s 16th goal of the season, a career-high for the third-year centre that he bumped up to 17 with his second of the night.

Nikolaj Ehlers inadvertently sets up Kyle Okposo's game winner by taking a puck off the face.John Woods/AP

Nikolaj Ehlers inadvertently sets up Kyle Okposo’s game winner by taking a puck off the face.

The assist extended Byfuglien’s point streak to seven games, with one goal and six assists. Perreault also got his career-high 26th assist of the season.

Jets defenseman Anthony Peluso left the game in the first period after crashing into the net and didn’t return because of what the team called an upper-body injury.

De Haan tied it at 6:02 of the second after Manitoba native Travis Hamonic passed the puck out of the corner to de Haan in front and his point shot beat Hutchinson.

Winnipeg had a 20-16 edge in shots on goal after the second.

Prince scored his fourth goal of the season after withstanding a slash around his right hand by Byfuglien as he went the net.

Myers’ tying goal was his seventh of the season.

AP-WF-03-04-16 0426GMT

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