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Campoli scores two goals, Islanders snap 6-game skid by beating Columbus

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Campoli scores two goals, Islanders snap 6-game skid by beating Columbus

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UNIONDALE, N.Y. - Chris Campoli had his first two goals in nearly a year, the second coming 3:13 into overtime, and the New York Islanders overcame another blown three-goal lead in the third period to beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-3 Monday night.

In a bizarre final sequence, the defenceman got to a loose puck after teammate Mike Comrie lost it in the Columbus zone and fired a shot past Fredrik Norrena. Play continued as Campoli waved his arms to signal that he scored, but to no avail. He then took a pass in the slot and drilled another shot into the centre of the net, setting off a wild celebration as New York snapped a 0-5-1 skid.

After further review following the game, Campoli was proven right. His initial shot went in.

Campoli's short-handed tally capped a second period in which the Islanders took a 3-0 lead, connecting three times within 11:07. Richard Park and Bill Guerin had the other goals for New York, which entered with the fewest points in the NHL.

The Blue Jackets came away with a point after a furious third period in which they erased a 3-0 deficit. R.J. Umberger scored Columbus' final two goals after defenceman Marc Methot started the comeback.

Columbus, the last-place team in the Central Division, are 1-3-2 in its last six.

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Campoli scores two goals, Islanders snap 6-game skid by beating Columbus