NHL Game Summary - NY Islanders at Toronto
(Tuesday, March 10th)
Final Score: Toronto 3, NY Islanders 2 (OT)
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Mikhail Grabovski's overtime tally was the difference, and the Toronto Maple Leafs edged the New York Islanders, 3-2, at Air Canada Centre.
Lee Stempniak and Alexei Ponikarovsky scored in regulation for the Maple Leafs, who have won six of nine. Martin Gerber made 28 saves to earn the victory.
"They have had a bad season, but look at that lineup; they have a bunch of good guys there," Ponikarovsky said. "We played hard to bounce back."
Kyle Okposo and Blake Comeau tallied within 45 seconds of each other in the first period for the Isles, who had won two straight and four of five coming into the game. Joey MacDonald allowed three goals on 28 shots to take the loss.
"We blew it by not taking advantage of the penalties that the Leafs picked up," Islanders defenseman Mark Streit said. "Our power play obviously was poor. But overall, we're improving, and we're taking positive steps going into next season."
After regulation ended in a 2-2 tie, the Leafs struck quickly in the extra period. After an Islanders turnover in their own zone, Anton Stralman blasted a slapshot that MacDonald saved. The shot brought the goaltender too far out of the net, and Grabovski's shot from in close easily found the net 50 seconds into the frame.
"I was going for the rebound, and it bounced so hard that it bounced all the way back to Mikhail," Ponikarovsky said, "and it landed on his stick and he was able to put it in."
Stempniak's wrister from the slot put Toronto on the board with 2:33 left in the opening period, but Okposo tied the game 15 seconds later after jamming the puck past Gerber from right in front of the crease.
Comeau's wrister just 45 seconds after the previous goal staked the Isles to a 2-1 lead at the conclusion the first period.
After a scoreless second period, Toronto tied the game on Ponikarovsky's 19th goal of the year at the 8:46 mark of the third. Neither team could muster the game-winner down the stretch, sending the game to overtime.
The Leafs have taken 3-of-4 from the Isles this season, but the Islanders are only 1-1-2 in those four games...New York began a season-high six-game road trip and will also travel to Montreal, Boston, Chicago, Carolina and Ottawa...The Islanders went 0-for-5 on the power play, while Toronto went 0- for-2.
03/10 23:00:51 ET