NHL Game Summary - Toronto at NY Islanders
(Friday, December 26th)
Final Score: NY Islanders 4, Toronto 1
Uniondale, NY (Sports Network) - Bill Guerin scored twice for 400 career goals, and the New York Islanders stopped their longest losing streak in 11 years with a 4-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs.
New York goalie Rick DiPietro made his return after a 27-game absence following knee surgery and stopped 28 shots for his first win of the season. DiPietro also notched an assist, the 14th of his career.
Kyle Okposo and Freddy Meyer also scored for the Isles, who had not won since beating Ottawa on November 29. They had been 0-9-1 in the 10 games since.
Lee Stempniak notched the only goal for the Maple Leafs, who have lost two straight games. Vesa Toskala was unimpressive in net, allowing four goals on 31 shots in taking the loss.
DiPietro made his presence known early, assisting on the Isles' first goal. The goaltender came out of his net to dish the puck to Okposo, who flew down the right side of the ice and directed the puck toward the net from a bad angle. Somehow Toskala whiffed on the incoming shot, and it ended up in the back of the net just under four minutes into the game.
Toronto tied it up later in the first, when Stempniak took a rebound off DiPietro's right pad and shoved it into the net at 15:44.
New York went back on top, as Guerin re-directed Joshua Bailey's wrister out of the air and past Toskala 6:27 into the second period.
The Islanders took a two-goal lead early in the third. Guerin found a loose puck in front of the net and slammed it home before Toskala could locate it just 2 1/2 minutes into the frame.
Meyer added a goal for New York on a slapshot from the slot to make it 4-1, and the Isles cruised to the victory from there.
DiPietro holds the single-season and all-time records for assists as a Islanders goaltender, recording his sixth of the 2007-08 season and 13th of his career on March 12, 2008 against Tampa Bay...Bailey was originally credited with Guerin's first goal, which would have marked Bailey's first career NHL tally, but replays showed that Guerin clearly tipped the puck...Doug Weight, who leads the Isles with 29 points, sat out the contest with a groin injury...The season series is tied, 1-1...Islanders center Andy Hilbert left the game in the second period with a hairline fracture in his foot and did not return.
12/26 22:49:04 ET