Islanders score 3 goals in 3rd, beat Maple Leafs
- Associated Press
- January 7, 2014 - 9:25 PM
TORONTO — Frans Nielsen, Calvin De Haan and Cal Clutterbuck scored third-period goals to lead the New York Islanders past the Toronto Maple leafs 5-3 on Tuesday night.
New York (16-22-7) kicked off a six-game road trip with their second win in two nights with backup Kevin Poulin in goal. Poulin relieved injured starter Evgeni Nabokov on Monday and backstopped the Islanders' 7-3 win over Dallas.
Poulin made 23 saves against the Maple Leafs.
It was another frustrating loss for Toronto (21-18-5), which outshot the Islanders 26-25 in its first game since being beaten 7-1 at home by the New York Rangers on Saturday night. That snapped a three-game winning streak.
The Maple Leafs got within 4-3 when Nazem Kadri's shot deflected in off Joffrey Lupul with 3:05 left for his 13th goal.
Nielsen's power-play goal, his 16th of the season, broke a 2-2 tie at 3:41 while Lupul served a goalie interference penalty. De Haan scored his first NHL goal when his slap shot from outside the blue line hit Toronto defenseman Dion Phaneuf's stick and bounded past goalie Jonathan Bernier, who wasn't sharp in his sixth straight start.
Bernier got the start despite allowing five goals on 32 shots against the Rangers.
Clutterbuck closed the scoring with an empty-netter with under 10 seconds remaining.
Kyle Okposo and Michael Grabner also scored for the Islanders, and John Tavares, named to Canada's Olympic team earlier Tuesday, added three assists after registering five points against Dallas.
Tyler Bozak and Mason Raymond also scored for Toronto, 14-10-1 at home.
Bozak gave the Maple Leafs a 1-0 lead when he deflected Paul Ranger's point shot past Poulin 5:05 into the game for his sixth goal. Bozak has two goals and four assists in four games since returning from an oblique injury.
Poulin filled in again for Nabokov, who was placed on the injured list Monday night. New York went 1-9-2 when Nabokov was recently sidelined by a groin injury.
Okposo, who sat out Monday because of the birth of his daughter, pulled New York even at 19:16 with his 17th goal.
New York went ahead on a peculiar play early in the second. Bernier left his crease to stop a loose puck behind the net but couldn't prevent it from going outside the no-play zone. That allowed Grabner to take the loose puck and score his sixth goal unassisted on the wraparound at 3:06.
Toronto had four power-play chances in the period but only scored at 8:25 to make it 2-2. Poulin stopped Jake Gardiner's point shot but Raymond converted the rebound for his 12th goal and second in 16 games.
NOTES: D Tim Gleason made his Maple Leafs debut. ... Tavares extended his point streak to seven games, but teammate Thomas Vanek's string ended at nine.
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