Postgame 1/7: Islanders vs. Maple Leafs
The Islanders continued their winning ways tonight with another huge night of scoring. Five different players scored to contribute to a 5-3 Isles win in Toronto.
Tyler Bozak scored a goal that was tipped in off a shot from the blue line early in the first period. The lead would last for most of the period until Kyle Okposo scored a goal after missing the scoring frenzy last night while tending to his family. Surprisingly, the goal was assisted by John Tavares.
Michael Grabner scored his 6th goal of the season after Jonathon Bernier mishandled the puck in his own zone. About 5 minutes later in the second, the Maple Leafs nodded the score when Mason Raymond shot the puck past Kevin Poulin on the power play.
Frans Nielson scored a hugely important goal for the Islanders early in the third period on the power play to give them a 3-2 lead. A few minutes later, Calvin deHaan scored his first career NHL goal on a wicked slap shot from behind the blue line that deflected off the stick of Dion Phaneuf.
The Maple Leafs made the game a little interesting when Joffrey Lupul pulled the Leafs within one goal with about 3 minutes remaining. The Isles were able to hold off the Maple Leafs attack and tack on an empty net goal by Cal Clutterbuck.
The Islanders have been playing some excellent hockey as of late. If they want a legitimate chance at the playoffs, they must pull themselves closer to the hunt before the Olympics begin. Kevin Poulin has to step up and keep the Isles in striking distance in these games until Evgeni Nabokov returns to the team.