NHL Game Summary - Toronto at NY Islanders
(Sunday, March 14th)
Final Score: NY Islanders 4, Toronto 1
Uniondale, NY (Sports Network) - Richard Park posted a goal and an assist, while Blake Comeau added three helpers, and the Islanders recorded back-to- back wins for the first time in nearly two months with a 4-1 win over Toronto.
Matt Moulson, Tim Jackman and Frans Nielsen each scored once for New York, which posted its third win against the Leafs in four games this season. The Islanders have now won two straight games for the first time since a four-game streak from January 9-18.
Martin Biron stopped 26-of-27 shots to earn the victory.
"We're feeling like we owe each other some kind of results and consistency," Biron said. "That's what we're trying to go. Sometimes you just have that sense that you're loose and you're going to play well. We have that right now."
Nikolai Kulemin scored the lone goal for the Maple Leafs, who had a season- best three-game win streak snapped. Jean-Sebastien Giguere allowed all four goals on 32 shots, as Toronto lost for the ninth time in 10 road games.
Toronto got off to a quick start, scoring just 57 seconds into the game. Kulemin took a feed from Mikhail Grabovski and got behind the defense, using a backhand-to-forehand move to put the puck past Biron.
The Islanders, though, answered quickly on Jackman's tip-in less than two minutes later, and Park put New York ahead at the 8:55 mark with a shorthanded tally -- his eighth goal of the season.
Biron made seven saves to keep the Leafs off the board in the second period, and Nielsen padded New York's lead with 1:38 remaining. Comeau grabbed a loose puck off the boards behind the net and quickly found Nielsen across the crease; Nielsen was able to easily put the puck into the wide-open net.
The Isles' goaltender was up to the task again in the third, turning away all nine shots he faced. Moulson scored a late power play goal with 2:20 to go after taking a pass from Jeff Bailey out in front of the crease to account for the final margin.
These two teams came into the game with the two worst point totals in the Eastern Conference, although New York moved one point ahead of Carolina with the win...The Isles lost four straight before their current two-game win streak...New York and Toronto have posted the two worst penalty killing units in the league, but the Isles went only 1-for-6 on the power play, while the Leafs went a woeful 0-for-7.
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