NHL Game Summary - Toronto at NY Islanders
(Monday, October 20th)
Final Score: NY Islanders 5, Toronto 2
Uniondale, NY (Sports Network) - Mariusz Czerkawski scored twice to power the New York Islanders past the Toronto Maple Leafs, 5-2, at Nassau Coliseum.
Jason Blake, Oleg Kvasha and Michael Peca also found the net for New York, which improved to 3-0-1 in its last four games. Garth Snow turned aside 24 shots for the Islanders.
Gary Roberts and Matt Stajan tallied goals for Toronto, which lost for the first time in its last four contests (1-1-2). Ed Belfour started in goal for the Maple Leafs and surrendered four goals on only nine shots. He was replaced by Mikael Tellqvist, who made five saves.
Czerkawski opened the scoring on the power play at 5:06 of the first period when his shot from the right circle deflected off Belfour and into the net. It was his fourth goal of the campaign.
Blake made it 2-0 just over 10 minutes later. The puck went behind the net and then bounced out in front to Belfour's right. However, the netminder thought the puck was on the other side of the net and couldn't react in time to prevent Blake from whacking it off his pad and across the goal line.
Roberts cut the deficit to 2-1 with 3:55 remaining in the opening stanza, as he scored on a stuffer from behind the net. It was his first tally of the campaign.
The Islanders then put the game away with three unanswered goals in the second period. Czerkawski restored the two-goal advantage with an unassisted tally at 1:42 of the frame. He stole the puck from Ric Jackman in the Toronto zone and fired a shot from the left circle that went off the arm of Belfour and into the net.
Kvasha increased the advantage to 4-1 at 2:57. Alexei Yashin controlled the puck behind the net and centered it to Kvasha, who one-timed a shot past Belfour for his second goal of the year. Belfour was then lifted in favor of Tellqvist.
Peca capped the second-period uprising at 14:44 when he came out of the penalty box, took a pass from Shawn Bates and beat Tellqvist to the glove side on a breakaway. It was Peca's first goal since February 23, 2003 versus Boston.
Stajan tallied the lone goal of the third period to complete the scoring. Snow went behind the net to play the puck, but Owen Nolan got there first and fed a backhand pass in front to Stajan, who one-timed a shot into the open net with 7:16 remaining.
Czerkawski matched his goal total of last season...Toronto's Mikael Renberg was forced to leave the game with a pulled muscle in his upper body...The Leafs fell to 1-2-2 overall and have not scored more than two goals in a game so far this season...The Islanders were 2-for-6 on the power play, while Toronto went 1-for-7 with the man advantage...New York center Dave Scatchard will miss 4-to-6 weeks with a dislocated right shoulder. He suffered the injury in the Islanders' 2-1 win over Florida on Saturday.
10/20 22:11:24 ET