NHL Game Summary - Toronto at NY Islanders
(Saturday, December 27th)
Final Score: NY Islanders 3, Toronto 1
Uniondale, NY (Sports Network) - Mark Parrish scored twice to lead the New York Islanders over a red-hot Toronto Maple Leafs squad, 3-1, at the Nassau Coliseum.
Toronto had its 16-game point streak (14-0-1-1) ended, losing in regulation for the first time since November 20th. They tied the record for the longest point streak since the inception of the current overtime format.
Mattias Weinhandl added a goal for the Islanders, who have won four straight. Garth Snow stopped 19 shots in the victory, including all 17 he faced in the final two periods.
Darcy Tucker scored the lone Toronto goal at 15:39 of the first period, his 13th of the season.
But the Islanders responded with three unanswered to close out the game. Weinhandl scored his first of the season at 5:02 of the second, tying the game at 1-1 off a feed from Shawn Bates after leaving the penalty box moments earlier.
Parrish then gave the Islanders a lead for good, picking up a rebound in front of Ed Belfour and directing it into the empty right side of the net 4:34 into the third period.
Belfour, the Toronto goaltender, recorded 25 saves.
Parrish's empty-net goal with seven seconds remaining sealed the victory. It was a power-play goal, as the Maple Leafs had been whistled for too-many men on the ice when Belfour was pulled for an extra skater.
The home team is 9-2-1 in the last 12 meetings between these clubs...The 2000-01 Avalanche and 1999-2000 Devils also posted 16-game point streaks...Toronto was 0-for-4 on the power play, while New York went 1-for-4 with the extra skater.
12/27 22:25:42 ET