NHL Game Summary - Toronto at NY Islanders
(Friday, March 10th)
Final Score: NY Islanders 2, Toronto 1 (SO)
Uniondale, NY (Sports Network) - Rick DiPietro stoned all three shooters he faced in the shootout and Miroslav Satan was only player to score as the New York Islanders defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs, 2-1, at Nassau Coliseum.
Robert Nilsson tallied his third goal of the season and DiPietro made 22 saves for the Islanders, who have won four of their last five games. Satan notched his 22nd assist of the year on Nilsson's goal.
Bryan McCabe scored the Leafs' lone goal and Ed Belfour stopped 26 shots for Toronto, which has lost six of its last seven contests.
"In the first two periods, both teams were pretty conservative in their approach to their play," Maple Leafs head coach Pat Quinn said. "There weren't a lot of chances for either side. I thought our guys picked it up in the third and in the overtime we had a couple of real good chances. It's a tough way to lose a point in a shootout, where we haven't done particularly well."
After a scoreless third period and overtime forced the shootout, DiPietro stopped Mats Sundin with his right pad before Satan beat Belfour stick side to give the Isles the lead.
"It's pressure for every player in a shootout," Satan said. "A point is on the line. The best way to succeed is to block it out, take it like a practice and have fun with it. So far, more have gone in than missed."
DiPietro made a sprawling save on Alexei Ponikarovsky and Belfour made a glove save on Trent Hunter in the second round, leaving it up to Darcy Tucker. But DiPietro made a right-pad save on Tucker to seal the win for New York.
Toronto drew first blood 1:29 into the second period while on the power play as McCabe beat DiPietro stick side with a shot from the point for a 1-0 lead.
New York netted the equalizer midway through the second period after a blocked shot hopped into the right circle where Nilsson fired a shot past Belfour stick side just as a penalty expired to make it 1-1.
New Islanders Denis Grebeshkov and Jeff Tambellini suited up with New York for the first time since being dealt from the LA Kings on Wednesday...Toronto and the Isles have split two meetings this season...New York snapped a three- game losing streak to the Maple Leafs. New York finished 0-for-7 on the power play, while Toronto was 1-for-7.
03/10 23:20:35 ET