NHL Game Summary - NY Islanders at Toronto
(Monday, November 20th)
Final Score: Toronto 4, NY Islanders 2
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Kyle Wellwood had a goal and an assist as the Toronto Maple Leafs downed the New York Islanders, 4-2.
John Pohl, Darcy Tucker and Alexei Ponikarovsky also scored, while Nik Antropov added two helpers for the Maple Leafs, who halted a two-game skid.
Toronto goaltender Andrew Raycroft, who sat out the last three games with a groin injury, returned to the lineup and finished with 19 saves.
Chris Simon and Jason Blake each scored for the Islanders, who concluded a five-game road trip with a record of 3-1-1. Rick DiPietro yielded all four Toronto goals on 33 shots.
Toronto did most of its scoring in the opening period and took a 3-1 lead into the first intermission.
Just 2:53 into the first period, Matt Stajan skated with the puck into the Islanders' zone and through New York's defense before finding Wade Belak at the right circle. Belak then sent a pass in the slot for Pohl, who one-timed it past DiPietro for his second goal of the season.
Simon's one-timer at the 5:03 mark briefly tied the game, but less than a minute later the Maple Leafs regained the edge on Wellwood's third tally of the season.
After an Islanders' turnover, Wellwood worked on a nice 2-on-1 with Antropov before firing the puck past a sprawled DiPietro.
Tucker's 13th goal of the season, a one-timer during a Toronto power play at the 9:23 mark, made it a 3-1 game.
Tucker's goal gave him 10 power play goals for the year, which leads the league.
"(Tucker) is always in the right spot and he always finds a way to be open," said Toronto defenseman Tomas Kaberle, who picked up an assist on the goal. "We just have to find a way to get the puck to him and he always buries it."
With 3:59 left in the second period and the Islanders on a power play, New York cut its deficit down to one when Blake scored his 11th goal of the season on a nice tic-tac-toe play with Mike Sillinger and Alexei Yashin.
The Islanders had good pressure on Raycroft and the Maple Leafs late in the third period, but Simon was whistled for hooking with 1:41 left to play and Ponikarovsky's power play goal iced the game.
"We played a solid 60 minutes," added Kaberle. "We worked hard, we kept it simple and got the two points."
Belak's assist on Pohl's first period goal was his first in 50 games. His last helper came against Vancouver on January 10, 2006...Toronto defenseman Bryan McCabe picked up an assist to extend his point streak to six games (three goals, six assists)...Toronto went 2-for-6 on the power play, while New York went 1-for-6...The Maple Leafs have won six of the last seven meetings.
11/20 22:35:40 ET