NHL Game Summary - NY Islanders at Toronto
(Tuesday, February 13th)
Final Score: NY Islanders 3, Toronto 2 (SO)
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Rick DiPietro put together a stellar performance -- coming up with 39 saves and allowing just one shot through during the shootout -- to guide the New York Islanders past the Toronto Maple Leafs, 3-2, at Air Canada Centre.
DiPietro made 16 of those stops in the third period, including a remarkable diving save on a Tomas Kaberle try, for the Islanders, who hadn't won in Toronto since March, 2002.
Frans Nielsen and Viktor Kozlov both scored in the shootout while Miroslav Satan and Trent Hunter had the regulation goals for New York.
Pavel Kubina and Bates Battaglia each had a marker for Toronto, which has dropped three in a row. Andrew Raycroft made 18 saves in a losing effort.
The Maple Leafs absolutely owned the third period -- outshooting the Isles 16-1 in the frame -- but DiPietro rose to the occasion. He stoned Battaglia on a breakaway, then moments later, came up with a dazzling save on a seemingly sure-fire Kaberle goal. After the netminder made the initial save, Kaberle got the rebound all alone in the slot and fired it toward the open left side of the net. DiPietro, though, dove from the other side of the crease and snared the shot with his glove to keep the game knotted at 2-2.
Neither team was able to make a dent for the rest of regulation, and overtime came and went without a goal despite intense back-and-forth action.
Nielsen went first in the shootout and cashed in with a backhander that slipped between Raycroft and the right post.
The next two players were turned away before Mats Sundin evened things with a quick wrister high to the glove side. Kozlov, though, responded with a backhand tally and DiPietro turned away Nik Antropov on the next sequence to secure the win.
"I got fortunate in the third period. I was able to see lots of the shots coming at me," DiPietro said. "We played a smart road game."
Kubina opened up the scoring 6:14 into the contest with a power-play marker, as his shot from the point beat a screened DiPietro.
The Islanders responded with two quick goals in the second to move in front.
The first came at the 4:49 mark courtesy of a Hunter wrister from the right circle that sailed over the glove of Raycroft. Just 27 seconds later, Satan pounced on a free puck in the slot and punched it home to make it 2-1.
Battaglia evened the game with 11 minutes to play in the second stanza, though, when he popped out from behind the net and fired a backhander past DiPietro.
Toronto is now 3-5 in shootouts, while New York improved to 5-4 ...Four of Kubina's five goals this season have come on the power play...Tuesday was Sundin's 36th birthday...New York was 0-11-1 in its last 12 trips to Toronto, including the playoffs.
02/13 23:23:35 ET