UNIONDALE NY - FEBRUARY 05: Ty Wishart #6 of the New York Islanders skates in his first game as an Islander during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Ottawa Senators at the Nassau Coliseum on February 5 2011 in Uniondale New York. Islanders won 5-3. (Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)

Islanders Fall To Leafs, 5-3

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Uniondale, NY (Sports Network) – Tomas Kaberle, Nikolai Kulemin and Fredrik Sjostrom each tallied third period goals to give Toronto a 5-3 win over the New York Islanders at Nassau Coliseum.

Colby Armstrong added a goal and two assists for the Maple Leafs, who have won four of their last five. Jay Rosehill added a goal and James Reimer made 31 saves in the win.

Matt Moulson, Michael Grabner and Rob Schremp each scored for the Islanders, who have rotated losses and wins during the last five games.

Mikko Koskinen made his NHL debut between the pipes for New York and turned away 21-of-26 shots. He got the start after fellow rookie netminder Kevin Poulin injured his left leg during warmups.

The goaltender woes have haunted the Islanders ever since the trade of Dwayne Roloson to Tampa Bay in early January. They lost Rick DiPietro for 4-to-6 weeks with facial fractures suffered in a fight last week with Pittsburgh goalie Brent Johnson, which then pushed Poulin into the No. 1 spot.

Toronto broke a 2-2 tie 2:34 into the final stanza. The goal was set up by Armstrong’s slick cross-ice pass to Kaberle, who took the puck from the left point into the high slot and wristed the it into the top left corner.

A Leafs’ insurance goal came with 11:11 left, which was set up by Phil Kessel’s determined play. He picked off a defensive zone pass and charged down center ice. After being met by an Islander defender, he crossed it to Kulemin for an easy tapper into the open net.

Sjostrom’s charging snap shot from the right circle with 5:07 to go, put the game away while and Schremp’s deflection goal three minutes later was too late for the home team to mount a comeback.

Just 89 seconds into the game, the first shot on Koskinen found the back of the net. Darryl Boyce dropped off the puck to Armstrong, who skated untouched into the right circle and ripped a shot past the rookie goaltenders’ glove.

The second shot on the young netminder saw wasn’t much better and resulted in a 2-0 deficit 6 1/2 minutes in. The Islanders failed to get the puck out of the zone, while Luke Schenn kept it in and rifled a snap shot from the top of the right circle, which was deflected by Rosehill for his first goal of the season.

New York got on the board, 2-1, thanks to a power-play goal at the 10:48 mark of the first. From the left corner, John Tavares sent a backhand pass toward the slot where Moulson slipped it in.

The Islanders scored the lone goal of the middle frame to tie it when Grabner wristed a rebound in from the doorstep near the 15-minute mark.

Goaltender Joel Martin was recalled from Bridgeport(AHL) on an emergency loan in light of Poulin’s pregame injury…Islanders forward Jeremy Colliton suffered a rib injury during the game…Toronto ended a five-game road losing streak…Boyce had three assists in the win.

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Toronto Maple Leafs At New York Islanders: Islanders Looking To Win Two Straight

(Sports Network) - The New York Islanders will try record consecutive wins for the first time in over a month when they host the Toronto Maple Leafs tonight at Nassau Coliseum.

The Islanders won for the second time in three games with Saturday's victory over Ottawa, but New York, which is last in the Eastern Conference with 41 points, hasn't posted wins in consecutive outings since a three-game streak from Dec. 29-Jan. 3.

New York, which is 5-9-1 in 15 games since the end of that win streak, recorded a 5-3 win over the visiting Senators. Rob Schremp's goal in the early stages of the third period put the Islanders up for good and helped New York hand Ottawa its ninth straight loss.

Schremp ended with two goals and his game-winning tally came while Ottawa was shorthanded. Senators goaltender Robin Lehner was given a two-minute major for elbowing Isles backstop Kevin Poulin while the teams were skating off the ice at the end of the second period.

"It was nice to capitalize on that," Schremp said. "It was kind of a bad penalty for their goalie to take. It feels good to make them pay for it."




 

Michael Grabner and Frans Nielsen each added a goal and an assist while Matt Moulson lit the lamp for the victors.

Poulin stopped 20 shots in place of No. 1 goaltender Rick DiPietro, who is expected to miss the next 4-to-6 weeks with facial fractures suffered in a fight Wednesday against Pittsburgh goaltender Brent Johnson.

The Islanders ended a four-game home skid with the win over Ottawa, but they are just 9-12-4 as the host this season.

Toronto, meanwhile, has won three out of four games since the All-Star break and is coming off Monday's home victory over the Atlanta Thrashers. Tim Brent scored what proved to be the game-winning goal midway through the third period in the Maple Leafs' 5-4 decision over the Thrashers.

Clarke MacArthurNikolai Kulemin and Mikhail Grabovski each tallied a goal and an assist for the Maple Leafs, who have 49 points on the year and are nine points out of a playoff spot in the East.

Dion Phaneuf also lit the lamp for Toronto, while Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 30 saves.

The Maple Leafs will try to end a five-game road losing streak tonight. The club hasn't won away from Air Canada Centre since beating San Jose on Jan. 11 and Toronto is just 9-15-1 as the visiting team this season.

New York recorded a 2-1 overtime win in Toronto on Oct. 18 in the only meeting between the clubs this season. The Isles have won three in a row and four of the last five overall matchups in this series and the Maple Leafs have lost two straight and three out of four on Long Island.

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