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Toronto at New York

Maple Leafs cooled as Biron, Islanders take control

CBSSports.com wire reports
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UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- -The New York Islanders defied their recent history to knock off a Stanley Cup contender and a bottom-feeder in less than 24 hours.

Despite having the NHL's second-worst penalty kill and third-worst power play, the Islanders killed off seven penalties and scored power-play and short-handed goals in a 4-1 victory over the lowly Toronto Maple Leafs on Sunday.

Richard Park scored the short-handed goal and added an assist. Martin Biron made 26 saves, stopping all nine shots in the third period as New York won home games against New Jersey and Toronto.

"We feel like we owe each other results and consistency," Biron said. "When you play with the attitude and dedication we have right now, you have that sense you're going to play well."

Tim Jackman, Frans Nielsen and Matt Moulson also scored and Blake Comeau added three assists to help the Islanders win their second straight following a four-game losing streak.

Nikolai Kulemin's goal in the opening minute marked Toronto's only offense. The Maple Leafs had their season-high winning streak snapped at three.

"We certainly didn't make it easy with the penalties," Islanders coach Scott Gordon said. "To be able to use our penalty kill to close the deal is nice. It's been a concern of ours, the special teams."

The Islanders killed all seven Maple Leafs power plays, including four in the final period and scored short-handed for the second consecutive game. New York will now head on a four-game trip with the first three against Western Conference teams.

"I think the guys are playing more loose the last couple of games and it's been paying off for us," Comeau said.

Park had his fifth multipoint game and has three points in his last two games.

Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 28 saves for Toronto. The Islanders moved seven points in front of the Maple Leafs for last place in the Eastern Conference.

"When you get a lot of opportunities on the power play, you need to take advantage of it," Giguere said. "We're a team that has a lot of speed to draw penalties. We need to find a way to create traffic in front, get dirty and score some big goals."

With both teams coming off games Saturday, Toronto jumped to an early lead off Kulemin's breakaway goal 57 seconds in. Defenseman Mikhail Grabovski caught the defense pinching in and hit Kulemin with a blue-line breakout pass. Kulemin took the feed in stride and lifted a wrist shot over Biron's stick for his second goal in two games.

Jackman and Park responded by scoring 6:04 apart. Almost 2 minutes after the Maple Leafs struck, Jackman tipped in a rebound between Giguere's legs.

Park picked up the assist on Jackman's goal, and added his short-handed goal at 8:55, wristing a high-slot shot past Giguere.

"We were a little sloppy and weren't as tight as we wanted to be offensively or defensively," Giguere said. "We showed tonight a lack of maturity. The key is to learn from it."

New York limited Toronto to seven shots in the second period, while Nielsen's goal with 1:38 left extended the lead to 3-1.

Three New York hooking penalties and a bench minor for too many men on the ice gave Toronto a chance to rally. But the Maple Leafs generated just six fruitless power-play shots to fall to 9-20-7 on the road. Only Edmonton has fewer road victories.

"We're just not setting up and letting the puck do some work for us," Toronto coach Ron Wilson said. "We're holding onto pucks and when we do get a shot, we're not winning any puck battles in the slot to get a rebound or make a play."

In the third period, Moulson scored his team-leading 25th goal, tipping in Josh Bailey's centering pass for a power play goal with 2:20 left.

Notes
  • New York recalled rookie winger Mike Martin from the AHL before the game. Martin replaced LW Jeff Tambellini , who sat out with a strained groin.
  • LW Trevor Gillies picked up the secondary assist on Park's goal for his first NHL point.
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After allowing a goal in the opening minute, Martin Biron stops the rest of Toronto's shots. (Getty Images)
After allowing a goal in the opening minute, Martin Biron stops the rest of Toronto's shots. (Getty Images)

Scoreboard
Toronto (23-34-12)1001
NY Islanders  (28-32-9) «2114
Three Stars
B. Comeau
NYI


Goals: 0
Assist(s): 3
R. Park
NYI


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1
M. Biron
NYI


Saves: 26
Save Pct.: .963
Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
57.0Nikolai Kulemin (15), Wrist Shot. Assist: Grabovski
02:51Tim Jackman (4), Tip-In. Assist: Park, Gillies
08:55Short - Richard Park (8), Wrist Shot. Assist: Comeau, Hillen
2ND PERIOD
18:22Frans Nielsen (10), Tip-In. Assist: Comeau, Sim
3RD PERIOD
17:40Power Play - Matt Moulson (25), Tip-In. Assist: Bailey, Comeau
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
07:56Martin, 2 min, Boarding
07:56Martin, 2 min, Unsportsmanlike Conduct
07:56Lundmark, 2 min, Unsportsmanlike Conduct
10:15Kulemin, 2 min, High-Sticking
13:49Hillen, 2 min, Holding
14:49Caputi, 2 min, Roughing
17:05Kulemin, 2 min, Interference
2ND PERIOD
01:22Streit, 2 min, Cross-Checking
05:10Lundmark, 2 min, Holding
08:06Hanson, 2 min, Delay of Game - Puck Over Glass
18:43Kohn, 2 min, Roughing
3RD PERIOD
02:09Moulson, 2 min, Bench - Too Many Men on the Ice
08:30Comeau, 2 min, Hooking
08:50Meyer, 2 min, Hooking
08:50Kessel, 2 min, Tripping
16:02Kaberle, 2 min, Slashing
18:40Sim, 2 min, Hooking
Shots On Goal
 123T
Toronto117927
New York1411732
Goalies
GoalieMINSSGA
Jean-Sebastien Giguere59:52284
Martin Biron60:00261
Game Information
Attendance - 12804
Referees - Stephane Auger, Dennis LaRue
Linesmen - Pierre Champoux, Brian Murphy
 
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