09 March 2011
The Islanders prevailed in a seesaw game over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday night with a 4-3 win in overtime.
New York never trailed, but never led by more than one goal throughout the entire game.
No goals were yielded by either goalie in the first period as James Reimer stopped all 11 shots he faced and Al Montoya kept all nine shots he saw out.
Enforcer Zenon Konopka opened the scoring in the game when he scored his second of the season 2:15 into the period. But only 34 seconds later, Keith Aulie scored his first of the season to tie things up. Frans Nielsen scored his ninth goal of the year to put New York back up by one at 11:17. But with a little over a minute remaining in the period, Tim Brent recorded his eighth goal of the campaign to tie things up after a busy four goal second period.
Michael Grabner gave the Islanders their third lead of the game with his 27th goal at 8:40 of the third period, but again responding quickly to giving up a goal, Nikolai Kulemin scored his 25th of the year to tie things up just 68 seconds later. The period would end with each team earning a single point.
There weren't a whole lot of shots in the overtime frame, only four total, but that was enough as with 58 seconds left Blake Comeau scored for the 19th time this year to seal the win for the Islanders. New York out shot Toronto 3-1 in overtime and 40-27 overall in the game.
Blake Comeau, Tim Brent and Michael Grabner were the first, second and third stars of the game respectively.
The Islanders are now 3-0-1 on their current five game home stand, one they wrap up with a game against the Bruins on Friday.
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