Stat Trick: New York Islanders 3, Toronto Maple Leafs 1

December 23rd, 2009 by Eric Hornick Leave a reply »
Trent Hunter and John Tavares scored goals 90 seconds apart in the second period, and the Islanders made it hold up in the third for a 3-1 victory over Toronto.  On to the trick: 1.  Following a scoreless first period, the Isles took command in the second period as Hunter tallied for the second straight game, just three seconds after an Islander power play expired.  It was the second goal in as many games for Hunter.  Tavares then scored off a beautiful pass form Blake Comeau.  It was his first goal since scoring five consecutive Islander goals between December 3 and December 9.    2.  After managing only eight shots on goal in the first 35 minutes, the Leafs picked up their play late in the second period and early in the third.  Niklas Hagman scored Toronto's only goal to cut the Islanders' advantage in half early in the third period.  3.  The Leafs pressed for, but could not find the equalizer.  Comeau was awarded an empty-net goal with 35 seconds to play when he was pulled down from behind to provide the final margin of victory.  It was Comeau's second goal in the last four games and the first time that the Isles had scored three goals in regulation since December ...

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