Islanders 7, Maple Leafs 4

Associated Press  |  Last updated January 24, 2013
Matt Moulson and Michael Grabner scored two goals each, and the New York Islanders rallied for a 7-4 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday night. Moulson had one of four third-period goals for the Islanders (2-1), who overcame a 3-1 first-period deficit. Grabner had two goals, and Keith Aucoin also scored in the third for New York. Toronto (2-2) fell to 0-2 at home after a solid 5-2 win in Pittsburgh on Wednesday night. Frustrated fans chanted ''Let's go Blue Jays'' with 2:40 remaining. Grabner gave New York a 4-3 lead at 3:27 of the third, firing a wicked wrist shot past Ben Scrivens for his second of the season. Aucoin scored his first just 1:08 later to put the Islanders ahead 5-3. That was it for Scrivens, who allowed five goals on 20 shots in his third start of the season. Scrivens was replaced by James Reimer, who got the win in Pittsburgh. But Reimer was beaten cleanly by Moulson's wrist shot at 11:20 for his second goal of the season. The Islanders, playing for the first time since beating Tampa Bay 4-3 at home on Monday, opened a five-game, eight-day trip against Toronto. Matt Frattin scored at 17:47 to bring the Maple Leafs within 6-4. Frattin also had two assists just hours after he was recalled from the AHL's Toronto Marlies. Grabner closed the scoring with a short-handed, empty-net goal at 18:50. Mark Streit and former Leafs player Brad Boyes had the other goals for the Islanders. Carl Gunnarsson, Nazem Kadri and Mikhail Grabovski also scored for Toronto. Toronto controlled the first period, outscoring the Islanders 3-1 and outshooting them 16-9. Gunnarsson's shot from the point at 2:12 beat Evgeni Nabakov, who has started all of New York's games this season. Gunnarsson's first goal of the year was also the first by a Leafs defenseman. Moulson tied it at 8:39, putting a loose puck past Scrivens after the goalie stopped Moulson's shot off the faceoff. But the Leafs couldn't clear the loose puck, allowing Moulson to net his first of the season. Kadri put Toronto ahead 2-1 at 9:44 when John-Michael Liles blasted a shot wide of Nabakov, but the puck bounced off the boards right back to Kadri, who scored his third of the season. Grabovski then beat Nabakov with a wrist shot at 12:48 for his second of the year. New York tied it in the second with a pair of goals 1:26 apart. Streit scored on the power play at 11:44, his first of the year, before Boyes deflected Frans Nielsen's sharp-angled shot past Scrivens for his first at 13:10. NOTES: Frattin had eight goals and seven assists in 58 games with Toronto last season. ... The Leafs were 3-1 against the Islanders last season, 1-1-0 at home. ... Toronto completed its first back-to-back set of the shortened season. The Islanders will play at Boston on Friday night for the first of their seven back-to-back sets. The Maple Leafs will face the Rangers in New York on Saturday. ... Moulson played in his 248th straight game and has yet to miss one since joining the Islanders. Only Billy Harris (576 games), Bob Nystrom (301) and Denis Potvin (262) have played in more consecutive games in club history.
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