Islanders 5, Maple Leafs 4 (OT): Lee and Grabner Score Two Goals in Win Over Toronto

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Christian Arnold, Islanders Point Blank:

UNIONDALE, N.Y. — In their first game since the Olympic break ended the Islanders came away with a dramatic 5-4 overtime victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Despite blowing a one-goal lead in the third period, the Islanders came from behind twice to in the game’s final frame to force OT. Newly crowned assistant captain Lubomir Visnovsky scored the game winner 1:55 into the extra period. The Islander defenseman was in the right place at the right time as the puck found him in the slot and he shot it past Jonathan Bernier.

“I just shoot on the net,” Visnovsky said of the game winner. “I think the goalie (might have) touched it. It was a little bit of a lucky shot.”

The win was a boost for the Islanders, who struggled going into the Olympic break. And without their captain John Tavares the team is facing an even tougher battle to climb back into the playoff picture. Thursday night the Islanders responded well in their first game without Tavares. Michael Grabner scored two shorthanded goals and rookie Anders Lee had two goals of his own in the third.

With the Isles trailing  1-0 in the first period Michael Grabner recorded two shorthanded goals in the span of 48 seconds to put his team ahead 2-1. It was the first time since April 17, 1999 that an Islander player scored two goals on the same penalty kill.

The score remained that way until the Leafs found the back of the net in the third period. Paul Ranger tied the game 8:50 into the game and Dion Phaneuf gave Toronto the 3-2 lead moments later off a one-timer from the face-off circle.

Lee scored the first of his two goals at 12:52 during a power play, but Joffrey Lupul gave the Maple Leafs the lead right back a little over minute later. However with things looking bleak for the Islanders, Lee found the back of the net again. This time finding a way to push the puck past Bernier during a scramble in front of the net.

“He (the ref) saw it moving. Didn’t stop until it got in,” Lee explained. The two goals were the first for Lee this season and the first time he’s scored since his NHL debut back on April 2, 2013 against the Winnipeg Jets.

Islander Head Coach Jack Capuano was happy with what he saw for Lee, along with Ryan Strome and Mike Halmo. Halmo and Lee were making their first NHL appearances of the year, and Strome was playing in his first NHL game since January 14.

“(Lee) is as advertised,” Capuano said. “He’s a big that goes to the net and that’s where he scores goals.”




211 comments
Vicp73
Vicp73

"Isles send Poulin to the AHL; Recall Nilsson" Now that makes sense. Let's keep playing the 38 year old. Unbelievable 

puckznpadz
puckznpadz

Two prospective goalies are gone. Wondering what free agency is going to look like. If it comes down to the summer and this team does not have a NHL Caliber Goalie that can potentially be here for 3-5 years I am going to be pissed.  Especially since the Isles are not the only team searching for a No.1 comes this off season.

doc942
doc942

Looking at Blues & Sabres trade, I can see why Snow wasn't able to make a trade for Miller early this year. Buffalo got a lot in return - an NHL goalie, power forward, a prospect, a #1 pick - not bad for a two month rental. That's good news for Islander fans. Let's see what happens with Vanek and MacDonald.

mrcisback
mrcisback

  I feel a little better about what our return is going to be for Vanek considering what Buffalo got back in return from St Louis in there trade. Hopefully we get a young player,a prospect and a 1st. I would even expand the trade with Vanek by adding another player from the Islanders if the return would be better. I would really love to know what the offer on the table was for Vanek that was rejected by Snow.

justintime
justintime

I like that Miller Trade for both the Sabres and the Blues.  They are both going for it all.  The Blues are going for the Cup, while the Sabres are doing a full rebuild quickly it looks like with all the prospects and picks they have now gathered.


Wish Snow would decide which one he wants to do, he just seems stuck in neutral. 

gleichzahl
gleichzahl

anyway, on the sharks game vs. sabres they just showed marleau's olympic gold medal.  some olympic stories have a happy ending.

gleichzahl
gleichzahl

islanders have given up the most goals in the nhl.  good luck signing a good goalie.

ejej
ejej

@Vicp73- Morning Vic. Just read that...amazing. Probably an early tune up for re-signing Nabby.

shlo
shlo

@doc942 Not necessarily a rental.  The chance that Miller will re sign in St. Louis is pretty good. He wants to be with a contender and St. Louis is one. They also got Ott which is a good player and someone you need in a playoff run.

(I agree that "on paper" it is a rental).

Vicp73
Vicp73

@Chris R  Even if he pulls a rabbit out of a hat, In my books he's a failure, and will always be a failure

shlo
shlo

@mrcisback I share your hope, but the chance that Miller will re sign with St.Louis is far greater than Vanek signs with LA or wherever he is dealt to. They also got Ott in the deal, real good player. We don't have that . Will you send  Franz along with Vanek to make a similar deal? I think that this deal will put pressure on other Western teams and they may be more "charitable"  in what they offer.

Miller with a St Louis defense and Hitch as a coach will be one hell of a combination.

dzruggie
dzruggie

@ejej @Vicp73  Resigning Nabby to be the back up would be a good move.  We can't go into next year with him as our #1 though

Vicp73
Vicp73

@ejej @Vicp73  Morning ejej, the re-signing wouldn't surprise me at all. Gotta shake your head at player personnel decisions around here. It's no wonder this team is always treading water.

dkdk
dkdk

A 3rd round pick and the right to sit next to a real GM at the draft

gleichzahl
gleichzahl

@willymayshays @gleichzahl  but if you're a goalie, do you sign with the team that gave up the most goals in the league?  one of the lessons i learned from playing sports: always try to end up on a good team.  i don't see how the islanders could be first choice for a good goalie, tbh.

dkdk
dkdk

We couldn't this year or last year either but it didn't stop good old Garth.

dkdk
dkdk

Dz .... I am not being sarcastic though. I am sadly worried that guys like Brodeur and heatley are who the dynamic duo will target this summer. Names that can't play anymore.

dzruggie
dzruggie

@dkdk  Sorry....I should have realized you were being sarcastic - as usual lol  lol  joking with ya

dkdk
dkdk

Dz .... Hence my comment of washed up. I would run kicking and screaming from him. I simply note that this as an off the wall pr stunt which is the one thing this mgmt team is capable of.

dzruggie
dzruggie

@dkdk  Wouldn't do it.  The team doesn't need a icon or face since they have JT.  They need to pry a young goalie to fit with the age group - 25-29 or so.  Though the rumor of getting Subban for Amac would be a heist.

dkdk
dkdk

Hey boys .... What about a certain legend that may want to continue playing and stay in the area? And he is washed up but has the name cache. Brodeur next year?

ejej
ejej

@Vicp73- Yup. The dysfunctional ways continue, and point right up to the emperor. Snow doesn't move an inch without his approval. Sad man, really sad. My buddies from Quebec that I skate with in the winter league down here have been all over me, in fun but very serious.


You know that the Wang/Snow tandem is a joke all over CA...

isles23
isles23

@dz. The worst part is people liking it, not much dignity left of this site it seems, smh.

dzruggie
dzruggie

@mrcisback @justintime @Vicp73 @Chris R  For me Snow went all in on this Vanek deal and recouping assets or even a stud young player will not make up for the loss of not hitting his goal, which was trading for AND signing Vanek.  He gambled and lost and he should be held accountable and fired.  Not because I hate him or jump on some of the negative bandwagons that circle around here, but because it was a high risk high reward deal that failed and now you have to pay for the risk.  That said it does not preclude Snow from making a decent deal for our 2 UFAs on the market but again for me, at season end I would remove Snow and the coaching staff.

dkdk
dkdk

@vic ..... Or forget that etem or toffoli and a late first is FAR LESS than we traded to begin with???

jepliberty
jepliberty

@orange2327

Jesus comes down to earth and runs into Garth Snow, he tells Snow 'You may ask me 3 questions'


Snow asks Will they find a cure for cancer? Jesus answers not in YOUR lifetime,


Snow then asks will they ever figure out all the functions of the human brain? Jesus again answers not in YOUR lifetime,


Snow then asks the 3rd question, Will I ever make a credible hockey deal that benefits the Islanders? Jesus replies not in MY lifetime.

justintime
justintime

@Vicp73 @justintime@Chris RHe has potential, but Gibson/Andersen are more of a sure thing in my opinion.  I would take him of course, but would not pay premium for him.


Toffoli, Jones and a 2nd I would probably do, unless Ducks offer one of the Goalies alone with Etem or first round pick.

Vicp73
Vicp73

@orange2327  Well before he blows it he'll need to check with Chuck first

justintime
justintime

@Vicp73 @justintime@Chris RI think we still do need a sniper to play with Tavares/Okposo and Toffoli is a natural goal scorer and could score 30 goals playing with them.  The other possibilites are Lee or Nelson with that line, but Toffoli is a better goal scorer than both of them.  Even though I think Nelson might be a better player overall than Toffoli.   I just think we need another potential high quality forward prospect out of this trade and I dont mean second tier prospect Like Sundstrom or even Lee.  We need something better in order to have this trade make sense for us.  Our Top nine is already crowded for next year and we don't need just a replaceable prospect, does nothing for us.  We need some elite or near elite prospects in my opinion.


As far as trading for a goalie, if it's Gibson or Andersen fine.  Otherwise I will take my chances in free agency as I don't like giving up assets for goalies unless they are upper level talents.  There are too many goalies out there that are similiar to waste a big asset on one.


mrcisback
mrcisback

@justintime @Vicp73 @Chris R    You know what Justin i'd be pretty happy with either one of those scenario's.  This kid Etem is really good. He was selected 1 pick ahead of Brock Nelson. As far as i'm concerned this is the last straw for Snow.

dkdk
dkdk

Yeah camb, I figured maybe a one day attempt at being included in the club.

camb33
camb33

@dkdk oh yes dk...this way he could pick his brain a bit...I like your way of thinking

Vicp73
Vicp73

@orange2327  Even though he's sleeping i'll take the 5 Stanley Cups he has under his belt. Snow is just in LALA land along with Cappy

jpizzy
jpizzy

@gleichzahl @jpizzy @willymayshays  If you look around the league, not many teams need goalies. If Isles can offer good money (strange to say I know) they could definitely land the best goalie on the market, whether that's Miller or Halak or whoever. Isles have good, young talent, moving into state-of-the art building, etc. I know the team isn't very good right now, but with the right goalie, that can change quickly. 

dkdk
dkdk

I am smelling someone along the lines of a Halak for next season who may not even be much of an upgrade.

gleichzahl
gleichzahl

@jpizzy @gleichzahl @willymayshays sure, but a solid goalie will get a #1 spot on a better team.  you're talking about a guy that will be #1 only if he comes to the islanders.  which might be an improvement over this year, but we're not talking top level goalie, imo.  we'll see...

dkdk
dkdk

What I am looking forward to is the next wave of GM, scouts, and coaches.

dkdk
dkdk

Even better!

dkdk
dkdk

Can we put WangSnow on that helicopter?