Series (Game 3 of 4)

Toronto leads 3-1

Game 1: Monday, December 19th
Maple Leafs9
Game 2: Friday, March 10th
Maple Leafs1Final
Game 3: Wednesday, April 5th
Maple Leafs3
Game 4: Thursday, April 13th
Maple Leafs4Final

Islanders 2

(33-37-5, 71 pts)

Maple Leafs 3

(36-32-7, 79 pts)

7:30 PM ET, April 5, 2006

Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

1 2 3 T
NYI 0 1 12
TOR 0 1 23

D. Tucker (Maple Leafs - RW): Goals: 2, Assists: 0

M. Satan (Islanders - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

T. Kaberle (Maple Leafs - D): Goals: 0, Assists: 0

NY Islanders (33-36-5) at Toronto (35-32-7) 7:30 pm EDT

NY Islanders (33-36-5) at Toronto (35-32-7) 7:30 pm EDT

TORONTO (Ticker) - Since winning their last Stanley Cup in 1967, the Toronto Maple Leafs have failed to reach the playoffs 11 times.

Toronto continues its fight to avoid raising that total to 12 when they meet the New York Islanders on Wednesday in the third of four encounters this season.

After losing consecutive games to Montreal, the Maple Leafs have won three of four against some of the league's better teams and are eight points behind Tampa Bay for the final Eastern Conference postseason spot with eight games left.

Matthew Stajan scored his 12th goal and Johnny Pohl added his second of the season for Toronto in Monday's 3-2 loss to the Buffalo Sabres.

The Islanders have undergone a nosedive and are on the verge of being eliminated from the postseason chase for the first time since 2000-2001. New York is 14 points behind the Lightning with eight games to play.

Shawn Bates scored his 14th goal in the third period for the Islanders, who lost their fourth straight game with Sunday's 4-1 defeat to the Philadelphia Flyers.

The teams have split their first two matchups this season and will meet again April 13. Miroslav Satan scored in a shootout to give the Islanders a 2-1 win over the Maple Leafs on March 10.