UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) -- Matt Stajan scored his second goal of the
game with 1:08 left in overtime to give the Toronto Maple Leafs an
important 4-3 victory over the New York Islanders on Thursday
Stajan came around the net, fought off two checks and sent a
backhand from the high slot between the pads of a screened Garth
Toronto also got goals from Darcy Tucker and Mats Sundin.
Jean-Sebastien Aubin stopped 23 shots for the Leafs, who are three
points behind Tampa Bay for the eighth and final playoff spot in
the Eastern Conference. Both teams have three games remaining.
The loss was the first at home for New York against Toronto in
the last four meetings.
Aubin (7-0-2) made two huge saves in the first minute of the
game. He stopped Miroslav Satan with a diving stick save at the
left post on a wraparound attempt at 32 seconds, and then 12
seconds later, he raised his left leg at the knee while on his
belly to get a pad on Bates' try.
Tucker opened the scoring 2:04 into the game. Snow missed the
puck as it went behind the net. Steen grabbed it and passed it out
front, where Tucker poked it home.
The Islanders tied the game with 21.8 seconds left in the
period. Jason Blake's breakaway attempt hit the left post, but slid
under Aubin across to Nilsson, who spun around and whipped a wrist
shot into the open right side.
Hunter put the Islanders up 2-1 at 12:27 of the second period.
On a give-and-go off the left wall, Hunter faked a pass to Bates
and wristed a tight shot under the crossbar.
The Maple Leafs thought they tied the game 2:04 later when
Stajan buried the puck during a scramble, but the goal was waved
off due to a referees whistle.
Sundin tied the game legally with a power-play goal with 2:13
left in the period. He was wide open in the left circle and snapped
Nik Antropov's cross-ice pass high to the short side.
Stajan put the Maple Leafs up 3-2 early in the final period. On
a rush, Stajan found himself streaking up the middle alone, and he
took Jeff ONeill's pass and beat Snow with a snap shot. It was
Stajan's 13th goal, and came at 4:35.
Bates tied the game at 10:54 on a backdoor tap-in off Miroslav
Satan's third assist of the game.
Snow's biggest save came when he got his glove on Chad Kilger's
point blank 20-foot slap shot with 3:15 left in regulation.
Center Matt Koalska made his NHL debut with the Islanders.
He became the ninth Islanders rookie to suit up for Thursday's
game. ... With only two home games left, the Islanders have a
19-17-2 record at Nassau Coliseum. However, they've only had
winning records at home in October (3-2-0) and March (6-2-0). ...
Snow's last win came at Philadelphia, a 4-2 triumph on Nov. 26 ...
Satan was voted the "Good Guy by the Long Island chapter of the
Professional Hockey Writers Association for cooperation with the
media. ...The announced crowd was 10,430.