New York, NY - There is an old saying “Everything that can go wrong-will” can best sum up the New York Islanders season. As the injury bug bit the Islanders again this time taking keeper Kevin Poulin in the warm ups with an apparent leg injury. In spite of Mikko Koskinen having an okay NHL debut with the team, the Islanders (17-29-7) fell to the Toronto Maple Leafs (23-26-5) in hockey action on Tuesday night.
New York, NY - There is an old saying “Everything that can go wrong-will” can best sum up the New York Islanders season. As the injury bug bit the Islanders again this time taking keeper Kevin Poulin in the warm ups with an apparent leg injury.
In spite of Mikko Koskinen having an okay NHL debut with the team, the Islanders (17-29-7) fell to the Toronto Maple Leafs (23-26-5) in hockey action on Tuesday night.
Koskinen was shaky early giving up the first goal of the game at the 1:29 mark when Colby Armstrong (7) gave Toronto the 1-0 lead, by ripping a 32 foot snap shot for the 1-0 lead. The Maple Leafs would add to that lead at the 6:31 mark Jay Rosehill (1) had a 11 foot tip-in shot to make the score 2-0.
Then the Islanders newest keeper made his first NHL save at the 7:09 mark on a 38 foot attempt by Tim Brent. Toronto would take a penalty at the 9:53 mark as Tomas Kaberle took a two minute penalty for hooking Matt Martin.
New York would cut into the Maple Leafs lead on the power play opportunity at the 10:48 mark, as Matt Moulson (19) netted a 10 foot wrister, which was assisted by John Tavares (22) and P.A. Parenteau (20) to make the score 2-1.
Michael Grabner (17) would tie the two teams up again at the 15:02 mark of the second period tallying a nine foot wrister, which was assisted by Radek Martinek (6) and Kyle Okposo (3) which made the score 2-2. New York would get another good opportunity at the 18:29 mark as newcomer Ty Wishart had a six foot wrister denied by Toronto keeper James Reimer.
Near the end of the second period Islanders fans would witness the arrival of backup keeper Joel Martin to the squad. Martin was one of the latest acquisitions for New York and may see action very soon.
At the 2:34 mark of the third period of play Tomas Kaberle (3) would tally a 30 foot wrister, which was assisted by Colby Armstrong (11) and Darryl Boyce (5) to give Toronto the 3-2 lead. The Maple Leafs had a great opportunity to add to that lead, on a 63 foot slap shot by Francois Beauchemin which was saved by Mikko Koskinen.
The Toronto offense was just too much on this night as at the 8:49 mark Nikolai Kulemin (20) had an 18 foot wrister, who found the puck on a sweet pass from Phil Kessel (16) for the 4-2 Leafs lead. Kessel would have a 22 foot snap shot at the 14:18 mark, which was denied by Koskinen.
Fredrik Sjostrom (2) would rip a 42 foot wrister at the 14:53 mark of that frame for the fifth Leafs goal. The Islanders would not back down though as at the 18:08 mark Rob Schremp (10) was able to tip-in a wicked shot by Milan Jurcina (7), which made the game 5-3 in favor of the Leafs.
New York would pull Koskinen with 1:30 left in the game for the extra attack, in spite of a very good offensive pressure from the Islanders. Matt Moulson would have a shot go in at the 19:56 mark on a 33 foot wrister, but that was denied as at the same time P.A. Parenteau was high-sticking Tyler Bozak. Sadly for the Islanders fans everything continued to go wrong for the squad as that penalty would negate the goal. The horn would sound giving the Maple Leafs the 5-3 victory.
The Islanders will continue their grinding schedule with a Thursday night 7:30 p.m. face-off with the Montreal Canadiens.
Note: Kevin Poulin will have a MRI on his left leg tomorrow.