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Grabovski scored OT winner as Leafs edge Islanders

Mar 11, 2009 - 5:14 AM
TORONTO (Ticker) -- Mikhail Grabovski scored 50 seconds into overtime to lead the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 3-2 victory over the New York Islanders on Tuesday.

New York led, 2-1, in the third period before Alexei Ponikarovsky tied the game with his 19th goal of the season less than nine minutes into the session.

Grabovski had not scored a goal since January 29, a span of 17 games, and never had tallied in overtime before Tuesday.

He got some help as the Islanders failed on two chances to clear the puck from their zone and took advantage, beating Joey MacDonald with a shot as the goaltender was caught out of position after making a save.

"Even during the game, there were times where I didn't know where (Grabovski) was," Toronto coach Ron Wilson said. "He's worrying so much about scoring and so many other things. Fortunately, he was able to get a bounce in front of him, he was on the spot and able to get the job done."

Lee Stempniak gave the Maple Leafs a 1-0 lead late in the first, but the advantage was short-lived.

Rookie Kyle Okposo tied the game 15 seconds later, and Blake Comeau gave the Islanders a 2-1 edge exactly one minute after Stempniak had opened the scoring.

Martin Gerber made 28 saves for Toronto.

"It was great, especially being down in the first there," Gerber said of the win. "(Defensemen Luke) Schenn and Phil (Oreskovic) helped me see the puck out there, and it helped."

MacDonald stopped 25 shots for the Islanders, who had won four of five.

Stempniak beat MacDonald with a low wrist shot for his his 12th goal at 17:27 of the first.

Okposo tied it as he knocked in a bouncing puck in front of Gerber for his 15th tally of the season. Comeau then gave put New York ahead when he recorded his seventh goal of the campaign on a shot from near the blue line with 93 seconds remaining in the period.

Ponikarovsky forged a 2-2 deadlock at 8:46 of the third, when he knocked down a clearing attempt and fired a shot past MacDonald and into the top right corner of the net.

The Islanders, who went 0-for-5 on the power play, fell to 6-23-3 on the road with the loss.

"We had several 5-on-3s and man advantages, and we just didn't capitalize," Okposo said.






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    FINAL IN OT 1ST 2ND 3RD OT TOTAL
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    NY ISLANDERS 2 0 0 0 2
    TORONTO 1 0 1 1 3 FINAL IN OT
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: TOR - LEE STEMPNIAK 12 (JEFF FINGER, JASON BLAKE) 17:26
    NYI - KYLE OKPOSO 15 (SEAN BERGENHEIM, FRANS NIELSEN) 17:42
    NYI - BLAKE COMEAU 7 (JOSH BAILEY, MIKE IGGULDEN) 18:27
    2

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    NY ISLANDERS 2
    TORONTO 3
    OT: TOR - MIKHAIL GRABOVSKI 14 (ALEXEI PONIKAROVSKY, ANTON
    STRALMAN) 0:50

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    END OF THE 3RD GOING INTO OT
    1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    NY ISLANDERS 2 0 0 2
    TORONTO 1 0 1 2 GOING INTO OT
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: TOR - LEE STEMPNIAK 12 (JEFF FINGER, JASON BLAKE) 17:26
    NYI - KYLE OKPOSO 15 (SEAN BERGENHEIM, FRANS NIELSEN) 17:42
    NYI - BLAKE COMEAU 7 (JOSH BAILEY, MIKE IGGULDEN) 18:27
    2ND PRD: NONE
    3RD PRD: TOR - A

    Mar 10 10:02 PM
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    NY ISLANDERS 2
    TORONTO 2
    3RD PRD: TOR - ALEXEI PONIKAROVSKY 19 (UNASSISTED) 8:46

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    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    NY ISLANDERS 2 0 2
    TORONTO 1 0 1 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: TOR - LEE STEMPNIAK 12 (JEFF FINGER, JASON BLAKE) 17:26
    NYI - KYLE OKPOSO 15 (SEAN BERGENHEIM, FRANS NIELSEN) 17:42
    NYI - BLAKE COMEAU 7 (JOSH BAILEY, MIKE IGGULDEN) 18:27
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    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    NY ISLANDERS 2 2
    TORONTO 1 1 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: TOR - LEE STEMPNIAK 12 (JEFF FINGER, JASON BLAKE) 17:26
    NYI - KYLE OKPOSO 15 (SEAN BERGENHEIM) 17:42
    NYI - BLAKE COMEAU 7 (JOSH BAILEY, MIKE IGGULDEN) 18:27
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    NY ISLANDERS 2
    TORONTO 1
    1ST PRD: NYI - BLAKE COMEAU 7 (JOSH BAILEY, MIKE IGGULDEN) 18:27

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    NY ISLANDERS 1
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    1ST PRD: NYI - KYLE OKPOSO 15 (SEAN BERGENHEIM) 17:42

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    NY ISLANDERS 0
    TORONTO 1
    1ST PRD: TOR - LEE STEMPNIAK 12 (JEFF FINGER, JASON BLAKE) 17:26

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