UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) — The
The veteran defenseman's unassisted tally 1:55 into extra time ended a see-saw contest Thursday night in which the teams combined for five goals in an 8 1/2-minute span of the third period.
The winner came after Anders Lee scored two tying goals for the Islanders in his first game of the season.
"Our singular focus is the task at hand, one period at a time and one game at a time," said Islanders coach Jack Capuano, whose squad will be without top scorer and captain
Lee's power-play goal came after
Phaneuf's sixth goal of the season came less than three minutes after Paul Ranger tied it at 2.
"You can't win in this league giving goals as gifts," Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle said. "They tried to grind and we tried to outskill them. They did a better job."
The Islanders held that lead entering the third before the outburst by both teams.
Kessel, who scored five goals for Team USA in Sochi, took a pass in the high slot before whipping the puck past Nabokov. Only Washington's
Grabner answered for the Islanders with his first short-handed score at 15:53 off an assist from
The goal was the 11th of the season for Grabner, who tied Kessel in goals at the Olympics.
"It's a game of mistakes, but at least we got a point out of it," Bernier said.
The last Islanders player to score two short-handed goals on the same power play was Ziggy Palffy, 53 seconds apart on April 17, 1999.
"We kept coming and obviously had a big shift to score that tying goal," Grabner said. "Everyone fed off each other tonight. We still have a lot of games left. Hopefully we can keep it up."
The Islanders (23-30-8), had lost seven of eight games heading into the Olympic break.
They were also without forwards
The Islanders earlier this week recalled the entire top line from
Nielsen, who has a career-best 18 goals, ended his streak of 189 consecutive regular-season games played. He suffered a hand injury in New York's last game before the break on Feb. 8. Martin had played 121 straight games and also was hurt in the Feb. 8 home loss to Colorado.
The Maple Leafs (32-22-7) came in 11-2-1 before the break. Toronto is battling Montreal and Tampa Bay in the closely packed
The Leafs had won three straight and four of their last five at Nassau. But Nabokov was strong throughout, stopping