Live Updates - Islanders vs. Maple Leafs
Running feed of Thursday's game between the New York Islanders and the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Thursday, 02.27.2014 / 6:30 PM / News
New York Islanders
New York Islanders vs. Toronto Maple Leafs
Thursday, Feb. 27 2014 - 7:00 p.m. - Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NYNote: Page will automatically refresh every 60 seconds.
6:30 - Pretty quiet start to the third period. Shots are 5-4 Islanders with no score so far in this period. Isles still lead 2-1.
8:50 - TOR goal. Paul Ranger ties the score by finishing off a strange play in front of the net. van Riemsdyk drives to the net, puts the puck off the post, behind Nabokov, off a body and onto Ranger's tape in the crease. Game tied 2-2.
11:26 - TOR goal. Dion Phaneuf puts the Leafs ahead with a high one-timer. Islanders trail 3-2.
12:08 - NYI PP (Carl Gunnarsson - Two Minutes Interference) Isles PP 0-for-3
12:52 - NYI PP GOAL! Anders Lee bangs home the game-tying power-play goal. Lee scores in his first call up this season and the Isles and Leafs tied 3-3 with seven minutes to play. Game tied 3-3.
13:54 - TOR goal. Joffrey Lupul answers just over a minute later for the Leafs. Lupul sends a backhand past Nabokov with 6:06 to play. Islanders trail 4-3.
17:20 - NYI GOAL! A sharp-angled shot somehow beats Bernier and we have a tie game with 2:40 to play. Lee credited with the goal - may have bounced off him and in. Game tied 4-4.
END OF 3RD PERIOD: Game tied 4-4. Isles lead shots 31-24.
3:57 - TOR PP (Josh Bailey - Two Minutes Hooking) Isles PK 2-for-2
8:42 - Evgeni Nabokov makes a big stop on van Riemsdyk, as he and Phil Kessel skate in on a 2-on-1. Crowd chants their approval.
10:04 - Eric Boulton and Tim Gleason drop the gloves in the Leafs zone. Boulton drops Gleason and goes off for the fighting major. Gleason is escorted to the room, but popped up immediately and skated off with no assistance.
11:06 - NYI PP (Jake Gardiner - Two Minutes Holding) Isles PP 0-for-1.
14:33 - TOR PP (Casey Cizikas - Two Minutes Hooking) Isles PK 3-for-3
15:38 - Dion Phaneuf breaks his stick and uses the busted shaft to stop Grabner from going on a shorthanded breakaway. Phaneuf gets two minutes for using the broken lumber. Teams to play four-on-four 55 seconds.
END OF 2ND PERIOD: Isles 2, Leafs 1. Isles lead shots 16-15.
4:33 - Isles generate some good chances early. Best chance goes to Boulton, who split the Leafs defense and was the first player to reach a Bernier rebound. Game still scoreless.
6:53 - TOR goal. Phil Kessel goes top corner to open the scoring. Tyler Bozak and James van Riemsdyk pick up the assists. 1-0 Leafs.
11:30 - Mike Halmo sets up Boulton in front of the net for his second quality chance of the night. Halmo is certainly winning the crowd over in his first period.
12:46 - NYI PP (Dion Phaneuf - Two Minutes Roughing) Isles first PP of the game.
14:42 - Eric Boulton gets two minutes for holding on Cody Franson. Four seconds of four-on-four and then the Leafs head to the PP.
15:53 - NYI SH GOAL! Michael Grabner ties the game 1-1 with a shorthanded goal on Bernier. Casey Cizikas forces the turnover on the forecheck and feeds Grabner, who goes stick side. Game tied 1-1.
16:41 - NYI SH GOAL! Grabner scores his second shorthanded goal on the same kill. Grabner forces a gaffe between Bernier and Morgan Reilly before sliding the puck into the empty net. Isles lead 2-1.
18:56 - TOR PP (Travis Hamonic - Two Minutes Hooking) Isles 1-1 on the PK with 2 SHG
END OF 1ST PERIOD: Islanders 2, Maple Leafs 1. Isles lead shots 11-7.
Isles Starters: Grabner-Bailey-Clutterbuck, Strait-MacDonald, Nabokov.
Leafs Starters: Lupul-Kadri-Clarkson, Phaneuf-Gunnarsson, Bernier.
Thomas Vanek - Brock Nelson - Kyle Okposo
Michael Grabner - Josh Bailey - Cal Clutterbuck
Anders Lee - Ryan Strome - Colin McDonald
Eric Boulton - Casey Cizikas - Mike Halmo
Calvin de Haan - Travis Hamonic
Brian Strait - Andrew MacDonald
Thomas Hickey - Lubomir Visnovsky
The Islanders kick off the final 22 games of the regular season against the Toronto Maple Leafs tonight at Nassau Coliseum.
The season series is on the line, as the Leafs make their first trip to Long Island this season. The teams split the first two games at Air Canada Centre, with the Islanders taking the most recent outing 5-3.
The Leafs won seven-of-10 heading into the Olympic break, but with nearly three weeks between games, it feels like a fresh start for the home stretch.
Ahead of tonight’s game, the Islanders held an optional skate, while the Leafs iced a full squad. Here are some news, notes and quotes from Thursday’s skate.
Lineup Notes/Changes: Ryan Strome, Anders Lee and Mike Halmo draw into the lineup tonight. Strome will center the third line with Lee and Colin McDonald on the wing. Halmo will take Matt Martin's spot on the fourth line and play with Casey Cizikas and Eric Boulton.
Nielsen/Martin: Frans Nielsen and Matt Martin are both out of tonight’s lineup with injuries. Nielsen is still recovering from a broken hand, while Martin is out with a lower-body injury. Both players skated in today’s morning skate.
Ironmen: Andrew MacDonald takes the reigns as the Islanders ironman, as he is set to play his 162nd consecutive game. MacDonald takes the title, as Nielsen misses his first contest since the beginning of the 2011-12 season (190 consecutive games). Martin’s ironman streak ends at 121 games.
Nabby Starts: Evgeni Nabokov gets the start tonight for the Islanders. This is Nabokov’s first game against the Leafs this season.
Halmo’s Debut: Mike Halmo is set to make his NHL debut tonight. The Sound Tigers call-up will skate on a line with Eric Boulton and Casey Cizikas.
Halmo on Debut: I woke up this morning at 7 a.m., probably an hour before my alarm clock and couldn’t go back to bed. My heart was racing and I had butterflies in my stomach. But coming out here to skate and get the jitters out, I feel good.
Starring Role: Brock Nelson will center the top line and top power-play unit in the absence of John Tavares and Frans Nielsen.
Bailey at Center: Josh Bailey will center the second line with Michael Grabner and Cal Cluttebuck.
Happy Birthday Casey: Casey Cizikas turns 23-years-old today.
From the Coach: I’m looking to get work ethic, commitment, focus and desperation in their game. We’ve had some good meetings over the last few days. I talked to the guys about having a singular focus, meaning shift-by-shift, period-by-period. We can’t look ahead; we have to focus on the task at hand. Those guys are obviously getting a great opportunity… and will probably play more minutes than they would otherwise with the injuries that we have. I expect they’ll work hard and they’ll be excited, but I just want them to play poised and composed.
Phil the Thrill: Phil Kessel leads the Leafs in goals (31), assists (34) points (65) and was recently named the top forward at the Sochi Winter Olympics. The American winger was tied for the tournament lead in goals (five) and points (eight).
Supporting Scorers: James van Reimsdyk is second in team scoring with 47 points (23 goals, 24 assists) and Tyler Bozak has 32 points (12 goals, 20 assists) in 36 games this season.
Shots Against: The Leafs are allowing a league-high 36.2 shots per game. The Islanders have taken 62 shots in their two games against the Leafs this season.
Penalty Kill: The Leafs have allowed a league high 44 power-play goals, but boast the league’s second-best power play, converting at 22.2%.