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TORONTO - Center Frans Nielsen, defenseman Calvin de Haan and right winger Cal Clutterbuck scored third-period goals as the New York Islanders defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-3 on Tuesday.

Right wingers Kyle Okposo and Michael Grabner also scored for the Islanders (16-22-7), who have won two in a row and five of six. Center John Tavares added two assists for the Islanders.

Center Tyler Bozak and left wingers Mason Raymond and Joffrey Lupul scored for the Maple Leafs (21-18-5), who have lost two in a row after winning three straight.

Jonathan Bernier, starting his sixth straight game in goal for the Maple Leafs, made 20 saves.

Kevin Poulin made 23 saves in goal for the Islanders.

The Maple Leafs had a 4-0 advantage in power plays over the first two periods but scored on only one of them, and the teams entered the third tied at 2-2.

The Islanders took advantage of their first power play in the game to take a 3-2 lead at 3:41 of the third. Nielsen scored his 16th goal of the season when he knocked in the rebound after left winger Thomas Vanek's shot was blocked by defenseman Cody Franson. Lupul was off for goaltender interference at the time.

The Islanders took a 4-2 lead at 6:01 when de Haan scored his first goal of the season on a shot from outside the blue line.

Lupul cut the lead to one at 16:55 with his 13th goal of the season on a tip in. But Clutterbuck scored his sixth goal of the season into an empty net.

The teams were tied 1-1 after one period and 2-2 after two periods.

After killing off the game's first power play, the Islanders jumped to a 2-1 lead at 3:06 of the second period on Grabner's sixth goal of the season. He stuffed the puck into the right side of the net on a wraparound when Bernier abandoned the puck to the left side of the goal following a clearance from the Islanders' zone.

Raymond's 12th goal of the season tied the game at 8:20 of the second on a power play. Defenseman Travis Hamonic was off for hooking when Raymond snapped in the rebound from defenseman Jake Gardiner's shot from the right point.

The Maple Leafs took the lead in the first period when Bozak tipped in defenseman Paul Ranger's slap shot from the left point at 5:05 for his sixth goal of the season.

The Islanders tied the game at 19:16 of the first on Okposo's 17th goal of the season, a wrist shot of about 50 feet from above the right faceoff circle.

NOTES: Maple Leafs RW David Clarkson (bruised left foot) and D Carl Gunnarsson (elbow) did not play. They were injured in Toronto's 7-1 loss to the New York Rangers on Saturday. ... D Tim Gleason, obtained last week in a trade with the Carolina Hurricanes, made his Maple Leafs debut Tuesday. ... Islanders G Evgeni Nabokov (groin) left Monday's win over the Dallas Stars, and he was placed on injured reserve after the game. G Anders Nilsson was recalled from AHL Bridgeport. ... RW Kyle Okposo returned to play for the Islanders on Tuesday after missing Monday's game to be at the birth of his daughter. ... The Maple Leafs won the first game of the season between the teams 5-2 on Nov. 19 at Air Canada Centre.
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