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Islanders 7, Maple Leafs 4

The SportsXchange

TORONTO -- Michael Grabner and Matt Moulson scored two goals each as the New York Islanders came back to defeat the Toronto Maple Leafs 7-4 Thursday before a crowd of 19,125 at Air Canada Centre.

Keith Aucoin, Mark Streit and Brad Boyes also scored for the Islanders, who tallied four goals in the third period. Carl Gunnarsson, Mikhail Grabovski, Nazem Kadri and Matt Frattin scored for the Maple Leafs, who led 3-1 after the first period.

The game was tied 3-3 entering the third period but the Islanders struck quickly. Grabner scored his second of the season on a wrist shot from just outside the right faceoff circle to give the Isles a lead at 3:23. Aucoin scored his first of the season at 4:35 from the right faceoff circle. James Reimer replaced Ben Scrivens in the Maple Leafs goal at that point.

Moulson notched his second goal of the game at 11:20 of the third, unassisted. Frattin scored his first of the season at 17:47 to cut the Islanders' lead to two goals. The Leafs came close to cutting the margin to one in the final two minutes, but a review confirmed an officials' decision that a puck had not entered the Islanders goal.

The Leafs went on the power play shortly thereafter, but Grabner scored into an empty net to ice the game.

After falling behind by two goals in the first period, the Islanders battled back to tie the game in the second period on goals less than 1 1/2 minutes apart while outshooting the Leafs 12-9 in the period.

Streit hit on a 29-foot wrist shot on a power play at 11:44, his first goal of the season with assists to Boyes and John Tavares to cut Toronto's lead to a goal. Boyes tied it at 13:10 with his first of the season, assisted by Frans Nielsen and Grabner.

Toronto outshot New York 16-9 in the first period to build a 3-1 lead.

The Maple Leafs scored at 2:12 of the first period on a slap shot from the left point by Gunnarsson, his first of the season. Fellow defenseman Cody Franson picked up an assist.

The Islanders tied it at 8:39 on the first goal of the season by Moulson, who knocked in the puck from close range assisted by Tavares.

The Leafs came back with a pair. Kadri picked up his third of the season on a slap shot at 9:44 after John-Michael Liles shot wide and the puck bounced back in front. Grabovski scored his second of the season on a wrist shot from the left side at 12:48.

The Leafs had a chance to increase the lead in the final minute when they had a power play but Islander goalkeeper Evegni Nabakov withstood the storm.

NOTES: Toronto forward Joffrey Lupul is expected to miss a minimum of six weeks after suffering a fractured forearm in the second period of Wednesday's 5-2 win over the Penguins at Pittsburgh. ... Forward Matt Frattin has been recalled from the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League to take Lupul's place. In 21 games with the Marlies, Frattin has nine goals and eight assists. ... Forward Matt Moulson played his 249th consecutive game for the Islanders. The only Islanders to have played more consecutive games in club history were Billy Harris (576), Bob Nystrom (301) and Denis Potvin (262). ... Defensemen Radek Martinek and Thomas Hickey and forward Eric Boulton were Islanders scratches. ... Defensemen Mike Komisarek and Mark Fraser and forward Mike Brown were scratched for the Leafs. ...The Islanders opened a five-game trip with Thursday's game in Toronto and visit Boston to play the Bruins on Friday. ... The Maple Leafs play their next game in New York against the Rangers on Saturday.
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