|Date of game: 10/21/2014
Recap: NY Islanders vs. Toronto
Uniondale, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Phil Kessel scored twice during a four- goal outburst in the second period that propelled the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 5-2 win over the New York Islanders on Tuesday night.
James van Riemsdyk, Roman Polak and David Clarkson also scored and Kessel had an assist for the Maple Leafs, who were coming off back-to-back losses to Detroit in a home-and-home set last week.
Jonathan Bernier had 34 saves, including 24 over the last two periods after giving up two goals in the first.
"Bernie played well in net for us and we were able to get some goals for him," said Kessel.
John Tavares and Nick Leddy scored for the Islanders, who have lost two in a row since tying a franchise record by starting the season 4-0. It was their first loss in three home games this season.
"We'll point out some things we need to work on, but there were some good things tonight," said Islanders coach Jack Capuano.
Jaroslav Halak gave up five goals in 23 shots and was replaced in the third period by Chad Johnson, who made five saves.
Kessel's first goal, on a snap shot from the right circle, tied the score 9:04 into the second period. Polak gave the Maple Leafs the lead just 2:07 later and Clarkson followed at 16:21 with a solo effort on the left side, where he controlled the puck near the boards and moved in toward the slot for his shot.
It took only 92 more seconds for Kessel to make it 5-2 with his fourth goal of the season, which he scored on a pass from van Riemsdyk over the defense and into the right circle.
Leddy's left-circle wrist shot gave the Islanders a 1-0 lead 2:48 into the game, but the puck took a weird bounce on defenseman Thomas Hickey in the right corner and kicked to van Riemsdyk, who tied the score at 8:44 for the Maple Leafs.
The Islanders re-took the lead with 4:58 remaining in the period on Tavares' power-play goal, which snapped Toronto's streak of 16 consecutive successful penalty kills.Game Notes
Hickey left the game early in the third period after he was cut on the right
side of his face by the skate of Toronto forward Mike Santorelli. Hickey fell
near the boards as both players chased a puck and Santorelli's skate came up
to hit him in the face ... It was the first time this season the Maple Leafs
played a team that didn't make the playoffs last season ... Barring a
postseason meeting, Toronto will play for the last time at Nassau Coliseum on
Feb. 12. The Islanders are leaving their longtime home to begin playing at
Barclays Center in Brooklyn next season ... The Maple Leafs finish a three-
game road trip on Wednesday in Ottawa ... The Islanders play in Boston on