Leafs lose, 6-5 in over­time

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS - VIN A. CHER­WOO

Is­lan­ders bring more am­mu­ni­tion in of­fen­sive bat­tle.

NEW YORK — Brock Nel­son’s sec­ond goal of the game at 2:42 of over­time lifted the New York Is­lan­ders to a 6-5 vic­tory over the Toronto Maple Leafs in Na­tional Hockey League ac­tion Mon­day night.

Trail­ing 5-4 late in the third pe­riod, the Is­lan­ders pulled goalie Thomas Greiss and tied it on An­drew Ladd’s de­flec­tion with 1:29 left.

Josh Bai­ley had a goal and two as­sists, Ryan Strome a goal and an as­sist and Niko­lay Kulemin also scored for the Isles. New York stopped a two-game skid and im­proved to 60-2 in its past eight at home.

On the win­ning goal, Nel­son got a pass from Bai­ley and beat Toronto goalie Fred­erik An­der­sen on the blocker side. That gave the Is­lan­ders their first win this sea­son in a game they trailed after two pe­ri­ods (1-12-2).

Aus­ton Matthews, Mitchell Marner, Nikita Sosh­nikov, Zach Hyman and Wil­liam Ny­lan­der scored for Toronto, which fin­ished 2-4-0 on a sea­son-high six-game road trip. Mor­gan Rielly had three as­sists and Nikita Zait­sev added two. Ny­lan­der, who had his first ca­reer hat trick in a win at Bos­ton on Satur­day night, had given Toronto a 5-4 lead with 2:01 left in reg­u­la­tion when took a pass from Rielly and beat Greiss on the blocker side. Ladd tied it with his 12th goal. Bai­ley made it 4-all with 6½ min­utes re­main­ing on re­bound for his 11th. It marked the third straight game the Is­lan­ders evened it after trail­ing 4-3 go­ing into the third pe­riod. They lost 5-4 at Detroit on Fri­day night, and then by the same score in over­time at home to Carolina on Satur­day.

Marner put the Maple Leafs ahead 3-2 in the sec­ond pe­riod off a cen­tring pass through traf­fic from Tyler Bozak for his 14th goal at 5:12.

With Rielly off for hold­ing on the game’s first penalty, Hyman scored short-handed as he brought the puck up the left side and fired it past Greiss’s blocker at 9:34 for his eighth. It was Hyman’s third short­handed score of the sea­son, and the Maple Leafs’ fifth.

Strome scored 1:23 into the game, tak­ing the puck up the left side and knock­ing in the re­bound of his own shot for his eighth of the sea­son.

Toronto took the lead with goals 1:24 apart later in the first. Sosh­nikov tied it with his fourth on a slap shot from about 45 feet with 6:33 left.

KATHY WILLENS, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Is­lan­ders cen­tre Brock Nel­son cel­e­brates his game-win­ning goal in over­time against the Toronto Maple Leafs in New York on Mon­day night. It was Nel­son’s sec­ond goal of the con­test to go along with one as­sist.

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