Grabner Leads Maple Leafs to 3-1 Win Over Islanders | NBC New York

Grabner Leads Maple Leafs to 3-1 Win Over Islanders



    Islanders defenseman Johnny Boychuk can't stop an empty-net goal by Maple Leafs left wing James van Riemsdyk during the third period. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)

    Tyler Bozak and Michael Grabner scored 1:40 apart in the second period to lead the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 3-1 victory over the New York Islanders on Sunday night.

    Following a scoreless first period, Bozak scored 1:33 into the second period, his ninth of the season. The sequence began with Greiss stopping a shot from the slot by Roman Polak but the goaltender could not control the rebound, and was alone in the right circle.

    It didn't take long for Toronto to build upon its lead.

    Grabner, an ex-Islander, haunted his old team as he made it 2-0 with his fifth of the season and the 100th of his NHL career by poking a rebound of a shot by Morgan Reilly into the net at 3:13.

    Toronto acquired Grabner from New York during training camp. The Islanders received prospects Taylor Beck, Matt Finn, Christopher Gibson, Tom Nilsson and Carter Verhaeghe in the trade.

    Nikolay Kulemin scored New York's goal, his third of the season and first since Oct. 20, against Columbus. 

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