Islanders Jump On Leafs
October 20, 2003
UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) - Mariusz Czerkawski scored twice to help the Islanders beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-2 on Monday night.
Jason Blake, Michael Peca and Oleg Kvasha also scored for New York, which has a four-game unbeaten streak (3-0-1-0). Garth Snow was in net for the Islanders for the first time since allowing six goals in less than two periods on opening night, and stopped 24 shots for his first win.
Gary Roberts and Matt Stajan scored for Toronto, which lost its first road game. The Maple Leafs have scored only seven goals in their first six games. Ed Belfour started and stopped only five shots before Mikael Tellqvist came in and stopped five more.
The last time the Islanders won their first two regular season home games was when they beat the Rangers and Philadelphia in 1992.
The Islanders took a 1-0 lead on Czerkawski's fourth goal of the season at 5:06 on a power play when Belfour couldn't contain Czerkawski's wrist shot from the low right circle in his glove.
Blake's first goal of the season came at 15:25 to give the Islanders a 2-0 lead. Belfour lost the puck, which was in his skates, and Blake's second poke drove it home.
The Maple Leafs got on the board 40 seconds later when Roberts' wraparound sneaked between Snow's pads.
The Islanders chased Belfour with a pair of early second period goals.
Czerkawski's hard blast from the left circle hit Belfour and trickled in at 1:42, and then Kvasha sent a one-timer into the net on a power play at 2:57, ending Belfour's night.
Tellqvist came in and allowed Peca's goal, a breakaway wrist shot, but otherwise shut the Islanders down. Snow was caught out of the net when Stajan gained the puck and scored at 12:44 of the final period.
Notes: Islanders forward Dave Scatchard, who separated his right shoulder in Saturday's win over Florida, is expected to miss four to six weeks of action. ... Toronto forward Mikael Renberg pulled a muscle in his upper body during the second period and missed the rest of the game. ... New York goalie Rick DiPietro became the first recipient of the league's newest award, the NHL Defensive Player of the Week. DiPietro had a 2-0-1 record and 0.83 goals-against average in three starts between Oct. 8-19, including a shutout streak of 115:59.