Leafs Hit Break On A High

The Canadian Press | Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

UNIONDALE, N.Y. - James Reimer made sure the Toronto Maple Leafs went into the holiday break on a winning note.

Reimer stopped 30 shots while Clarke MacArthur scored a goal and added an assist to lead the Maple Leafs to a 5-3 victory over the New York Islanders on Friday night.

``I'm pretty pleased that we got five out of six points this past week,'' Reimer said. ``It's nice to get some results.''

Nazem Kadri, Carl Gunnarsson, Joey Crabb and Joffrey Lupul also had goals for the Maple Leafs, who head into the league's two-day holiday break with two straight wins.

``Christmas is miserable any time you lose,'' Toronto coach Ron Wilson said. ``We found a way to win.''

Kyle Okposo, Franz Neilsen and John Tavares scored, and Evgeni Nabokov made 23 saves for the Islanders in their second straight loss.

Toronto wasted little time getting on the board as MacArthur headed to the right crease and knocked a loose puck past Nabokov just 1:43 into the game.

Kadri scored near the end of a Toronto power play to double the lead at 4:22.

The Maple Leafs pushed it to 3-0 with 8:45 to go in the first when Gunnarsson beat Nabokov with a slapshot from the centre point for his first goal of the season.

``We came out strong,'' Reimer said. ``They may have had some holiday distractions, but I feel we were just more determined.''

New York finally broke through with 4:15 to go as Okposo came in on a break and beat Reimer to the glove side with a wrist shot. Nielsen connected on a power-play rebound 40 seconds into the second period to trim the deficit to 3-2.

Crabb put the Leafs back up by two with his sixth goal of the season, which came on a 2-on-1 short-handed break.

The Islanders pulled back within one when Tavares buried a rebound with 9:10 to go in the game.

Lupul closed the scoring on an empty-netter with 8.9 seconds left.

``We were a little sluggish,'' Tavares said. ``We battled back, but we made too many mistakes and dug ourselves too deep a hole early.''

Notes: The Maple Leafs opened a four-game road trip. After the New Year, Toronto plays nine of ten at home. ... Islanders F Matt Martin threw a check about halfway through the game and went down. He was taken to the dressing room.

Tuesday, December 27
  @ Florida Panthers
  7 PM ET (Sportsnet, AM640)

The Maple Leafs begin a three-game road trip against the surprising Florida Panthers who sit in third place in the Eastern Conference at the Christmas Break.

The Panthers were crushed 8-0 by the Boston Bruins Friday. They are 0-2-1 in their last three games.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
01:43TOR Clarke MacArthur (10) ASST: Tim Connolly (10), Dion Phaneuf (17) 1 - 0 TOR
04:22TOR PPG - Nazem Kadri (2) ASST: Mikhail Grabovski (8), Jake Gardiner (9) 2 - 0 TOR
11:15TOR Carl Gunnarsson (1) ASST: Tim Connolly (11), Clarke MacArthur (6) 3 - 0 TOR
15:45NYI Kyle Okposo (6) ASST: Mike Mottau (2), Josh Bailey (7) 3 - 1 TOR
2nd Period
00:40NYI PPG - Frans Nielsen (5) ASST: Matt Moulson (12), PA Parenteau (21) 3 - 2 TOR
08:59TOR SHG - Joey Crabb (6) ASST: Tyler Bozak (17) 4 - 2 TOR
3rd Period
10:30NYI John Tavares (11) ASST: PA Parenteau (22), Travis Hamonic (7) 4 - 3 TOR
19:51TOR EN - Joffrey Lupul (16) ASST: Phil Kessel (21) 5 - 3 TOR
Three Stars of the Game
Clarke MacArthur
Clarke MacArthur
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 1Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 15:55
John Tavares
John Tavares
G: 1Shots: 5
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 1PIM: 2
+/-: -2TOI: 21:52
Tim Connolly
Tim Connolly
G: 0Shots: 1
A: 2Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 2
+/-: 2TOI: 18:29
Penalty Summary
1st Period
02:37NYI Marty Reasoner  Tripping against  Darryl Boyce
13:22NYI Micheal Haley  Roughing against  Keith Aulie
13:22TOR Keith Aulie  Roughing against  Micheal Haley
19:29TOR Keith Aulie  Interference against  Kyle Okposo
2nd Period
07:56TOR Cody Franson  Hi-sticking against  Michael Grabner
3rd Period
16:59TOR Joffrey Lupul  Cross checking against  John Tavares
16:59NYI John Tavares  Diving against  Joffrey Lupul
17:40NYI Travis Hamonic  Cross checking against  Tim Connolly
17:40TOR Tim Connolly  Cross checking against  Travis Hamonic
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays1/11/2
Faceoff Wins2522
Blocked Shots1315
Penalty Minutes108
2L. SchennD0010021:23
3D. PhaneufD0111022:34
4C. FransonD00-11213:54
12T. ConnollyC0221218:29
16C. MacArthurL1122015:55
19J. LupulL1013216:20
20D. SteckelC00-2009:40
36C. GunnarssonD1033023:15
39M. FrattinR0002012:54
41N. KuleminL0002016:22
42T. BozakC0122017:34
43N. KadriC1022015:04
46J. CrabbR10-1109:50
47D. BoyceC00-2008:34
51J. GardinerD0101018:41
59K. AulieD0001419:05
81P. KesselR0112017:06
84M. GrabovskiC0103016:09
34J. Reimer3033.90960:00
2M. StreitD00-32024:04
3T. HamonicD0101220:53
4M. EatonD0010014:51
10M. MottauD0110014:52
12J. BaileyR0101012:19
15P. ParenteauR02-24020:19
16M. ReasonerC000129:45
17M. MartinL00-21011:28
18M. HaleyC000129:41
21K. OkposoR1015019:21
25N. NiederreiterR0003011:19
26M. MoulsonL01-14018:20
27M. JurcinaD00-21020:57
36T. WallaceR00-1009:39
40M. GrabnerR0002014:52
47A. MacDonaldD0000022:09
51F. NielsenC10-12018:29
91J. TavaresC10-25221:52
20E. Nabokov2226.84659:05