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New York Islanders 2, Toronto Maple Leafs 6 FINAL

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

Associated Press

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New York Islanders 2, Toronto Maple Leafs 6 FINAL
New York Islanders 2, Toronto Maple Leafs 6

TORONTO (AP) _ Brian Leetch sounded far from thrilled to be a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs despite an impressive debut.

Leetch had three assists in the Maple Leafs' 6-2 victory over the New York Islanders on Thursday night.

Acquired on Wednesday from the New York Rangers, Leetch donned a different uniform for the first time in his 17-season NHL career.

The two-time Norris Trophy winner made an immediate impact, setting up two power-play goals by Bryan McCabe and one by Mats Sundin.

``Everything went well right off the bat,'' Leetch said. ``It made it a lot easier for me. It's been a whirlwind day.''

Leetch said he would have preferred to finish his career in New York. He didn't sound happy that he wasn't consulted before the trade.

``It's done with now,'' said Leetch, who learned of the deal when he got a call in a hotel room in Boston. ``It was a 212 number from New York City and I said, 'This is probably not good.'''

Leetch said he had a short conversation with Rangers general manager Glen Sather.

``It was just shocking. I didn't really have anything to say,'' Leetch said. ``Mark Messier is my roommate. We didn't have much to say to each other. We just kind of got out of there.''

Robert Reichel, Gary Roberts and Darcy Tucker also scored for the Maple Leafs, who have won three straight with No. 1 goalie Ed Belfour back in net.

Belfour, plagued recently by a sore back, was rarely tested as the Islanders managed just three shots in the first 33 minutes. Toronto outshot New York 24-18, including 9-2 in the first period.

Leetch assisted on Sundin's power-play goal at 7:02 of the first by threading a pass to Roberts, who passed to Sundin in front of the net.

McCabe's one-timer from the blue line after Leetch's pass made it 2-0 at 12:25.

``I expect him to have a four- or five-point night from here on in every night,'' Toronto coach Pat Quinn joked. ``He was very good.''

Reichel scored with 54 seconds left in the first after goaltender Rick DiPietro went down before the shot, and Roberts' tip-in gave Toronto a 4-0 lead midway through the third.

Leetch faked a shot before passing to McCabe, whose one-timer during a two-man advantage made it 5-0.

Trent Hunter and Mark Parrish scored power-play goals in the third for New York.

``When a team makes a big trade like that it's going to have a positive impact on their lineup, especially with a guy of the caliber of Brian Leetch,'' Islanders captain Michael Peca said.

Tucker got his 20th of the season at 16:30.

Excited that Leetch might improve Toronto's chances to win its first Stanley Cup since 1967, fans gave the star defenseman a huge ovation when he was introduced before the game.

Leetch played a huge role in helping the Rangers win the 1994 Stanley Cup, their first since 1940. He had 11 goals and 23 assists in 23 playoff games to earn the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP.

One fan held up a sign that read: ``Welcome to the playoffs Leetch.'' The Rangers haven't made the postseason in seven years.

scoring summary
1st Period
07:02
TOR
PPG - Mats Sundin (26) ASST: Gary Roberts (16), Brian Leetch (24)
1 - 0 TOR
12:25
TOR
PPG - Bryan McCabe (14) ASST: Brian Leetch (25), Alexander Mogilny (12)
2 - 0 TOR
19:02
TOR
Robert Reichel (9) ASST: Aki Berg (7), Karel Pilar (16)
3 - 0 TOR
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
10:21
TOR
Gary Roberts (23) ASST: Karel Pilar (17), Mats Sundin (39)
4 - 0 TOR
12:04
TOR
PPG - Bryan McCabe (15) ASST: Brian Leetch (26), Alexander Mogilny (13)
5 - 0 TOR
15:48
NYI
PPG - Trent Hunter (23) ASST: Oleg Kvasha (31), Clifford Ronning (5)
5 - 1 TOR
16:30
TOR
Darcy Tucker (20) ASST: Robert Reichel (18), Bryan McCabe (29)
6 - 1 TOR
19:29
NYI
PPG - Mark Parrish (15) ASST: Clifford Ronning (6), Mattias Weinhandl (5)
6 - 2 TOR
penalty summary
1st Period
06:06
NYI
Mark Parrish  Hooking against  Thomas Fitzgerald
11:25
NYI
Oleg Kvasha  Hooking - Obstruction against  Owen Nolan
2nd Period
10:24
TOR
Ken Klee  Tripping against  Dave Scatchard
10:55
NYI
Roman Hamrlik  Interference against  Nik Antropov
12:59
TOR
Owen Nolan  Fighting (maj) against  Eric Cairns
12:59
TOR
Owen Nolan  Roughing against  Eric Cairns
12:59
NYI
Eric Cairns  Fighting (maj) against  Owen Nolan
12:59
NYI
Eric Cairns  Roughing against  Owen Nolan
15:12
NYI
Dave Scatchard  Hi-sticking against  Darcy Tucker
17:15
TOR
Darcy Tucker  Hooking against  Michael Peca
17:15
NYI
Michael Peca  Diving against  Darcy Tucker
3rd Period
10:50
NYI
Eric Godard  Hi-sticking against  Bryan McCabe
10:50
NYI
Eric Godard  Hi-sticking against  Bryan McCabe
11:22
NYI
Adrian Aucoin  Tripping against  Owen Nolan
14:34
TOR
Thomas Fitzgerald  Interference against  Clifford Ronning
17:42
NYI
Eric Cairns  Roughing against  Nik Antropov
17:42
TOR
Nik Antropov  Interference against  Eric Cairns
17:42
TOR
Nik Antropov  Roughing against  Eric Cairns
goalie stats
Rick DiPietro
Rick DiPietro
SA: 24TOI: 59:46
Saves: 18EV: 14 - 17
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 7
SV%: .750SH: 0 - 0
Ed Belfour
SA: 18TOI: 59:58
Saves: 16EV: 13 - 13
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 4
SV%: .889SH: 1 - 1
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