The Cardiac Kids; Islanders defeat Maple Leafs in overtimeNovember 23, 2009
Josh Bailey’s goal at the 4:17 mark of overtime, coupled with an outstanding performance from Dwayne Roloson, helped the New York Islanders take a 4-3 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs Monday night. Despite getting severely outplayed, the Isles were able to escape with two points, and concluded the road trip with 8 points in 7 games.
In overtime, a turnover along the right boards saw Bruno Gervias throw the puck on net and Jonas Gustavsson make the save. However, the rebound kicked out front to Sean Bergenheim, who slid it over to the inside right circle where Bailey one-timed it in. The win was made possible by tonight’s top star goalie Dwayne Roloson’s as he faced 61 shots and stopped 58 of them to help New York to a 3-2-2 record on a season- high seven-game road trip. Bergenheim finished with a goal and an assist in the win.
Niklas Hagman, Wayne Primeau and Phil Kessel each had a goal for the Maple Leafs, who have dropped six of their last seven games. Vesa Toskala started in net but left in the second period after giving up three goals on 15 shots. Gustavsson made five stops in the loss. The 61 shots that Toronto threw on net tied a franchise record, while it was the most shots the Islanders ever gave up in a game.
Roloson was the star of the first period, as he helped the Islanders kill three Toronto power plays and finished the frame with 20 stops to keep Toronto off the board. Toskala made nine stops in the frame to blank New York.After the scoreless first period, the Islanders scored three goals in less than four minutes to open a 3-0 lead. Toronto made it 3-1 late in the 2nd, and then scored two more in the third to send it into overtime. The Maple Leads dominated the third period, and the Islanders were lucky to even gain a point in this game. A recurring theme for the Isles lately has been the failure to get the puck out of their own zone. This led to few scoring chances, tired defensemen, and silly penalties. Nonetheless, Dwayne Roloson was the man tonight, and the Islanders needed every one of those 58 saves.
It was a relatively quiet night for John Tavares, who admitted to feeling some nerves before a game that was attended by roughly 100 friends and family.
The Islanders return home for a brief two game home-stand, and will face the Flyers Wednesday night.