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Roloson's career night leads Isles past Leafs in OT

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:51 AM

Brian Compton - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

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Roloson's career night leads Isles past Leafs in OT
New York Islanders 4, Toronto Maple Leafs 3
On Monday morning, all the talk surrounded around John Tavares as this year's No. 1 draft pick returned to Toronto to face his hometown Maple Leafs for the first time.

By the end of the night, it was all about Dwayne Roloson.

The 40-year-old goaltender made a career-high 58 saves and Josh Bailey scored in the final minute of overtime as the New York Islanders escaped the Air Canada Centre with a 4-3 victory.

Roloson, who signed a two-year deal with the Isles on July 1, was bombarded all night long by the Leafs, who fired 61 shots on goal, a League high this season, and fought back from a 3-0 deficit.

"I was seeing the puck well," Roloson said. "You've got to give the guys credit. They had a lot of shots, but for the most part they were to the outside. They gave me the opportunity to see things." 

Bailey's goal was the only shot on goal in the extra session for the Islanders, who were outshot 23-4 in the third period. Toronto's 61 shots tied a franchise record that was originally set on Feb. 25, 1976 against the Detroit Red Wings. Bailey was left all alone in front of the net, where he one-timed Sean Bergenheim's feed past Jonas Gustavsson for the game-winner.

"It's certainly not the way we had it drawn up," Islanders coach Scott Gordon said. "We couldn't win any faceoffs and we were stuck in our zone. We had defensemen playing two-minute shifts just because they couldn't get off the ice. We were pretty worn down by the middle of that third period. We found a way. It's a huge two points for us."

Phil Kessel, Wayne Primeau and Niklas Hagman scored for Toronto, which fell behind 3-0 in the second period on goals from Jeff Tambellini, Matt Moulson and Bergenheim. The Leafs started Vesa Toskala in goal, but he was forced to leave with a groin injury after Bergenheim gave the Isles a three-goal lead on a shorthanded tally at 14:17 of the second. Toronto has won only twice in 11 home games this season.

"I don't ever remember a game like that," said Kessel, who had 12 shots himself. "I don't even know what to say after something like that.

"It was unbelievable. You know again, we didn't win. We've got to bury one more puck. It's unfortunate. We're going to keep battling and keep working. We've got a good hockey club here -- we're better than our record shows."

Tavares -- who had just one shot on goal in 17:42 -- wasn't the only Islander who returned home on Monday. Moulson, who grew up with Tavares, scored his 11th goal of the season in front of family and friends at 12:23 of the second -- only 1:19 after Tambellini fired a wrist shot past Toskala to break a scoreless tie. Bergenheim made it 3-0 less than two minutes later on a wrister from the right circle.

"It was pretty amazing when I got that goal," Moulson said. "It was just a tip-in, but that's my type of goal. When it went in, I just looked around and thought, 'Wow, I just scored at the ACC."'

"I was seeing the puck well.  You've got to give the guys credit. They had a lot of shots, but for the most part they were to the outside. They gave me the opportunity to see things."
-- Dwayne Roloson

Kessel scored just 1:15 after Bergenheim put the Isles up by three, which gave Toronto some momentum heading into the third. Primeau scored at 2:10 of the third period from his knees before Hagman easily got around Freddy Meyer and tied the game at 9:18.

"I think we're moving in the right direction here," Leafs defenseman Ian White said.

New York returns home on Wednesday night against the Philadelphia Flyers for the first time since a 6-3 win against the Atlanta Thrashers on Nov. 7. Clearly, Roloson's performance made the flight back to Long Island much more enjoyable as his Isles picked up points in five of the seven road games.

"It's huge," Roloson said after helping his team finish the trip with a record of 3-2-2. "The seven-game road trip has been tough, but at the same time we got enough points to be over .500, and that's a good thing when you're on the road for that many games in a row."

"We're not going to kid ourselves … that game probably is not even close if not for his performance," Gordon said. 

Material from wire services and broadcast media was used in this report.


scoring summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
11:04
NYI
Jeff Tambellini (7) ASST: Mark Streit (9), Bruno Gervais (5)
1 - 0 NYI
12:23
NYI
Matt Moulson (11) ASST: Jack Hillen (6), Trent Hunter (5)
2 - 0 NYI
14:17
NYI
SHG - Sean Bergenheim (3) ASST: NONE
3 - 0 NYI
15:32
TOR
Phil Kessel (6) ASST: Matt Stajan (9), Tomas Kaberle (21)
3 - 1 NYI
3rd Period
02:10
TOR
Wayne Primeau (2) ASST: Ian White (9), Lee Stempniak (6)
3 - 2 NYI
09:18
TOR
Niklas Hagman (9) ASST: Matt Stajan (10), Tomas Kaberle (22)
3 - 3 Tie
OT Period
04:17
NYI
Josh Bailey (6) ASST: Sean Bergenheim (5), Bruno Gervais (6)
4 - 3 NYI
penalty summary
1st Period
00:39
NYI
Kyle Okposo  Hooking against  Phil Kessel
05:30
NYI
Kyle Okposo  Tripping against  Luke Schenn
11:36
NYI
Jack Hillen  Holding against  John Mitchell
2nd Period
00:09
TOR
Jamal Mayers  Interference against  Nate Thompson
08:40
TOR
Alexei Ponikarovsky  Delaying the game
12:43
NYI
Andy Sutton  Holding against  Colton Orr
3rd Period
04:10
NYI
Mark Streit  Holding the stick
17:04
NYI
Nate Thompson  Holding against  Mikhail Grabovski
OT Period
NONE
goalie stats
Dwayne Roloson
SA: 61TOI: 64:17
Saves: 58EV: 44 - 47
PIM: 0PP: 12 - 12
SV%: .951SH: 2 - 2
Vesa Toskala
SA: 15TOI: 35:44
Saves: 12EV: 9 - 11
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 2
SV%: .800SH: 1 - 2
Jonas Gustavsson
SA: 6TOI: 27:26
Saves: 5EV: 5 - 6
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 0
SV%: .833SH: 0 - 0