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Leafs drop Islanders, Lose Nolan

by Staff Writer / Toronto Maple Leafs
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UNIONDALE, New York (Ticker) -- The New York Islanders' inability to win at home brought a collective sigh of relief from their crosstown rivals.

Alexander Mogilny scored two goals and Mats Sundin added a goal and two assists as the Toronto Maple Leafs posted a 5-2 victory over the Islanders.

With a six-point lead over the New York Rangers for the final playoff berth in the Eastern Conference, the Islanders could have all but ended their bitter rivals' postseason hopes.

But goaltender Garth Snow surrendered two first-period goals on just six shots, putting his team in an early hole, and allowed a backbreaking tally by former Islander Robert Reichel midway through the third to give New York its fourth consecutive loss at Nassau Coliseum.

Tomas Kaberle had a power-play goal and fellow defenseman Robert Svehla added two assists for the Maple Leafs, who pulled within five points of fourth-place Philadelphia for home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs.

Tough guy Steve Webb also tallied for the Islanders, who remained three points behind seventh-place Boston. Leafs' forward Owen Nolan left in the second period with an upper body ailment.
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