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Leafs lose on Long Island

by Staff Writer / Toronto Maple Leafs
UNIONDALE, New York (Ticker) -- This time, Chris Osgood made sure he was around to the end.

Osgood rebounded from a pair of poor games to stop 26 shots and Michael Peca had three assists as the New York Islanders posted 4-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Pulled in each of his last two starts after allowing seven goals on 37 shots, Osgood looked more like the solid goaltender he has been for most of the season. Osgood surrendered only Tomas Kaberle's goal in the second period and was at his best in the third period, when he stopped all 13 shots he faced to help the Islanders preserve a 2-1 lead.

"To be honest, I felt pretty good the last two games," Osgood said. "I don't real concern myself with what happened in the past. I thought against St. Louis (Tuesday) I played well. I just didn't do the right things on two goals. I just corrected it and came out and played tonight. I had a little luck."

Kenny Jonsson and Shawn Bates scored in the first two periods and Adrian Aucoin and Mark Parrish tallied in the third for the Islanders, who improved to 3-0-1 in their last four games.

Tomas Kaberle scored the Leafs lone marker.
Graig Abel Photography
"They are a talented team," Peca said. "They are going to get their chances. The key is to limit them. When they did get through, Chris made some really big saves."

Curtis Joseph made 23 saves for Toronto, which had a three-game winning streak stopped.

With Jonas Hoglund serving a double minor for high sticking, the Islanders broke on top at with 8:29 left in the first period. Joseph stopped Parrish's shot but the rebound bounced to Jonsson at the bottom of the left circle, where he beat the Leafs netminder with a shot just inside the right post.

Leafs coach Pat Quinn felt Hoglund should not have received a double minor on the penalty.

"What made the difference was the double minor and the guy (Parrish) wasn't even cut," Quinn said. "We couldn't kill it off. We killed 2 1/2 or three minutes of it, but we couldn't kill the last minute. That changed a lot of things out there."

The Islanders found the back of the net with 12:09 left in the period while shorthanded. Peca left a drop pass for Bates at the edge of the right circle and he beat Joseph between the pads for his 14th goal and a 2-0 lead. It was Bates' fourth shorthanded goal and the Islanders' league-leading 15th this season.

One of the few things that went wrong for the Islanders occured with less than seven minutes left in the period when defenseman Roman Hamrlik took a shot off the right knee. He left the contest and X-rays were negative.

Toronto finally got on the board with 4:04 left in the middle period after Kaberle got behind the Islanders defense and slid the puck past Osgood for his sixth goal.

The red-hot Aucoin gave the Islanders a 3-1 lead 7 1/2 minutes into the third. Peca had his shot from the right circle kicked out by Joseph, but the rebound caromed to Aucoin at the edge of the circle, where he fired the puck home for his ninth goal. In his last eight games, Aucoin has tallied eight goals and three assists. Parrish provided the final margin with an empty-net goal with two seconds remaining.

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