Skip to main content
The Official Site of the Toronto Maple Leafs

Leafs steal point from Islanders

by Staff Writer / Toronto Maple Leafs
TORONTO (Ticker) -- Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Cory Cross makes his goals count.

Cross ended a 66-game scoring drought 2:11 into overtime, giving the surging Maple Leafs a 3-2 victory over the New York Islanders in a battle of Eastern Conference contenders that made no significant moves at the NHL trade deadline.

Former Islander Travis Green, who had a power-play goal in the first period, carried down the left side and cut to the net. Forced wide by goaltender Chris Osgood, he slid the puck in front to Cross, who charged in from the point and scored his first goal since November 8, 2000.

"I took the puck wide, got around the guy," Green said. "I kind of ran out of real estate there and probably should have passed it sooner or shot it. I just threw the puck at Crosser, and he put it home."

"I didn't see him pass it and I didn't see it go in," Osgood said. "I just turned around and it was already in."

Cross' last regular-season goal was the game-winner in a 5-0 blanking of Carolina. He also scored in overtime to win Game Three of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals against Ottawa.

"It's been a long time since I got a goal, so anytime I score, I'm pretty excited," Cross said.

Mats Sundin also scored for Toronto, which is unbeaten in its last six games (2-0-4) and nine in a row at home (5-0-4). The win vaulted the Maple Leafs over Ottawa into second place in the Northeast Division, one point behind Boston.

Toronto made no moves before the 3 p.m. EST trade deadline.

"We've got a good group of guys in here and we've played great through the season," Maple Leafs defenceman Bryan McCabe said. "We haven't had too many lapses. I think it's good to keep everyone in this room. We like each other, we get along. There's a great chemisty, and that goes a long way in the playoffs."

Moments before Cross' goal, Toronto goalie Corey Schwab stacked his pads to deny defenseman Adrian Aucoin from the doorstep.

"You come down and make a good play, the goalie makes a good stop and they come back and score," Islanders winger Shawn Bates said. "It was a great stop by Corey, hat's off to him. But we'll take the point. It was much-needed."

Alexei Yashin and defenseman Kenny Jonsson tallied for New York, which has lost three straight and six of its last seven games. The single point moved the Islanders two ahead of idle New Jersey for sixth place in the Eastern Conference.

New York general manager Mike Milbury completed just two minor deals before the deadline, obtaining defenseman Darren Van Impe from Florida and re-acquiring right wing Dave Roche from Anaheim.

"In years past, they changed the team and it hasn't worked in a positive way," Osgood said. "Everybody wants to improve their team somehow. We probably would have had to give up some of our good, young players. ... But overall, we've improved immensely from the year before. It's a process. We're not going to go from 30th to first or fourth in one season."

Sundin beat Osgood on a breakaway 13:58 into the first period to put Toronto in front, but Yashin put a short flip past Schwab just over three minutes later to tie it.

Green tipped McCabe's shot past Osgood in the final period as the Maple Leafs regained the lead.

But Jonsson, a former Leaf, blasted a shot from the top of the left circle under the crossbar nine minutes into the second period to forge a 2-2 deadlock.

>> Game Stats | Event Summary
View More