Isles hand Maple Leafs 8th straight home loss
TORONTO—Matt Moulson scored a power-play goal with just over six minutes remaining, and the New York Islanders beat Toronto 5-2 on Tuesday night, handing the Maple Leafs their eighth straight home loss.
PA Parenteau breakaway goal less than two minutes later stretched New York's lead and caused a cascade of boos from disgruntled Maple Leafs fans. Moulson made it 5-2 with an empty-net goal.
It was another poor performance for the Maple Leafs, who were beaten 8-0 at Boston on Monday in their worst loss of a disappointing season. Toronto has recorded only 27 total shots in the back-to-back losses, including 14 against New York.
Josh Bailey and David Ullstrom also scored for the Islanders (30-32-11). John Tavares had three assists, and Parenteau added two.
Phil Kessel and Matthew Lombardi had goals for Toronto (32-34-8), 4-15-2 since Feb. 7.
Toronto looked completely out of gas at the end of a punishing stretch in which the Maple Leafs played seven games in 11 nights. They managed just nine shots through 40 minutes -- Toronto had seven in the first two periods of the loss in Boston -- but still went to the third period with a chance to win.
However, New York dominated the final 20 minutes and took advantage of a delay of game penalty to Matt Frattin. Moulson planted himself at the top of the crease and scored his 31st of the season at 13:56.
Parenteau then raced out of his zone to get to a loose puck and squeezed a shot past goalie James Reimer to make it 4-2.
With both teams out of the Eastern Conference playoff race, there was little on the line. There were clusters of empty seats in the lower bowl, and the building was even quieter than usual.
Kessel opened the scoring at 10:27 of the first period with a wrist shot that went in and out so quickly, the goal had to be confirmed by video review. Kessel tied his career best with his 36th goal of the season.
The Islanders tied it less than five minutes later when Tavares made a nice move to feed Bailey on the rush. He lifted the puck over Reimer.
Lombardi put Toronto back ahead 2-1 early in the second period, taking the puck out from behind the net and beating Evgeni Nabokov with a backhander at 4:12. But Mike Komisarek's turnover resulted in Ullstrom finishing off a nice pass from Michael Grabner to make it 2-2 after 40 minutes.
NOTES: Toronto hasn't won at home since Feb. 6 against Edmonton. ... Cody Franson and Mike Brown were scratched for the Leafs. ... Veteran defensemen Jay Pandolfo and Milan Jurcina sat out for the Islanders. ... Tyler Bozak earned his 100th NHL point with an assist on Kessel's goal ... Lombardi played in his 500th NHL game. ... The announced attendance was 19,351.