TORONTO - Despite John Tavares' two power-play goals that tied the game in the third period, the Islanders headed back home last night without a point as they fell, 3-2, to the Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre.
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"I didn't see the guy coming and it ended up with a turnover," Streit said of Mikhail Grabovski's forechecking pressure. "We played really well to come back in the third period, but we just have to find a way to get some consistency to our game. It's been like a roller-coaster and that's been a major issue."
Sixteen days removed from his miraculous 58-save performance against Toronto, Roloson played well, making 32 saves.
The Islanders took two penalties in the first and gave up two goals, one on a power play and one just a second after another expired. The Maple Leafs got their first opportunity with the man advantage at 5:36 after Matt Moulson was called for holding.
Defenseman Francois Beauchemin made the Islanders pay with his one-timer through traffic that gave the Leafs a 1-0 lead at 6:03.
Making the last stop along this brutal stretch of 14 of 17 games on the road, the Islanders looked disorganized in the second period and took two straight icing calls within 30 seconds. However, a good penalty kill - resulting from Roloson's roughing penalty at 12:40 - seemed to give the Islanders a lift that carried over into the third.
Kyle Okposo continued to contribute despite his 11-game goal drought. With 1:39 of 5-on-3 time at the beginning of the third, Okposo faked a shot and put the puck right on Tavares' stick for an effortless goal at 1:32.
The Islanders received another power-play opportunity at 11:48 after Jamal Mayers was whistled for boarding and once more Okposo found Tavares, who scored his second goal at 11:54 to tie it. Tavares has scored a pair of goals in each of the last two games.
"He's found a home to the side of the goal," coach Scott Gordon said. "And fortunately, he's been able to find the back of the net."
"People say [Okposo] is not scoring, but he makes so much else happen," Tavares said. "He finds other ways to contribute."
Now the Islanders finally get to come home to their own arena and their own beds.
"It's just been such a constant," Gordon said of the arduous road stretch. "I think we're all kind of worn out. It'll be nice to get back at least some consistency to our normal lives for a few weeks, which we haven't had recently."