Islanders 3, Toronto 1...[FINAL]
Comeau was awarded a goal with 34.9 seconds left after being taken down on a breakaway with an empty net, as the Isles snapped their four-game losing streak.
Left wing Niklas Hagman scored the lone goal for the Maple Leafs in the third period.
Toronto goalie Jonas Gustavsson made 20 saves for the Toronto.
Islanders goalie Dwayne Roloson, who logged a career-high 58 saves in a win over Toronto on Nov. 23, had 26 tonight.
He has made 110 saves on 117 shots in three games against the Maple Leafs this season.
Islanders 2, Toronto 0...[End of the 2nd Period]
Trent Hunter put the Isles ahead 1-0, sending a wrist shot passed a defender on the left post 10:47 into the second period.
Less than two minutes later, the near-deafening horn blared again and Isles fans rose to their feet as Blake Comeau whipped the puck in between Toronto goalie Jonas Gustavsson and the net – right toward Taveres, who wristed it in.
Scary moment: Nate Thompson took a skate to the face, courtesy of Toronto defender and West Islip native, Mike Komisarek. The two became tangled after a collision near the boards and as Komisarek fell to the ice, his left leg went into the air and into Thompson’s face. The Isles center skated off the ice and walked toward the locker room.
Islanders 0, Toronto 0...[End of the 1st Period]
So far, so good for the Islanders, who have managed to keep the Toronto – the NHL-leader in shots on goal (34.9) – off the board.
The Islanders were aggressive to start, but couldn’t capitalize on their seven shots. The same can be said for the Maple Leafs who had five shots on goal.
Both teams are 0-for-1 on power plays.