The Maple Leafs were looking for a bounce-back game. Instead, they got bad bounces.

Or bad gaffes. Whatever you want to call them.

Toronto fell to the New York Islanders 5-3 on Tuesday night at the Air Canada Centre, but it wasn’t necessarily for lack of effort.

It was certainly much better than the one put forth on Saturday night in a 7-1 drubbing at the hands of the New York Rangers. But in the end, it really didn’t matter. The result was the same. A second straight loss for the Leafs.

This certainly was an odd one, with two of the Islanders goals coming off bad bounces — as the Leafs were calling them.

The baddest bounce of all came at 3:06 of the second period to put the Islanders up 2-1.

But it was more bad gaffe than bad bounce that gave New York the edge.

Leafs goaltender Jonathan Bernier mishandled the puck beside his own net after the Islanders had cleared it out of their zone not long after Calvin de Haan’s penalty for tripping Jerry D’Amigo just 53 seconds into the period had wrapped up.

Then the Leafs goalie deemed he couldn’t touch the puck because it was outside the trapezoid area where he is allowed to handle it and he left it there.

With the puck just sitting there, Islanders winger Michael Grabner swiped it up, circled behind the Leafs net and then beat Bernier on the wraparound.