In the New York Islanders' first game of a fourth quarter without John Tavares, Michael Grabner (shorthanded) and Anders Lee each scored two goals, while Lubomir Visnovsky scored in overtime to finish a typically chaotic night between the Isles and Toronto Maple Leafs. Visnovsky's goal came after an odd, bouncing clear from James van Reimsdyk landed right on Visnovsky's stick. If JVR gets that out clean, it's possibly a rush the other way. Instead, the rolling puck popped up on him, and the Isles' overtime victory came after both a third-period blown lead and a third-period comeback. The first period was all kinds of fun: Eric Boulton had two, arguably three clear scoring chances, and his linemate Mike Halmo was in full "This is my first NHL game and I only have to hit people so this is awesome!" mode, his aggression also leading to good pressure. Initially it appeared that MIchael Grabner is indeed cursed only on non-Olympic soil this year, as he had a sure breakaway that never was thanks to an overeager outlet by Brian Strait, then hit the post on a nice redirect of a Cal Clutterbuck feed. But then the curse lifted, at least briefly, all in a 48-second span of the same penalty kill. First Jake Gardiner played with it too long, coughing it up to pressure from Grabner and Casey Cizikas, who slipped it back to Grabner for a nice stick-side goal.
Visnovsky gives Islanders OT win over Leafs
Lighthouse Hockey | Feb 28