Tuesday, December 20, 2005


With the 9-6 victory, the eighth-place Leafs hold a three-point lead over the Islanders, who have played one less game than Toronto. The Leafs scored nine goals on 34 shots to hold off the Islanders 9-6 in a mistake-filled exciting game of hockey between the two teams that are battling for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Rick DiPietro and Garth Snow of the New York Islanders let their opponents off the hook with some of the worst goaltending witnessed in the National Hockey League this season giving the Leafs a huge relief who were bounced 8-2 by the Ottawa Senators on Saturday when the Sens scored six power-play goals, but for goalie Ed Belfour. Belfour's is now second to only Patrick Roy, who finished his Hall of Fame career with 551 wins. Belfour was hardly at his best in making 27 saves. Three of the Islanders goals came on the power play, two with a 5-on-3 advantage. The Leafs in the eventual 20 minutes scored six unanswered goals to take an 8-4 lead. After giving the Senators 11 power-play chances on Saturday, the Leafs pledged to stay out of the penalty box. They improved because they gave the Islanders only 10 man-advantage opportunities. Leafs rookie Kyle Wellwood enjoyed his first three-point game with a goal and two assists. Eric Godard of Vernon, B.C., and Rob Collins of Kitchener, Ont., scored their first career NHL goals, while Alexei Yashin, Mark Parrish, Mike York and Arron Asham also scored for the Islanders.


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