Maple Leafs 5, Islanders 3

The Toronto Maple Leafs are happy heading into the Christmas

break. The New York Islanders, not so much.

Clarke MacArthur scored a goal and added an assist, and James

Reimer stopped 30 shots to lead the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 5-3

victory over the New York Islanders on Friday night.

”I’m pretty pleased that we got five out of six points this

past week,” Reimer said. ”It’s nice to get some results.”

Nazem Kadri, Carl Gunnarsson, Joey Crabb and Joffrey Lupul also

had goals for the Maple Leafs, who head into the league’s two-day

holiday break with two straight wins.

”Christmas is miserable any time you lose,” Toronto coach Ron

Wilson said. ”We found a way to win.”

Kyle Okposo, Franz Neilsen and John Tavares scored, and Evgeni

Nabokov made 23 saves for the Islanders in their second straight

loss.

Toronto wasted little time getting on the board as MacArthur

headed to the right crease and knocked a loose puck past Nabokov

just 1:43 into the game.

Kadri scored near the end of a Toronto power play to double the

lead at 4:22.

The Maple Leafs pushed it to 3-0 with 8:45 to go in the first

when Gunnarsson beat Nabokov with a slap shot from the center point

for his first goal of the season.

”We came out strong,” Reimer said. ”They may have had some

holiday distractions, but I feel we were just more

determined.”

New York finally broke through with 4:15 to go as Okposo came in

on a break and beat Reimer to the glove side with a wrist shot.

Nielsen connected on a power-play rebound 40 seconds into the

second period to trim the deficit to 3-2.

Crabb put the Leafs back up by two with his sixth goal of the

season, which came on a 2-on-1 short-handed break.

The Islanders pulled back within one when Tavares buried a

rebound with 9:10 to go in the game.

Lupul closed the scoring on an empty-netter with 8.9 seconds

left.

”We were a little sluggish,” Tavares said. ”We battled back,

but we made too many mistakes and dug ourselves too deep a hole

early.”

Notes: The Maple Leafs opened a four-game road trip. After the

New Year, Toronto plays nine of ten at home. … Islanders F Matt

Martin threw a check about halfway through the game and went down.

He was taken to the dressing room.