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.