Uniondale, NY, United States (4E Sports) – Lubomir Visnovsky scored an unassisted goal in overtime to carry the New York Islanders to a 5-4 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs as NHL hockey returned to action after the Winter Olympic break Thursday at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
Visnovsky eluded the defense and netted his third goal of the season from 26 feet past Jonathan Bernier as the Islanders (23-30-8) snapped a two-game losing streak.
Michael Grabner and Anders Lee scored two goals apiece while Evgeni Nabokov stopped 18 shots for the Islanders.
Bernier recorded 30 saves, Phil Kessel scored his 32nd goal while Tyler Bozak had two assists of the season for the Maple Leafs, who dropped to 32-22-7 after losing two of their last four outings.
Kessel opened scoring at 6:53 of the first with assists from Tyler Bozak and James van Riemsdyk but Grabner scored two shorthanded goals to put the Islanders ahead, 2-1
In the third, Paul Rangers tied the count with his third goal of the season before the Maple Leafs regained the lead behind Dion Phaneuf’s sixth score of the year.
Lee tied the count with a power play goal at 12:52 of the third but Joffrey Lupul’s 18th goal of the season put the Maple Leafs infront.
Then, Lee capped his outstanding play with a goal at 17:20 to send the game into overtime.