The New York Islanders have dominated the Toronto Maple Leafs so far this season. All Toronto needed was one point in order to reach the postseason for the third consecutive season. A strong defensive effort by the Maple Leafs sparked them to a 2-1 victory over New York on the road.
Toronto will be heading to the postseason for the third consecutive season. Calle Rosen scored his first career NHL goal for the Toronto Maple Leafs with 2:17 into the second-period.
John Tavares scored 3:50 into the third-period for Toronto and it was raining boos inside Nassau Coliseum after the goal was scored.
Jordan Eberle scored a power-play goal for the Islanders with 5:05 remaining in regulation. New York had a couple of solid chances to tie the game late in the contest, but they couldn’t capitalize.
Frederik Andersen made 28 saves for Toronto. Robin Lehner made 36 saves for New York. The New York Islanders won the season series 2-1.
These two teams could face each other again this season and it wouldn’t be until the Eastern Conference Finals if that was the case.
New York wasn’t able to go up four points in the standings on the Pittsburgh Penguins. Toronto will be playing the Boston Bruins for the second consecutive season in the first-round of the postseason.
The Maple Leafs next game will be at home on Tuesday night against the Carolina Hurricanes. The New York Islanders next game will be on the road against the Florida Panthers on Thursday night.