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Stapleton lifts Maple Leafs over Islanders

UNIONDALE, New York (Ticker) -- Tim Stapleton netted the

decisive goal in the third round of a shootout Thursday, lifting

the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 5-4 victory over the New York

Islanders.

Jason Blake also tallied in the bonus format and Vesa Toskala

stopped 40 shots before denying one shot in the shootout for

Toronto, which won its third straight contest.

Defenseman Ian White scored a goal and set up another while

Dominic Moore, blue-liner Pavel Kubina and Nik Antropov netted

goals in regulation.

All-Star defenseman Mark Streit and Jon Sim each recorded a goal

and an assist and Sean Bergenheim and newly acquired Dean

McAmmond also tallied for the Islanders, who began a six-game

homestand.

In the first round of the bonus format, Frans Nielsen's attempt

hit the crossbar and New York's Joey MacDonald stmyied Nikolai

Kulemin.

Jeff Tambellini then fired a hard wrist shot past Toskala's

glove to give the Islanders an early edge but Blake followed

with a dazzling sequence, during which he spun in the crease and

faked out MacDonald with a backhander to pull the Maple Leafs

even.

Toskala poked away the puck before rookie Kyle Okposo even got

off a shot in the third set and Stapleton then secured the win

with a snap shot.

White opened the scoring 87 seconds into the first period and

Moore scored shorthanded 57 seconds into the second to give

Toronto an early lead. However, McAmmond - traded by the Ottawa

Senators for Mike Comrie and Chris Campoli six days ago - halved

the deficit with 5 1/2 minutes left in the second.

Bergenheim forged a 2-2 tie at 3:30 of the third by wristing the

puck past Toskala from the low slot. MacDonald was not able to

fend off the Maple Leafs as Kubina and Antropov tallied in a

90-second span shortly thereafter.

Streit kept New York's comeback hopes alive with 8:31 remaining

in the third, converting a wrist shot for his 12th goal of the

season. Sim capped the rally by taking a pass from Streit and

unleashing a snap shot from the left faceoff circle with 3:07

left.

The Islanders, which had previously failed to scored three or

more goals in a game since January 29, have reached that feat

twice in row.

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