Final OT

Series (Game 4 of 4)

Toronto leads 3-1

Game 1: Monday, December 19th
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Game 2: Friday, March 10th
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Game 3: Wednesday, April 5th
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Game 4: Thursday, April 13th
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Maple Leafs 4

(39-32-8, 86 pts)

Islanders 3

(35-38-6, 76 pts)

7:00 PM ET, April 13, 2006

Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, New York

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TOR 1 1 1 14
NYI 1 1 1 03

Top Skaters

Toronto: M. Stajan - 2 G, 2 SOG, +2

NY Islanders: M. Satan - 2 A, 2 SOG, +2

Stajan's OT winner keeps Toronto mathematically alive

UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) -- Matt Stajan scored his second goal of the game with 1:08 left in overtime to give the Toronto Maple Leafs an important 4-3 victory over the New York Islanders on Thursday night.

Stajan came around the net, fought off two checks and sent a backhand from the high slot between the pads of a screened Garth Snow.

Toronto also got goals from Darcy Tucker and Mats Sundin. Jean-Sebastien Aubin stopped 23 shots for the Leafs, who are three points behind Tampa Bay for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Both teams have three games remaining.

Robert Nilsson, Trent Hunter and Shawn Bates scored for the Islanders, while Snow made 27 saves. He is now winless in his last 12 appearances in net, 10 of them starts.

The loss was the first at home for New York against Toronto in the last four meetings.

Aubin (7-0-2) made two huge saves in the first minute of the game. He stopped Miroslav Satan with a diving stick save at the left post on a wraparound attempt at 32 seconds, and then 12 seconds later, he raised his left leg at the knee while on his belly to get a pad on Bates' try.

Tucker opened the scoring 2:04 into the game. Snow missed the puck as it went behind the net. Steen grabbed it and passed it out front, where Tucker poked it home.

The Islanders tied the game with 21.8 seconds left in the period. Jason Blake's breakaway attempt hit the left post, but slid under Aubin across to Nilsson, who spun around and whipped a wrist shot into the open right side.

Hunter put the Islanders up 2-1 at 12:27 of the second period. On a give-and-go off the left wall, Hunter faked a pass to Bates and wristed a tight shot under the crossbar.

The Maple Leafs thought they tied the game 2:04 later when Stajan buried the puck during a scramble, but the goal was waved off due to a referees whistle.

Sundin tied the game legally with a power-play goal with 2:13 left in the period. He was wide open in the left circle and snapped Nik Antropov's cross-ice pass high to the short side.

Stajan put the Maple Leafs up 3-2 early in the final period. On a rush, Stajan found himself streaking up the middle alone, and he took Jeff ONeill's pass and beat Snow with a snap shot. It was Stajan's 13th goal, and came at 4:35.

Bates tied the game at 10:54 on a backdoor tap-in off Miroslav Satan's third assist of the game.

Snow's biggest save came when he got his glove on Chad Kilger's point blank 20-foot slap shot with 3:15 left in regulation.

Game notes

Center Matt Koalska made his NHL debut with the Islanders. He became the ninth Islanders rookie to suit up for Thursday's game. ... With only two home games left, the Islanders have a 19-17-2 record at Nassau Coliseum. However, they've only had winning records at home in October (3-2-0) and March (6-2-0). ... Snow's last win came at Philadelphia, a 4-2 triumph on Nov. 26 ... Satan was voted the "Good Guy by the Long Island chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers Association for cooperation with the media. ...The announced crowd was 10,430.

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