David Clarkson nets first as Leaf in win over Islanders

Joffrey Lupul (left) and Trevor Smith (centre) celebrate David Clarkson's first goal as a Maple...

Joffrey Lupul (left) and Trevor Smith (centre) celebrate David Clarkson's first goal as a Maple Leaf against the Islanders in Toronto on Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013. (Dave Abel/QMI Agency)

ROB LONGLEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:09 PM ET

TORONTO - It’s not often that a guy gets a standing ovation for a goal that puts his team up 4-1 with less than 10 minutes remaining in a game.

But when you are David Clarkson, a local kid from Mimico whose lifelong dream was to wear the blue-and-white one day, well, finally getting that first delicious goal as a Maple Leaf was worthy of applause from an entire city, let alone the Air Canada Centre.

Having missed the first 10 games of the regular season due to suspension, Clarkson had been snakebit once back in the lineup, hitting posts, goalie pads, everything but the back of the net.

But at 12:52 of the third period of the Maple Leafs 5-2 victory over the New York Islanders — or, at 9:24 Eastern Time Tuesday evening for those of you keeping track at home — Clarkson’s snapshot from the left faceoff circle found its way into the top corner past Isles goalie Kevin Poulin for Toronto’s fourth goal of the evening.


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