Maple Leafs fall to New York Islanders

Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Dion Phaneuf battles for the puck with New York Islanders right wing...

Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Dion Phaneuf battles for the puck with New York Islanders right wing Michael Grabner at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Jan. 7, 2013. (TOM SZCZERBOWSKI/USA Today)

Dave Hilson, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:55 PM ET

TORONTO - The effort was there but the result wasn’t.

After being humiliated by the New York Rangers on Saturday night, the Maple Leafs came out with a bit more jump against another Big Apple team on Tuesday night.

But in the end, it didn’t matter. A couple of costly gaffes and lack of production on the power play did in the blue and white as they fell to the New York Islanders 5-3 at the Air Canada Centre for their second straight loss.

On the Leafs first gaffe, Islanders defenceman Calvin de Haan made it 4-2 after his long shot from just outside the Leafs blue line eluded goaltender Jonathan Bernier after it was tipped by captain Dion Phaneuf. It was de Haan’s first goal of the season.

The earlier gaffe came in the second when Bernier mishandled a puck on his own end line to put the Islanders up 2-1.

 


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