Sloppy Maple Leafs fall to Islanders in overtime

Maple Leafs' James van Riemsdyk gets knocked down by the Islanders' Lubomir Visnovsky. While JVR...

Maple Leafs' James van Riemsdyk gets knocked down by the Islanders' Lubomir Visnovsky. While JVR had three assists, Visnovsky scored the game winner in OT. (Getty Images/AFP)

TERRY KOSHAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:22 PM ET

UNIONDALE, N.Y. - So the Maple Leafs picked up following the Olympic break where they left off.

This time, they did not win.

In typical Leafs fashion, there wasn’t an even line from the opening faceoff to the end of the game against the New York Islanders at Nassau Coliseum.

And when Lubomir Visnovsky scored at 1:55 of overtime, the Leafs had lost 5-4 in their first game of the rest of the season.

The puck bounced over the stick of the Leafs’ James van Riemsdyk, who had three assists, and right to Visnovsky. His shot from the slot beat goalie Jonathan Bernier to the glove side.

The Leafs, for the most part, were sloppy, and the final score was just.

After a second period in which neither team scored, the third period was, at best, a dog’s breakfast.

Anders Lee, who had scored earlier in the third period, tied the game with 2:40 remaining when he managed to jam the puck behind Bernier.


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