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Comeau's OT goal gives Islanders win over Leafs

Blake Comeau's tip-in with 57.3 seconds left in overtime led the New York Islanders to a 4-3 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday night.

Michael Grabner scored his 27th goal at 8:40 of the third period to give New York a 3-2 lead. But the advantage lasted for just over a minute as Nikolai Kulemin's crease-crashing score tied it with 10:12 left in regulation.

Zenon Konopka and Frans Nielsen also scored for the Islanders, who have won 11 of 19 since the All-Star break. Al Montoya made 24 saves.

Keith Aulie and Tim Brent had the other goals for the Maple Leafs.

Matt Martin missed a penalty shot in the second period for New York.

Konopka opened the scoring 2:15 into the second period as he tipped Milan Jurcina's point shot past James Reimer, while being taken to the ice by Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf.

It took only 34 seconds for the Leafs to respond as Aulie one-timed Brent's feed past Montoya to tie it at 1.

Nielsen's ninth goal of the season gave the Islanders a 2-1 lead with 8:43 left in the period. Nielsen shoveled Kyle Okposo's rebound under Reimer, but Brent ended the period by jamming a loose puck in for a score.

Neither Reimer nor Montoya were considered to be No. 1 goaltenders by their respective organizations at the start of the season. In Montoya's case, he was with another franchise, but both have taken advantage of opportunities presented to them.

Reimer, who made his ninth start in a row, stopped 36 of 40 shots. He appeared to injure his glove hand early in the overtime after catching a shot by Nielsen. Reimer was examined by Leafs trainers before he was allowed to stay in the game.

Montoya was the Islanders' best player in this one, making a key stop on Clarke MacArthur on a 3-on-2 following Travis Hamonic's defensive zone turnover late in the second period.

Notes: The Islanders hit the goal post on five shots. ... Phaneuf was booed every time he touched the puck by the crowd of 9,217, who remembered his hit on Okposo last preseason. Okposo was taken off the ice on a stretcher and suffered a concussion. ... Toronto was 0 for 3 on the power play. New York did not score on its lone man advantage.