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Islanders demolish Leafs 6-1

UNIONDALE, N.Y. (REUTERS) — Somewhere, Mike Milbury was smiling.

Mark Parrish scored two of New York’s four power-play goals as the New York Islanders won their first home playoff game in nine years, thumping the Toronto Maple Leafs 6-1 Tuesday night.

The Maple Leafs still lead the first-round playoff series 2-1. Game 4 is Wednesday, also on Long Island.

“It seems like they had a lot of power plays,” said Toronto goalie Curtis Joseph, who allowed all six goals before being pulled in the third period. “I guess we have to be more disciplined.”

Milbury, the Islanders general manager, tore into the officiating in a Sunday morning tirade, claiming New York was “getting jobbed.”

With videotape as his proof, he detailed for reporters several non-calls in Game 2.

Apparently, his complaining worked.

The Islanders, who scored six unanswered goals, went 4-for-9 overall with the man advantage. Toronto was 0-for-8.

New York’s penalty kill remained perfect in the series, keeping the Leafs 0-for-18 in three games. With two power plays in the first period, Toronto managed just one shot.

“Hopefully, what Mike said paid off,” said New York’s Steve Webb, who blistered the Maple Leafs with a game-high 11 hits.

Toronto coach Pat Quinn was asked if Milbury’s tirade was worthwhile.

“I don’t know,” he said, “you’ll have to ask the league.”

The Islanders piled on in the third period, scoring twice in 14 seconds. Shawn Bates made it 5-1 with a power-play goal at 4:07, slapping the puck past Joseph, who had lost his stick. Dave Scatchard then tallied an even-strength goal at 4:21.

Joseph, who faced 39 shots, was pulled for Corey Schwab at 7:35 of the third.

“It seemed like they were hungry tonight,” Joseph said.

Brad Isbister also scored on a power play for New York, notching the go-ahead goal at 6:01 of the second. Michael Peca added an even-strength goal for a 3-1 advantage at 13:33.

Parrish’s second power-play goal of the game came with 40.3 seconds left in the period and gave New York the three-goal lead. A shot by Kenny Jonsson caromed off the mask of Joseph, and Parrish hit the puck in.

“I had some ugly, garbage goals,” Parrish said. “We need to score those.”

Alexander Mogilny gave Toronto a 1-0 lead 7:32 into the game.

The Islanders played strong defense, clearing a number of rebounds from in front of goalie Chris Osgood, who made 34 saves.

Joseph, stellar in the series so far, was strong in the first period but was heavily tested. The Islanders fired 19 shots on net in the first 20 minutes, to six by Toronto. He seemed spent after that, and New York took advantage.

“It’s a big win, yeah,” said Osgood, “but we have to win tomorrow to make it mean anything.”

Peca added: “Doesn’t matter the score, 6-1 or 2-1 in overtime, you have to carry it over … and you know Curtis is going to rebound.”

Mogilny gave Toronto a 1-0 lead early, and it took all the steam out of Nassau Coliseum, playing host to its first playoff game since 1994. That year, the Islanders were swept by the rival New York Rangers, the eventual Stanley Cup champions.

The last postseason game the Islanders won was May 22, 1993, against Montreal in the Wales Conference finals.

After Mogilny’s goal, the fans — some of whom had been at tailgate parties since midmorning — became instantly passive. When the video monitor urged fans to wave their towels again, the frustrated crowd resisted, with only a handful holding up their limp cloth.

All it took was Parrish’s first power-play goal at 14:34 to fire up the crowd again and tie it 1-1.

“It was a tremendous environment for our team,” coach Peter Laviolette said. “It was one of the loudest games or buildings that I’ve ever been a part of.”

After his first goal, Parrish tumbled backward over a Toronto player, falling with his arms raised.

“I just think we got out-played all night,” Toronto’s Shayne Corson said. “They had their backs against the wall, and they came out and showed us what they’re made of. The refs did their job, and the Islanders did their job. The only ones that didn’t do the job was us.”

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