TORONTO – Darcy Tucker scored his 13th goal and the Toronto Maple Leafs held on for a 4-2 victory over the New York Islanders on Monday night.

John Pohl, Kyle Wellwood and Alexei Ponikarovsky also scored for the Maple Leafs, who ended a two-game losing skid.

Toronto outshot New York 33-21, including 13-5 in the first.

The Maple Leafs have had offensive trouble lately without captain Mats Sundin (torn elbow ligament), but Tucker continued to impress on the power play, scoring his NHL-leading 10th goal with the man advantage. He is on pace to surpass the career-high 28 goals he scored last season.

Toronto’s Andrew Raycroft made 19 saves after missing three games with a strained groin.

Chris Simon and Jason Blake scored for the Islanders, who finished 3-1-1 on their road trip. New York played its fourth game in six days.

Pohl scored the first of Toronto’s three first-period goals at 2:53 with a shot from the side of the net.

Maple Leafs defenseman Ian White failed to clear the puck before Simon put a screened one-timer past Raycroft at 5:03 of the first.

Just 51 seconds later, Wellwood restored Toronto’s lead by scoring from the side the net after goalie Rick DiPietro skated too far in front of his net.

Tucker made it 3-1 on the power play with a one-timer from the circle at 9:23 of the first. He hit the post with another chance in the second.

Blake cut it to 3-2 with his 11th goal of the season at 16:01 of the second.

Ponikarovsky scored an insurance goal with 1:09 left in the game by scoring on a rebound.

DiPietro looked shaky in the first, but solid in the final two periods.

Notes: Blake said Islanders captain Alexei Yashin is a different player this season. “There’s definitely a bit more fire there. He’s competing every night.” Yashin signed a 10-year, $87.5 million contract in 2001. … Sundin is expected to miss another week or two. … The Islanders have lost five straight in Toronto.

AP-ES-11-20-06 2205EST



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