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Grabovski's OT goal lifts Leafs to 3-2 win

Grabovski's OT goal lifts Leafs to 3-2 win

Belarus center Mikhail Grabovski had not scored in 17 NHL games, and had never netted a goal in overtime.
None of that deterred Toronto Maple Leafs coach Ron Wilson from putting him on the ice with the game on the line.
Grabovski scored 50 seconds into overtime to give the Maple Leafs a 3-2 victory over the New York Islanders on Tuesday. It was his first goal since Jan. 29.
"The coach had faith in me and gave me a chance to play in overtime," Grabovski said. "It's my first career goal in overtime, so I'm pretty happy.
"Before, I had games with lots of chances but I couldn't score. My hands, maybe. But the coach believed in me and he kept me in there."
The Islanders blew a chance to clear the puck from their zone and, after two teammates had whacks at the puck, Grabovski fired the puck in from the middle of the zone for his 14th goal. The shot beat goalie Joey MacDonald, who was out of position after making a save.
"The way things have been going for him, I could see that puck bouncing and a swing and a miss," Wilson said. "Fortunately, he got his stick on it.
"Even during the game, there were a few times where I didn't know where he was (on the bench). He was so worried about scoring, but he got a bounce tonight. He was in the right spot and got the job done."


Updated : 2021-05-06 17:30 GMT+08:00