Islanders face the Maple Leafs in Eastern Conference showdown

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The Hurricanes have the capability to finish the season strong and secure a playoff spot. Garret Sparks made 33 saves.

Jordan Eberle scored and Robin Lehner finished with 36 saves for the playoff-bound Islanders, who were playing their final regular-season home game.

Petr Mrazek stopped 22 shots for Carolina (44-29-7), which came in having lost three of its last four in regulation as the franchise looks to make the post-season for the first time since 2009 - now the NHL's longest streak of playoff futility. The Hurricanes have stumbled to a 2-5 mark in their last 7 matchups against the Leafs but they can ill afford a loss here as they are a single point up on the Canadiens who have a tough home date with the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday. The Under is 8-0 in Hurricanes last 8 in the fourth game of a 4-in-6 days situation and 5-2 in Maple Leafs last 7 games playing on 0 days rest, plus 9-4 the last 13 games between these teams here in Toronto. "The whole game we were prepared and competed hard right from the get-go".

In Tavares' first game against his former team February 28, he was held without a point and met with a chorus of boos.

It was a less hostile reception than the one he received on February 28 in his first game as a visiting player.

Rosen got the Maple Leafs on the scoreboard, firing a slap shot from the top of the left circle past Lehner 2:17 into the second.

Tavares once again returned to Nassau Coliseum on Monday night and scored his first goal on the Island as a visitor. McElhinney is 19-11-2 this season with a 2.57 goals-against average and a.912 save percentage. Tavares' score gave him the 87th point of the season, breaking his previous career high of 86 points as a member of the Islanders during the 2014-15 campaign. He had 84 points a year ago in his last season with the Islanders.

Down 1-0 after the first, the Lightning got even at 5:37 of the second with the Leafs on a power play. The Maple Leafs have been faltering as of late, dropping losses this month to lower-performing teams such as the Chicago Blackhawks, the New York Rangers, the Ottawa Senators, and the Philadelphia Flyers. The Islanders won the first two meetings, 4-0 at Toronto on December 29 and 6-1 on February 28 at the Coliseum.

Islanders: At the Florida Panthers on Thursday night before closing the regular season at Washington on Saturday night.

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