UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Maple Leafs goalie Vesa Toskala sat out Wednesday night's 4-3 overtime loss to the Islanders on Wednesday night because of tightness in
his groin, and New York counterpart Rick DiPietro left the game due
to a knee injury.
Toskala practiced with his teammates Wednesday morning, shortly
after the team's post-Christmas flight to New York, but was the
first Toronto player off the ice. He isn't expected to play
Thursday at Philadelphia, either, when the Maple Leafs complete a
club-record tying seven-game road trip.
DiPietro made the start for New York, but lasted only one
period. He didn't come out of the dressing room after the first
intermission because of an undisclosed knee injury. The Islanders
said the franchise goalie wouldn't return and would be re-evaluated
DiPietro allowed two goals on nine shots in his brief action,
and left with the Islanders leading 3-2.
Wade Dubielewicz, who gave up eight goals on 42 shots in New
York's 8-1 loss at Toronto on Oct. 11, came on in relief. He made 22 saves in Wednesday's game.
DiPietro won't make the trip to Ottawa for Thursday night's game against the Senators.
"He felt good enough in warmup and wanted to give it a try," Islanders coach Ted Nolan said. "He'll take an MRI and see what the damage is. We give him full marks for giving it a try."
Toskala had played in 16 straight games, including 12
consecutive starts after Toronto was outscored 8-2 in back-to-back
consecutive road losses to Dallas and Phoenix on Nov. 23-24.
Andrew Raycroft allowed two goals on seven shots in the opening
8:24 against Phoenix and hadn't played since. He got the start
Wednesday night and was touched for three goals on 14 shots in the
The Islanders hadn't scored as many as two goals in a first
period since they had three on opening night in Buffalo on Oct. 5.
Raycroft played for the first time in 13 games and stopped 24 shots. His best saves came in the final minute of regulation when he denied Mike Sillinger on consecutive shots.
"I was hoping to at least get to a shootout," he said. "All I've done the last month and a half is shootouts. I wanted to see if some of that work was going to pay off."
Raycroft will likely be back in the nets Thursday when the Maple Leafs conclude their seven-game road trip at Philadelphia.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.