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TORONTO -- Another night, another tough outing for Jonathan Bernier. The Toronto goaltender wasnt sharp in a disappointing 5-3 home loss to the New York Islanders on Tuesday. It came just three nights after Bernier was pulled after allowing five goals on 32 shots in the Maple Leafs lopsided 7-1 home defeat to the New York Rangers. Bernier was the victim of some bad luck as two Islanders goals were deflected off Toronto players. But Berniers inability to keep the puck from entering the no-play zone behind the Leafs net allowed New Yorks Michael Grabner to score easily unassisted early in the second, to the dismay of the Air Canada Centre gathering of 19,164. "That was obviously my bad," Bernier said. "I thought the puck was stopped. "When I looked up to see where the guy was, the puck was still rolling." Despite giving up five goals against the Rangers, Bernier made his sixth straight start Tuesday. And he wasnt surprised that Leafs coach Randy Carlyle let him finish the contest rather than go to James Reimer for a second consecutive contest. "Why would I get pulled," Bernier said when asked if he appreciated Carlyles decision to leave him in. Bernier has often been outstanding this season for Toronto (21-18-5) and Carlyle wasnt about to blame his netminder for the clubs second straight disappointing defeat following three consecutive wins. "You could say it wasnt one of his better nights, thats for sure," Carlyle said. "Weve called upon him too many times this year in a lot of situations. "We did some good things but it just seemed like we were climbing a mountain. Every time we got things going and got back even we couldnt push it over the mountain. I thought we played passive, we were afraid to make a mistake versus being aggressive and going after it." Frans Nielsen, Calvin De Haan and Cal Clutterbuck had third-period goals as New York (16-22-7) outscored Toronto 3-1 in the final period to kick off a six-game road trip with its second win in as many nights. The Islanders beat the Dallas Stars 7-3 on Monday. Toronto outshot the Islanders 26-25 and made it interesting when Nazem Kadris shot deflected in off Joffrey Lupul at 16:55 of the third to cut New Yorks lead to 4-3. It was Lupuls 13th goal of the season but Clutterbuck cemented the win with an empty-net goal at 19:51, his sixth. "Early on I dont know if it was nerves or a lack of poise or confidence," Islanders coach Jack Capuano said. "But now were just playing with an attitude, playing with an edge, playing with confidence and doing the right things to give us a chance." Islanders captain John Tavares had another productive outing with three assists. Tavares, named to Canadas Olympic team earlier Tuesday, had three goals and two assists against Dallas. "We got some timely goals and you take advantage of those when they come your way," Tavares said. "We did a good job trying to limit their chances. "When you start to win a few, your confidence starts to come back. I still think the ability is here, its the execution and obviously thats been there the last few weeks." Kyle Okposo had the other goal for the Islanders. Tyler Bozak and Mason Raymond also scored for Toronto, which fell to 14-10-1 at home. Forward Nazem Kadri added two assists and caught Carlyles eye. "I though Nazem was more noticeable around the puck, I thought he was much more visible with the puck," Carlyle said. "I just think weve got to get a lot more aggressive. "Were not skating and being the tenacious Toronto Maple Leafs that I expect or everybody expects. Obviously we dont have enough tenacity in our game right now." Kadri said theres only one way for Toronto to get out of its present funk. "You just have to go back to work," he said. "Obviously it takes away a bit of momentum with those lucky bounces but theres nothing you can do. "I have to play like that more often, its about finding that consistency. The best is ahead of me, I just have to make sure I keep working." Bozak opened the scoring, deflecting Paul Rangers point shot past New York goalie Kevin Poulin at 5:05 of the first, his sixth of the season. Bozak has two goals and four assists in four games since returning from an oblique injury. Poulin started ahead of regular Evgeni Nabokov, who was injured in Monday nights 7-3 win over Dallas. Nabokovs absence is a definite concern as the Islanders were 1-9-2 when he was out with a groin injury earlier this season. Okposo pulled New York even at 19:16 with his 17th goal of the season, his wrist shot eluding Bernier. New York went ahead on the peculiar no-play zone incident early in the second. Bernier left his crease to stop a loose puck behind the Toronto goal but couldnt prevent it from going outside the no-play zone. That allowed Grabner to take the loose puck and score his sixth goal unassisted on the wraparound at 3:06. Toronto had four power-play chances in the period but only scored at 8:25 to make it 2-2. Poulin stopped Jake Gardiners point shot but Raymond converted the rebound for his 12th goal of the season but just his second in 16 contests. NOTES -- Defenceman Tim Gleason made his Toronto debut . . . Toronto beat the Islanders 5-2 in the first meeting of the season Nov. 19 at the ACC . . . The Leafs visit the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday before heading to Washington on Friday night. Their next home game is Sunday against New Jersey . . . The Islanders placed Nabokov (lower body) on injured reserve after Mondays game and recalled Anders Nilsson from Bridgeport of the AHL . . . Okposo missed Mondays win over Dallas to be present for the birth of his daughter . . . Tavares extended his points streak to seven straight games but teammate Thomas Vaneks string ended at nine contests. Stitched NBA Jerseys . Finlands Kari Lehtonen made 26 saves to lead Dallas over the Phoenix Coyotes 2-1 Saturday night. He received plenty of help from the Stars defence and got goals from Ray Whitney and Russias Valeri Nichushkin. NBA Jerseys Outlet . The 17-time Grand Slam champion, who lose three straight finals in Monte Carlo to Rafael Nadal from 2006-08, has not played in the tournament since 2011, when he lost to Jurgen Melzer in the quarterfinals. https://www.nbachinajerseys.us/. Compared to what hes gone through in recent weeks, that seemed like a breeze. Speaking to The Associated Press on Friday at an NBA Cares event, Silver said hes thrilled that the leagues attention can be on the championship series between the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs -- and not, as it was for so much of the post-season, on the off-the-court matters involving the banishment of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling and now the looming sale of that franchise. Cheap Nike Basketball Jerseys . The right-hander said he threw about 30 pitches in a routine bullpen session Sunday at Yankee Stadium, his final hurdle before starting Tuesday night at Tampa Bay. Cheap NBA Jerseys . Bjoerndalen broke the record he shared with cross-country skiing great Bjoern Daehlie, also matching his fellow Norwegians record of eight gold medals. Bjoerndalen earlier won gold in Sochi in the mens sprint biathlon.LONDON -- France needs an unprecedented comeback to avoid missing its first World Cup in 20 years. No European team has ever qualified for the World Cup through the playoffs after losing the first leg 2-0. Two decades after France failed to qualify for the 1994 World Cup following a shock home defeat against Bulgaria, Les Bleus lost to Ukraine for the first time in the first leg by a two-goal margin. That means the odds are indeed heavily stacked against Didier Deschampss team ahead of Tuesdays return game at the Stade de France. The French players display was so poor on Friday that it led the French media to question if the national sides performance had been the "worst in history." To turn around the result, France needs to rediscover its attacking potency as Deschamps - who won the 1998 World Cup and the European championships two years later as a player, must decide who to play up front against an extremely well organized Ukrainian side. "Well need to have that bit of folly that will make for an exceptional match," Deschamps said. "Its up to the players to get into that mentality. But we also have to realize they wont play with 10 players at the back. We have to put them under pressure from the start and show a lot of determination and keep the high tempo going until the end." Flourishing in the Premier League this season, Loic Remy had a poor game on the right wing in Kyiv and could be replaced with Karim Benzema, meaning that Deschamps could keep Olivier Giroud as his central sriker. Samir Nasri had a quiet game and may be replaced in the playmakers role by Mathieu Valbuena. Franck Ribery will also need to raise his game with the national team to prove that he fully deserves the FIFA Ballon dOr. Ribery who struggled to make any meaningful impact in Ukraine, has been tipped to claim the FIFA accolade after helping Bayern Munich to the Champions League. "Obviously, Ukraine knew how dangerous Ribery could be," Deschamps said. "They were very aggressive toward him. They made a lot of fouls that went unpunished. Ukraine eliminated Franck. He had very few chances to take on his opponent one-on-one. There was always a midfielder around to provide back-up." With Laurent Kosccielny suspended after his sending off, Deschamps has a major headache in defence and must decide who will play alongside Eric Abidal.dddddddddddd With Raphael Varane struggling with a sore knee, Deschamps must pick between the inexperienced Mamamdou Sakho and Bacary Sagna. Sagna plays at right back for Arsenal but has played centre half before. "We were shaken over there against a very committed team who played at a very high level while we were average," Deschamps said. "We took a slap and the situation is favourable for them. It wont be easy. Were obviously not in a good position. We have to reverse the trend and believe in this now." After winning the first round of his duel with Zlatan Ibrahimovic when he scored the winner in Portugals 1-0 win over Sweden, Cristiano Ronaldo is hopeful he can again steal the show at the Swedish national stadium on Tuesday night. While Ibrahimovic failed to impress in Lisbon, Ronaldo dived to glance in a left-wing cross for his 44th goal in 108 international appearances, and almost added another when he headed against the crossbar late on. Portugal, which beat Sweden at home for the first time in its history, missed automatic qualification for a major international tournament for the third time in a row after qualifying for the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012 through the playoffs. "It was an important goal and it gave us victory," Ronaldo said. "We could have scored one or two more goals but this advantage gives us confidence for the second leg. Nothing is settled yet. Its 50-50." All four return playoffs matches take place on Tuesday, with Greece in a comfortable position following its 3-1 win over Romania in the first leg and Iceland having kept alive its hopes of reaching a first ever World Cup with a 0-0 home draw against Croatia. Several friendly matches involving European powerhouses having already qualified for the finals in Brazil are also scheduled on Tuesday, with England facing bitter rival Germany in Wembley for the showcase match of the evening. The Germans will be missing Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil, Philipp Lahm and Manuel Neuer after coach Joachim Low decided to try "new tactical variations and personnel." ' ' '

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