Mike Foligno's debut with the Toronto Maple Leafs was a short one.
Two shifts into his first game since being acquired Monday, the former captain of the Buffalo Sabres injured his left knee. He was flown to Toronto today, and was to be examined by a doctor.
With the help of goaltender Peter Ing and the goalpost, Foligno's new team tied the New York Islanders, 2-2, Tuesday night.
"We had some good opportunities to win," Islanders coach Al Arbour said, "we just couldn't find the handle."
Ing faced five shots in overtime, and the Leafs were lucky to get to the extra session.
Ing gloved a rising slapper from Brent Sutter with 1:05 left in the third. Then Ing kicked out David Volek's hard shot with only 30 seconds to go. Finally, the Maple Leafs had a bit of luck, as Pat LaFontaine deflected a pass off the post with 10 seconds left.
Maple Leafs coach Tom Watt lamented his team's inability to cash in offensively.
"We had some glorious opportunities (to score)," Watt said. "In that part of the game, I think we're snakebit."
Watt was a victim of circumstances, winding up short-staffed up front.
"We decided to dress (seven) defensemen," Watt said. "Then Foligno gets hurt, so now we're down to 10 forwards."
Despite the injury, Foligno stayed on the bench.
"I wanted to feel a part of the team," Foligno said. "(By) sitting in the dressing room, you don't feel like you're doing anything useful.
"I thought I could just offer a bit of encouragement, to let (teammates) know there's another mouthpiece on the bench, to give them a little bit of confidence."
LaFontaine scored his 20th to tie the game, 2-2, at 2:47 of the third period.
Toronto, last in the NHL in penalty-killing on the road, conversely is now tied for the NHL lead in short-handed goals with eight. Paul Fenton got the game's first goal while killing a penalty in the first period.