Buffalo 3, NY Islanders 2

Saturday, February 9, 2013 7:00 PM

Final Scoring Summary

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Buffalo 5-6-1-0 2-2-1-0 3-4-0-0 W2
NY Islanders 4-6-1-0 1-4-0-0 3-2-1-0 L4


Sabres 3, Islanders 2: Defenseman Alexander Sulzer snapped a tie at 7:35 of the third period as Buffalo handed host New York its fourth consecutive loss.

Thomas Vanek scored his league-leading 11th goal and added an assist, defenseman Christian Ehrhoff also scored and Ryan Miller made 41 saves for the Sabres, who have won two in a row following a three-game losing skid.

John Tavares and Colin McDonald scored while Evgeni Nabokov stopped 12 shots as the Islanders outshot Buffalo 43-15 but fell to 1-4-0 at home.

Sulzer unleashed a one-timer from the left point that beat Nabokov for his third goal. The goal held up as the game-winner as Tavares hit the right post with a backhander on a penalty shot with 3:53 remaining after being hooked from behind by Ehrhoff during a breakaway.

Buffalo took the lead midway through the first period as Vanek buried a loose puck on the doorstep, but New York pulled even when Tavares tucked the puck inside the right post with 42 seconds remaining in the period. After Ehrhoff made it 2-1 with 7:39 left in the second, McDonald converted a backhand pass from behind the net by Casey Cizikas over five minutes later to tie the game again.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Buffalo D Tyler Myers was a healthy scratch. The former Calder Trophy winner has just one goal and a minus-9 rating in 11 games this season. ... The Islanders lifted the suspension of C Josh Bailey, who made his season debut after recovering from a knee injury suffered while playing in Germany during the lockout. ... D Lubomir Visnovsky made his Islanders debut after his suspension for failing to report to the team was lifted on Thursday. Visnovsky was acquired from Anaheim in June.

Top Game Performances

Buffalo   NY Islanders
Thomas Vanek 2 Points Brian Strait 2
Thomas Vanek 1 Goals Colin McDonald 1
Cody Hodgson 2 Assists Brian Strait 2
N/A Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Ryan Miller .953 Save Percentage Evgeni Nabokov .800
Ryan Miller 41 Saves Evgeni Nabokov 12

Team Stats Summary

Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Buffalo 15 3 0-2 3-3 8 27
NY Islanders 43 2 0-3 2-2 6 29

Upcoming Games

  • NY Islanders will play its next game at home against Carolina. The Islanders have a W/L % of .500 after a win and .333 after a loss.
  • Buffalo will play its next game at home against Boston. The Sabres have a W/L % of .500 after a win and .286 after a loss.
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