NY Islanders 4, Buffalo 0

Saturday, February 23, 2013 7:00 PM

Final Scoring Summary

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
NY Islanders 8-9-1-0 2-6-0-0 6-3-1-0 W2
Buffalo 6-12-1-0 3-6-1-0 3-6-0-0 L4


Islanders 4, Sabres 0: Evgeni Nabokov turned aside all 35 shots he faced and captain Mark Streit and Michael Grabner scored 65 seconds apart in the middle period as visiting New York snapped a three-game losing streak to Buffalo.

John Tavares netted his 12th goal of the season, Colin McDonald also tallied and Matt Moulson notched a pair of assists as the Islanders won their second straight after dropping seven of their previous nine.

Ryan Miller finished with 28 saves for the Sabres, who remained winless under interim coach Ron Rolston. Buffalo has dropped a season-high four straight and six of its last seven.

Nabokov highlighted his 53rd career shutout and first this season with a bevy of flashy saves. The Russian netminder sprawled to deny Thomas Vanek from in close in the first period and made a stellar glove save on Drew Stafford during the second.

Streit, who also had an assist, snapped a scoreless tie with 2:09 remaining in the second period. The defenseman jumped into the play and collected Moulson's pass before beating Miller for his fourth goal. Grabner doubled the advantage just over a minute later, making blue-liner Christian Ehrhoff pay for a turnover by beating Miller on a breakaway.

GAME NOTEBOOK: G Rick DiPietro, who has eight years remaining on his 15-year, $67.5 million contract, cleared waivers and was assigned to Bridgeport of the American Hockey League. The Islanders recalled G Kevin Poulin from the Sound Tigers prior to the game. ... Buffalo, which went 0-for-6 on the power play, is just 2-for-46 in February. ... The struggling Sabres have not led after two periods in 17 consecutive games.

Top Game Performances

NY Islanders   Buffalo
Mark Streit 2 Points N/A
Mark Streit 1 Goals N/A
Matt Moulson 2 Assists N/A
Colin McDonald 1 Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Evgeni Nabokov 1.000 Save Percentage Ryan Miller .875
Evgeni Nabokov 35 Saves Ryan Miller 28

Team Stats Summary

Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
NY Islanders 32 4 1-4 6-6 20 28
Buffalo 35 0 0-6 3-4 14 32

Upcoming Games

  • Buffalo will play its next game on the road against Tampa Bay. The Sabres have a W/L % of .333 after a win and .250 after a loss.
  • NY Islanders will play its next game at home against Carolina. The Islanders have a W/L % of .571 after a win and .400 after a loss.
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