The New York Islanders have won consecutive games for the first time since mid-October thanks to a 2-1 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday night at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo.
The Islanders took advantage of an early power play when Buffalo's Paul Szczechura was benched for two minutes after high-sticking Marty Reasoner. That gave Matt Moulson (assisted by Mark Streit and Pierre Parenteau) the room he needed to slap one in at the 6:47 mark and put New York up 1-0 in the first period.
Both teams failed to score in the second stanza; however, Jochen Hecht (assisted by Jason Pominville and Thomas Vanek) found the Islanders net less than two minutes into the third to make it one-all. That didn't sit well with New York's Brian Rolston (assisted by David Ullstrom and Josh Bailey), who backhanded a nine-footer to give the Islanders a 2-1 lead.
The Islanders improve to 7-11-4 with the win. The Sabres fall to 13-10-1 in defeat.