Sabres Third Period Surge Downs Islanders

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Sabres 5, Islanders 3

Uniondale, NY (Sports Network) – Tyler Myers and Nathan Gerbe each registered a goal and an assist in the third period, as the Buffalo Sabres defeated the New York Islanders, 5-3, in the backend of a home-and-home set at Nassau Coliseum.

Tyler Ennis and Jason Pominville also had a goal and a helper, while Paul Gaustad added a marker for Buffalo, which recovered from a 5-2 loss to the Islanders on Friday and have won three of four overall.

Ryan Miller turned aside 31-of-34 shots to pick up the win.

Matt Moulson tallied twice and Jack Hillen scored once for the Islanders, who have dropped six of their last eight. Rick DiPietro made 18 saves in defeat.

Tied at 2-2 after two periods, Buffalo had some carry-over power-play time from the second with Josh Bailey in the box serving a double-minor for high sticking and the Sabres capitalized.

Ennis took a pass from Myers at the right circle and sent a backhand pass to Gerbe, who fired it home from the left side at 1:48.

Myers was then credited with a goal after deflecting Gerbe’s pass toward the net from in close. The puck went off an Islanders defenseman and squeezed through DiPietro, clearly crossing the line, but was initially ruled not a goal. However, a brief replay confirmed the puck crossed the line and Buffalo was ahead 4-2 at 3:51.

Hillen’s point blast got by Miller to pull the Islanders within one at 16:37, but Pominville secured the win with an empty-net goal with 24 seconds remaining.

Gaustad gave the Sabres the lead just 15 seconds into the contest and it remained a 1-0 game until Moulson’s power-play tally tied things 1:15 into the second on a wrist shot from in the low slot.

Buffalo went back in front at 4:58 when Ennis took a feed from Jochen Hecht and got a soft backhander through DiPietro that finished off a line rush to make it a 2-1 game

Moulson then scored his second of the game at 13:27 to pull New York even again. P.A. Parenteau’s wrister was stopped by Miller, but the rebound sat in the crease and Moulson, coming in late, stuffed the puck into the wide-open net.

Buffalo has won four of its last five on the road…Miller improved to 11-8-1 in his career against the Islanders…John Tavares recorded a pair of assists for New York.


Buffalo Sabres At New York Islanders: Islanders Look To Stay Hot

(Sports Network) - The New York Islanders aim for their third victory over the Buffalo Sabres in nine days this afternoon when the two teams conclude a home- and-home series on Long Island at Nassau Coliseum.

The Islanders posted a 5-3 home victory over the Sabres on Jan. 15, then opened this two-game set with Friday's 5-2 victory in Buffalo. Michael Grabner scored twice to give him five goals in his last four games, whileP.A. Parenteau scored what was the game-winner in the second period.

Parenteau's tally took on added importance when Buffalo's Nathan Gerbe scored a pair of goals within five seconds late in the third period to set a franchise record. The five-second burst was also one tick shy of the NHL record, shared by Montreal Maroons' Nels Stewart (1931) and Winnipeg's Deron Quint (1995).

New York also got goals from Matt Moulson and Jack Hillen in winning for just the second time in seven games.

"We still have things to work on here," said Moulson. "But we know if we stick to our game plan and what the coaches set forth for us, we're gonna come away with wins. We just need to get on a roll and get some confidence."

New York is 14th out of 15 teams in the Eastern Conference with 37 points, 18 back of a playoff spot. The club played in Buffalo on Friday off a 1-3-1 homestand and is 8-10-4 as the host this season.

As the Islanders go for their fourth straight victory over the Sabres, and fifth in a row as the host in this series, the question is who will be in net. With Rick DiPietro back in New York due to the flu, Nathan Lawson got the start versus the Sabres, but left after the first period due to a left knee injury. Kevin Poulin made 26 saves in relief.

With DiPietro and Lawson questionable, the Isles claimed Evgeni Nabokov off waivers on Saturday. Nabokov had signed a one-year contract with Detroit on Friday, but had to clear waivers because he had played in the Kontinental Hockey League this season.

However, reports surfaced on Saturday that Nabokov will not report to the Islanders.

Nabokov was released from a reported four-year, $24 million deal in Russia last month after going 44-16-10 with a 2.43 goals-against average and three shutouts with San Jose last season. He failed to land an NHL deal this past offseason as a free agent after spending all 10 seasons of his career with the Sharks, going 293-178-37 with 29 ties, a 2.39 GAA and 50 shutouts in 563 games.

The Sabres will likely go back to Ryan Miller after he was pulled halfway through the first period on Friday. Miller gave up two goals on 10 shots, with Patrick Lalime making 16 saves in relief.

"We had some good effort in parts of the game, but there was no finishing," said Buffalo head coach Lindy Ruff, whose club fell to 7-3-1 in its last 11 games. "You can win all the battles, but if you don't finish plays, you don't win."

Miller is 10-8-1 with a 3.04 GAA in his career versus the Islanders.

Patrick Kaleta aggravated a hand injury in the first period on Friday. He was playing in his third game since missing seven in a row with a broken left hand and joins Drew Stafford (groin) and Cody McCormick (flu-like symptoms) as questionable for tonight.

Buffalo is eight points out of a playoff spot in the East and begins a three- game road trip tonight. The Sabres have won three of their last four as the guest.

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