NHL Game Summary - Buffalo at NY Islanders|
(Saturday, February 4th)
Final Score: Buffalo 4, NY Islanders 3 (SO)
Uniondale, NY (Sports Network) - Brad Boyes netted the game-winning goal in
the first round of the shootout to cap a comeback as the Buffalo Sabres
rallied to top the New York Islanders, 4-3, at Nassau Coliseum.
Boyes picked up the puck and moved in slowly on Isles netminder Al Montoya.
Boyes waited for Montoya to make a move and fired a quick wrist shot past the
glove side of the Montoya. Jason Pominville sealed the victory with a goal in
the second round of the shootout, while Ryan Miller stopped attempts from P.A.
Parenteau and Frans Nielsen.
Boyes added an assist, while Nathan Gerbe, Derek Roy and Paul Gaustad scored
in regulation for the Sabres, who bounced back from 1-0 defeat to the New York
Rangers on Wednesday. Miller made 35 saves.
"Our defense was in really good position tonight," Miller said. "We made it
hard for them to get the looks they wanted. "We blocked a few shots and I was
able to get an eye on a few of them."
Nielsen finished with two goals and an assist and Josh Bailey also scored for
the Islanders, who had their brief two-game winning streak halted. Montoya
stopped 34-of-37 shots.
Trailing 3-1, Buffalo got within one at 18:41 of the second period when Ville
Leino picked up the puck in the neutral zone and raced up the left wing. Leino
slowed at the circle and dropped it off to Roy, who slapped it past a screened
After carrying the play for much of the third period, the hard work paid off
from the Sabres at the 11:46 mark when the puck came back to Tyler Myers at
the right point and he found Gaustad open in the slot. The rugged center fired
it past Montoya to tie the contest at three.
New York had a glorious chance to win it in overtime when the Sabres were
whistled for a too many men penalty at 2:28.
The Islanders turned the final minutes of the period into a shooting gallery
and spent nearly their entire power play in the offensive zone, but Miller
came up with several huge stops to send the game to the shootout.
The Islanders wasted no time taking the lead, as Nielsen found the back of the
net just 1:39 into the game after Michael Grabner chased down a loose puck
behind the net and found Nielsen, who one-timed it past the blocker side of
Buffalo answered at 5:32 of the period when Drew Stafford chipped the puck
ahead, sending Gerbe into the zone and the crafty forward let a wrist shot go
that hit off Montoya, popped up in the air and landed across the goal line.
New York took the lead with four minutes remaining in the first frame when
Nielsen threw a soft wrist shot on net from the right circle that was stopped
by Miller, but Bailey was right on the doorstep to put home the rebound.
Just 1:17 later, New York struck again when Kyle Okposo retrieved the puck
behind the net. Okposo brought the puck out front and it was poke-checked away
by Miller, but the puck went right to Nielsen trailing the play and the
nimble center ripped it home from the slot to give the Isles a 3-1 advantage.
"In the second period, we played really well I think," Nielsen said. "We gave
up a tough one at the end there and the effort wasn't good enough in the
The Islanders have killed off 38 of the last 40 penalties against in their
last 17 games...Nielsen's goal snapped a shutout streak of 122:30 for
Miller...Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic left the game in the third period
after being struck in the face with a shot...The Islanders dropped to 16-3-5
when scoring first and 13-1-5 when leading after two periods.
02/04 23:39:45 ET