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NHL Game Summary - Buffalo at NY Islanders



(Saturday, January 17th)

Final Score: NY Islanders 4, Buffalo 2

Uniondale, NY (Sports Network) - Cliff Ronning scored his first goal of the season in the 1,100th NHL game of his career, to lead the New York Islanders to a 4-2 win over Buffalo at Nassau Coliseum.

Kenny Jonsson scored a tally and assisted on another for the Islanders, who won for the ninth time in their last 11 home games. Dave Scatchard and Janne Niinimaa each scored a goal for the Isles.

"We kept talking after the Ottawa game that we need to play 60 minutes," Jonsson said. "Fifty minutes won't cut it. We played a full 60 minutes tonight and that is what we were looking for."

Rick DiPietro faced 29 shots -- including 12 in the third period -- and stopped 27 of them for the Islanders.

Chris Taylor and James Patrick each scored a goal for the Sabres, who remained winless in their last five road games (0-4-1). Mika Noronen made 19 saves on 23 shots faced.

The Islanders helped their cause by converting three of their six power-play opportunities. Buffalo was not as successful, as it went 0-for-5 with the man advantage.

Ronning got the Islanders on the board first at the 3:45 mark of the opening period. With a 5-on-3 advantage, Ronning notched his first tally of the season, as he fired a slap shot from the left circle, which beat Noronen gloveside.

Jonsson made it 2-0 Islanders, when he fired a one-timer from the blue line on the power play, which blew past Noronen's stick for his fourth of the season.

Buffalo got back to within a goal at the 12:29 mark of the first. Alexei Zhitnik intercepted a DiPietro clearing pass and fired it in on net. Taylor, who was in front of the net, stuck his stick in the air and deflected the puck past the Islander netminder for his fifth marker of the season.

Scatchard tallied to put the Islanders up 3-1 with 3 1/2 minutes gone by in the second period. Niinimaa's fourth goal of the season at the 9:09 mark of the period made it 4-1.

The Sabres would add a goal from Patrick in the final period, but DiPietro made several key saves to avoid any comeback attempt.

Game Notes

The Islanders are 6-1-1 in the last eight meetings in the series...New York has scored 10 goals in the first two meetings with Buffalo this season. The Islanders defeated the Sabres, 6-0, at Buffalo, back on October 11...Oleg Kvasha and Arron Asham each recorded two assists for New York.

01/17 23:33:35 ET


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