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NHL Game Summary - NY Islanders at Buffalo

(Friday, February 27th)

Final Score: NY Islanders 4, Buffalo 2

Buffalo, NY (Sports Network) - Rick DiPietro made 19 of his 42 saves in the third period to lead the New York Islanders to a 4-2 win over Buffalo at HSBC Arena.

Mariusz Czerkawski and Oleg Kvasha both notched a goal and an assist for the Islanders, who posted their seventh straight victory in the series and snapped a two-game winless skid overall (0-1-1).

"We suspected they were going to come hard," New York head coach Steve Sterling said. "And Ricky was equal to the task."

Chris Drury finished with a goal and an assist for the Sabres, who had their five-game home unbeaten string snapped (4-0-1) and suffered their third straight loss overall. J.P. Dumont contributed a goal and Martin Biron stopped 21 shots.

"It's not out of reach," Buffalo coach Lindy Ruff said of the Sabres playoff status. "But it's going to be tough. We need to fire on all cylinders."

Roman Hamrlik and Mattias Weinhandl scored consecutive goals in the second period to snap a 1-1 tie for New York.

Hamrlik put the team ahead on a slap shot from the left point with 6:59 to go in the second.

Then, Weinhandl tipped in his seventh goal on the power play 3:44 later to open a 3-1 edge. Positioned in the slot, he redirected a shot by Janne Niinimaa from the center point into the net.

The Sabres ended the second down 3-2 after a power play tally by Dumont. His 16th goal of the season came with 2:14 to play in the period.

At 6:35 of third period, the Islanders pushed their advantage to 4-2. Kenny Jonsson gathered a loose puck in his defensive end and carried to the right offensive wing. Then Jonsson slid a pass to Kvasha, who scored on a slap shot from the left faceoff circle.

Czerkawski's 23rd goal of the season put the Islanders ahead 1-0. He beat Biron with a low wrist shot from the right faceoff circle with 5:58 remaining in the first period that went through the legs of defensemen Dmitri Kalinin and Alexei Zhitnik.

But Buffalo dominated the first, holding a 17-8 shot advantage.

Less than a minute into the second period, Drury earned his 14th goal of the season on a wrist shot from between the circles to force a 1-1 tie for the Sabres.

Game Notes

Biron fell to 6-3-1 in his last 10 against New York...Buffalo, which dropped to 9-4-1 in its last 14 games overall, played without forward Ales Kotalik, who is suffering from a strained shoulder ...The Islanders hold an 18-5 scoring edge in four straight wins this season over Buffalo.

02/28 00:18:28 ET

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