NHL Game Summary - NY Islanders at Buffalo|
(Wednesday, December 12th)
Final Score: Buffalo 5, NY Islanders 3
Buffalo, NY (Sports Network) - Ales Kotalik scored a goal and added an assist
to lead the Buffalo Sabres past the New York Islanders, 5-3, at HSBC Arena.
Jason Pominville tied a career-high with three assists while Maxim Afinogenov
added two helpers for the Sabres, who have two wins in their last three games.
"Usually when you get all those opportunities it's a sign you're working hard
and doing some goods things out there," Pominville said. "Tonight we were able
to capitalize on a few. It was nice to see the guys get rewarded."
Ryan Miller ended with 28 saves in the victory.
Rick DiPietro allowed all five goals on 41 shots while Mike Sillinger
registered a goal and an assist for the slumping Islanders, who have six
losses in their last seven games.
"They put a lot of traffic in front, they've got a lot of big guys," said
DiPietro. "I think that's the goal of that second power play unit is to get
big bodies in front and shoot the puck and hope for a tip or screen the goalie
and it was effective."
Trailing by two goals, the Isles made it 4-3 just four minutes into the third
period. From along the right boards, Sillinger harmlessly threw the puck on
goal but the disc slipped past a stunned Miller on his short side.
Jochen Hecht, though, gave Buffalo its two-goal lead back at 8:14 of the third
after he took a pass from Pominville down low and shoveled a backhander
through DiPietro's pads.
With time winding down, the Islanders took a costly penalty with just 1:55 to
go as Sean Bergenheim was whistled off for tripping.
On the ensuing power play, the Sabres calmly kept the puck away from the
Isles, allowing the clock to wind down to the final seconds.
Buffalo went up 1-0 at 8:43 of the opening period on Nolan Pratt's first goal
of the season. From just inside the blueline at the left point, Pratt
fluttered a wrist shot that beat a screened DiPietro high on his stick side.
Toni Lydman's goal at 4:04 of the second stanza gave the Sabres a two-goal
advantage. From the right boards, Afinogenov slid a pass to Lydman in the high
slot and his rising slap shot made its way through a sea of players in front
and past DiPietro.
Just 56 seconds after Lydman's goal, Kotalik netted his ninth goal of the
season to make it 3-0. Pominville battled for a loose puck along the right
half-wall and fed the puck to a streaking Kotalik near the left side and he
one-timed the disc past a sliding DiPietro.
The Islanders capitalized off a two-man advantage power play at 6:17 to get on
the board. Sillinger controlled the puck inside the left circle and quickly
moved the puck across to Miroslav Satan in the right circle. Satan then
blasted the disc past Miller for his eighth tally.
The Sabres regained their three-goal lead with a two-man advantage power-play
goal of their own at 9:34 of the second. Kotalik's shot from the slot was
knocked down in front and Derek Roy knocked in the rebound from the right side
of the crease.
Richard Park's goal at 16:45 of the second pulled New York within two goals at
Buffalo has won eight of the last 11 meetings...Pominville now has 15 assists
on the season...The Sabres ended 1-for-6 on the power play while the Islanders
went 1-for-5...New York defenseman Radek Martinek left the game late in the
second period with an undisclosed injury but did return at the start of the
12/12 22:50:11 ET