NHL Game Summary - Buffalo at NY Islanders
(Wednesday, November 23rd)
Final Score: Buffalo 4, NY Islanders 3 (SO)
Uniondale, NY (Sports Network) - Ales Kotalik scored the game-tying goal late in the third period before he and Tim Connolly converted their shots in the shootout to lift the Buffalo Sabres to a 4-3 win over the New York Islanders at Nassau Coliseum.
Chris Drury and Jochen Hecht also tallied goals and Martin Biron made 23 saves for the Sabres, who have won four of their last five games. Brian Campbell added two assists for Buffalo, which bounced back from a shootout loss to the Rangers on Tuesday.
"It's a huge win for us," Kotalik said. "It was a pretty tough game last night against a good team. We lost with a little bit of bad luck. Last game we played here we came back and we knew we could do it again."
Mike York had a goal and an assist and Brent Sopel and Jason Blake both notched goals for the Islanders, who have lost two of their last three games. Rick DiPietro stopped 25 shots for New York.
In the shootout, Kotalik beat DiPietro with a backhand top shelf and Connolly poked one just past DiPietro's left pad for Buffalo.
Alexei Yashin hit the post on a backhand attempt and Blake had the puck poke- checked off his stick as the Islanders failed to score.
"Actually, he got the post out there," Biron said of Yashin's attempt. "It didn't hit my stick. It just went off the outside of the post. He was looking for a quick shot. He made a good move but it went off the post. Shootouts are a lot harder than I thought they'd be."
Trailing 3-2 late in the game, Buffalo netted the equalizer with 2:49 remaining when Kotalik gained the offensive zone, skated below the left circle and beat DiPietro glove-side with a wrist shot from down low.
"That shouldn't have been a goal," DiPietro said. "I shouldn't have let that up with two minutes left in the game. Doesn't matter what kind of shot. In the last two minutes, you don't let up a goal."
The Islanders got on the scoreboard with 4:56 left in the first period after York tapped a pass from Chris Campoli past Biron's glove side for the 1-0 lead. Campoli slapped a pass from above the left circle to York, who was charging the net.
The Sabres tied the game while on the power play with 2:31 remaining in the period after Drury beat DiPietro to a rebound and banged it home. Maxim Afinogenov blasted a slap shot from the slot and DiPietro made the save. The rebound kicked to DiPietro's right and Drury beat three Islander defenders to the puck for the score.
New York regained the lead 3:30 into the second period while on the power play after Sopel threw a wrist shot on goal from below the right circle that deflected off the stick of Buffalo's Teppo Numminen and over Biron for the 2-1 lead.
The Islanders took a 3-1 lead less than a minute later after Blake beat Biron with a slap shot from the left circle. Mattias Weinhandl held the puck behind the net until he found Blake for the one-timer.
Buffalo got back within a goal 1:26 later after Hecht tipped a shot past DiPietro from inside the right circle. Numminen blasted a slap shot from the right point that found the very tip of Hecht's stick for the redirection tally.
Islanders winger Shawn Bates has eight goals in his last seven games, but will miss between four and five weeks with a hamstring injury...Yashin had his six- game point streak snapped...New York, which is 5-3-1 at home, will host Ottawa on Friday. The Isles fell to 2-1 in shootouts this season...The Sabres have posted three victories over the Islanders this season after losing seven consecutive meetings...The Islanders had killed of 37 consecutive short-handed situations over six games before allowing a power-play goal Wednesday...Biron is 8-3-1 with two shutouts in 12 career starts against the Islanders.
11/23 22:44:21 ET