NHL Game Summary - Buffalo at NY Islanders
(Saturday, October 6th)
Final Score: NY Islanders 3, Buffalo 2
Uniondale, NY (Sports Network) - Mike Comrie scored twice in the third period to lift the New York Islanders over the Buffalo Sabres, 3-2, in the back end of a season-opening home-and-home series at Nassau Coliseum.
Chris Campoli also scored for the Islanders, who beat the Sabres 6-4 on Friday and are off to a strong start to the 2007-08 season, mostly due to the play of Comrie and linemates Bill Guerin and Ruslan Fedotenko. Rick DiPietro made 30 saves in the victory.
Jaroslav Spacek and Jochen Hecht scored for Buffalo, which captured the President's Trophy in 2006-07 but has yet to reach the win column in this young season.
Ryan Miller allowed three goals on 24 shots in the loss.
"We did a better job, a couple of breaks for them, we did play a lot better," Miller said. "We didn�t have quite the offense we got on the first night. Again, the Islanders adjusted to us, too."
The teams entered the third period tied 1-1, but Comrie scored less than two minutes into the frame to give the Isles the lead. Guerin carried over the blue line along the left side and, from the top of the circle, sent a drop pass for Comrie. The newly-acquired forward stickhandled through the slot and beat Miller with a low backhander at the 1:47 mark.
Under seven minutes later, Comrie lit the lamp again. He streaked down the slot unchecked and easily one-timed home a pass from Fedotenko, who was stationed near the goal line to the left of the net. Comrie's fourth goal of the season with 11:31 remaining in regulation gave New York a comfortable two- goal edge.
"We wanted to come in and establish a work ethic as a team," Comrie said about the team's 2-0 start to the season. "The first two games we�ve done that. It�s a lot more fun when you win."
With 5:49 to play, Hecht somehow snuck a weak backhander past DiPietro from near the right post, but DiPietro's great save on Spacek during a Buffalo power play with 3:35 to play helped seal the win.
The Sabres opened the scoring with a power-play goal at the 13:09 mark of the opening period. With Jon Sim in the penalty box for a tripping minor, the Sabres controlled the puck in their offensive zone and Drew Stafford sent the disc back to Brian Campbell at the left point. Campbell sent a pass across the blue line for Spacek, whose one-timer made its way past a screened DiPietro.
New York scored the lone goal of the second period on the power play. Trent Hunter passed across the high slot from the right side and the puck was corralled by Campoli, who released a blazing slap shot from the top of the left circle that beat Miller high to the far side 4:29 into the stanza.
Sim left the game with a sprained knee and did not return. He will be evaluated on Sunday...The Sabres knocked the Islanders out of the playoffs last spring in five games...Guerin now has five assists in two games this season...The Sabres now return home to begin a four-game homestand that begins on Thursday against Atlanta...New York was 1-for-3 on the power play, while the visitors scored once on four chances with the extra skater.
10/06 23:31:53 ET