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game recap

Islanders 4, Sabres 2

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

Kevin Snow - Sabres.com (@kwsnow)

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Islanders 4, Sabres 2
Buffalo Sabres 2, New York Islanders 4
Three Stars of the Game
Evgeni Nabokov
1st
Evgeni Nabokov
SA: 25TOI: 60:00
GA: 2EV: 20-22
PIM: 0PP: 3-3
SV%: .920SH: 0-0
Michael Grabner
2nd
Michael Grabner
G: 2Shots: 5
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 14:16
Matt Moulson
3rd
G: 1Shots: 4
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 19:33
FULL HIGHLIGHTS | POST-GAME COMMENTS PHOTO GALLERY

GAME RECAP
UNIONDALE, NY -- Michael Grabner scored twice in the third period, and Evgeni Nabokov made 23 saves to become the 26th goaltender in league history to win 300 games, as the New York Islanders doubled up the Buffalo Sabres 4-2 on Saturday night.

Down 3-2 with 1:24 left in the third, the Sabres had a chance to tie the game when Thomas Vanek was awarded a penalty shot when the Islanders net was deliberately knocked off. He came in slowly and fired a shot low to the left that clearly had Nabokov beaten, but rang the puck off the post.

Vanek took the shot wearing a facemask after being struck near his right eye earlier in the game. Like many in the building, he was convinced he had tied the game.

“Right before, Lindy asked me how my vison was, and I thought I was good to go to score,” said Vanek, sporting a large red welt near his right eye after the game. “I thought I had the right play in mind, just gotta put it in.”

The loss was Buffalo’s eighth straight on the road, setting a new franchise record in this dubious category. The previous mark of seven games was achieved twice back in 1970. The Sabres haven’t won away from the First Niagara Center since December 2 in Nashville.

Coming off last night’s win over Toronto, the loss also prevented the Sabres from winning two straight games for the eighth time since November 12 – a span of 64 days.

Grabner scored his game winner with 3:03 remaining in the third during a frantic goalmouth scramble. The puck pinballed around Jhonas Enroth before ending up on Grabner’s stick in the slot.

3 STARS OF THE NIGHT
Nabokov
Grabner
Moulson
STAT OF THE GAME
Enroth faced 38 shots in the game, and was at his acrobatic best in the first period stopping 13 of the 14 shots he faced, including one blast that slightly dislodged his mask.
QUOTE OF THE GAME
It’s a tough one today. We weren’t really ready from the start, and we didn’t really play as good as we can or as good as we have to do on the road. We need to step it up in the next couple of games or it’s going to be a long road trip for us. - #1 - Jhonas Enroth

TONIGHT'S LINES FOR THE SABRES & ISLANDERS
Left Wing #1 Center #1 Right Wing #1
Left Wing #2 Center #2 Right Wing #2
Left Wing #3 Center #3 Right Wing #3
Left Wing #4 Center #4 Right Wing #4
Left Defense #1 Right Defense #1
Left Defense #2 Right Defense #2
Left Defense #3 Right Defense #3
Goaltender #1
Goaltender #2
scoring summary
1st Period
13:10
NYI
Matt Moulson (21) ASST: John Tavares (26), Travis Hamonic (10)
1 - 0 NYI
2nd Period
14:48
BUF
Patrick Kaleta (3) ASST: Mike Weber (1)
1 - 1 Tie
16:16
NYI
Kyle Okposo (11) ASST: Matt Moulson (18), Steve Staios (6)
2 - 1 NYI
16:58
BUF
Derek Roy (9) ASST: Nathan Gerbe (11)
2 - 2 Tie
3rd Period
16:57
NYI
Michael Grabner (12) ASST: Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau (29), Mark Streit (21)
3 - 2 NYI
19:30
NYI
EN - Michael Grabner (13) ASST: John Tavares (27), Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau (30)
4 - 2 NYI
penalty summary
1st Period
19:51
BUF
Patrick Kaleta  Charging against  Andrew MacDonald
2nd Period
07:00
BUF
Robyn Regehr  Hooking against  John Tavares
10:55
NYI
Matt Martin  Fighting (maj) against  Joe Finley
10:55
BUF
Joe Finley  Fighting (maj) against  Matt Martin
3rd Period
05:58
NYI
Nino Niederreiter  Interference against  Nathan Gerbe
goalie stats
Jhonas Enroth
SA: 39TOI: 59:35
Saves: 36EV: 34 - 37
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 1
SV%: .923SH: 1 - 1
Evgeni Nabokov
Evgeni Nabokov
7-11-0
SA: 25TOI: 60:00
Saves: 23EV: 20 - 22
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 3
SV%: .920SH: 0 - 0