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A POWERFUL THIRD FOR THE SABRES

Monday, 12.26.2005 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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A POWERFUL THIRD FOR THE SABRES
Sabres 6, Islanders 3

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By Kerry Gwydir and Chris Botta

The Islanders blew a 3-2 lead heading into the third and lost to the Sabres in Buffalo tonight, 6-3, as the home team put on a clinic in hard work and capitalizing on the man-advantage.

Brian Campbell's point shot on the power play tied the game at 3-3 at 9:25 of the third. Tomas Vanek had the game-winner -- again, on the power play -- at 15:01 when he trapped a point shot and then slid it past Garth Snow. Chris Drury scored 11 seconds later after Miroslav Satan gave up the puck along the boards at the blueline and then Drury put on a dazzling one-man effort. Jochen Hecht scored an empty-netter at 19:43 to close out the scoring. It may say it all that the Islanders only had five shots on goals in the second period and five in the third after taking a 3-1 lead after the first period.

Despite virtually the entire first ten minutes being played in the Islanders' end, the Islanders rebounded from Brian Campbell's game-opening goal at 5:11 with three of their own: Jason Blake at 10:33, Alexei Yashin at 12:03 and then Miroslav Satan on the power play with just seven seconds remaining in the period. The right wing managed to scoop up a Chris Campoli point shot that missed the net and beat Miller back to the net to pot his 16th of the year.

Much like the first, the middle stanza wasn't any better to start as Arron Asham and Brent Sopel took penalties immediately after each other just 18 seconds in. That set up an almost full two minutes. Several key blocks by Alexei Zhitnik thwarted several attempts at Snow, but late in the two-man advantage the Sabres converted. Maxim Afinogenov slammed home a loose puck on the doorstep at 2:09 of the second period, just prior to the two infractions ended after a point shot by Ales Kotalik pinged in front of Snow while Chris Drury and Vanek chipped away.

Notes: The Islanders' power play was 1-5, the Sabres 3-8, including the game-tying and game-winning goals...Snow allowed five goals on 34 shots. The Sabres' Ryan Miller, after a shaky first, stopped all ten shots he faced in the second and third periods combined...

Brent Sopel had a team-high 23:54 of icetime...Alexei Zhitnik led the Islanders with four shots...


ISLANDERS
FORWARDS
(45) Arron Asham-(79) Alexei Yashin-(81) Miroslav Satan
(55) Jason Blake-(16) Mike York-(7) Trent Hunter
(18) Jeff Hamilton-(17) Shawn Bates-(37) Mark Parrish
(11) Mattias Weinhandl-(28) Wyatt Smith-(49) Eric Godard

DEFENSE
(77) Alexei Zhitnik-(3) Brent Sopel
(44) Janne Niinimaa-(25) Brad Lukowich
(14) Chris Campoli-(24) Radek Martinek

GOALTENDERS
(30) Garth Snow
(39) Rick DiPietro

SABRES
FORWARDS

(26) Thomas Vanek-(19) Timmy Connolly-(12) Ales Kotalik
(55) Jochen Hecht-(23) Chris Drury-(25) Mike Grier
(22) Adam Mair-(9) Derek Roy-(61) Maxim Afinogenov
(20) Dan Paille-(28) Paul Gaustad-(29) Jason Pominville

DEFENSEMEN
(74) Jay McKeee-(8) Rory Fitzpatrick
(10) Henrik Tallinder-(5) Toni Lydman
(51) Brian Campbell-(27) Teppo Numminen

GOALTENDERS
(30) Ryan Miller
(43) Martin Biron

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 53 40 9 4 175 120 84
2 FLA 54 32 16 6 150 122 70
3 NYR 54 31 18 5 153 135 67
4 NYI 53 29 18 6 150 131 64
5 DET 54 28 18 8 136 132 64
6 BOS 54 29 19 6 159 148 64
7 TBL 53 29 20 4 140 127 62
8 PIT 53 27 19 7 138 135 61
9 NJD 55 27 21 7 122 123 61
10 MTL 55 27 24 4 147 145 58
11 PHI 53 24 20 9 127 138 57
12 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
13 OTT 56 25 25 6 157 173 56
14 CBJ 56 22 28 6 140 173 50
15 BUF 55 21 28 6 125 151 48
16 TOR 53 19 25 9 122 149 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 50 20 23 -2 43
K. Okposo 51 15 28 -9 43
F. Nielsen 53 15 19 -1 34
B. Nelson 53 20 11 -1 31
M. Grabovski 53 9 16 3 25
A. Lee 53 9 15 0 24
J. Bailey 52 9 15 4 24
N. Leddy 53 3 21 -7 24
R. Strome 42 6 15 -4 21
C. Cizikas 53 5 12 5 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 13 11 4 .918 2.27
T. Greiss 15 6 2 .929 2.24
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