BUFFALO 3, ISLANDERS 0

Thursday, 10.26.2006 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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BUFFALO 3, ISLANDERS 0
Buffalo extends winning streak to ten

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By Jason Lockhart

The Sabres knocked off the host Islanders by the score of 3-0 Thursday night at the Nassau Coliseum. Ryan Miller stopped 29 shots for his first shutout of the season as the Sabres have now been victorious in their opening ten games.

Ales Kotalik put the Sabres up by one on a five-on-three power play goal at 6:09 of the first period. Jaroslav Spacek laid it across to Kotalik who one-timed it from the left point for his third of the season and a 1-0 lead.

The Sabres went up 2-0 when Maxim Afinogenov picked up a loose puck at center ice and went in all alone on Rick DiPietro. Afinogenov faked to the forehand before sliding it in on his backhand for his sixth goal of the season at 4:12 of the second period.

Buffalo got a lucky break to make it 3-0. Jason Pominville's centering pass was accidentally tipped by Radek Martinek through DiPietro's legs at 3:27 of the third period.

Quotes:
Ted Nolan:
"One thing Buffalo did really well was block shots. It was tough to get shots through on the power play when the players are right at the point getting their shin pads in the way. We needed to release the puck quicker to get those pucks through."

Rick DiPietro: "They're a good team. Their defense did a great job of keeping a lot of our shots to the perimeter. They allowed their goalie to see most of the shots and cleared away the rebounds. They capitalized on our mistakes and we just couldn't get anything generated."

Mike Sillinger: "They're not a big team or overly physical. They're just hard on the puck. They're a small team, but they compete hard for the puck whether they're in the defensive zone along the wall or in the offensive zone trying to steal the puck."


Five Stars of the Game:
1. Ryan Miller: Stopped 29 shots for his first shutout of the season.
2. Maxim Afinogenov: One goal and one assist.
3. Ales Kotalik: Game-winning goal on the power play.
4. Toni Lydman: One assist and a +2.
5. Trent Hunter: Led the team with five hits and leads the league in hits.

Stat of the Game: Teppo Numminen 22:24 of ice time.

Game Operations: The new Islanders pre-game show was debuted tonight on the new Daktronics board. The show includes interviews from the morning skate filmed by Islanders TV. FSNY's Billy Jaffe rounds out the show with his keys to game accompanied by graphics created by the game ops crew.

Slapshots: Joel Bouchard (hamstring) was the Islanders' only scratch¦Miroslav Satan and Alexei Zhitnik played under Ted Nolan when he coached the Sabres from 1995-1997¦The Sabres tied an NHL record with ten straight wins at the start of the season (Toronto Maple Leafs 1993-94).

Fans of the Game: William and Meredith Athas from Manorville both became Islanders at around the age of five before they knew each other and subsequently got married. Williams is an avid Mike Bossy fan and grew watching the Islanders during their Stanley Cup run in the 1980s and has been a fan ever since. William met his idol after Bossy signed with the Islanders earlier this month and then went around the community talking to fans. Å“It was very exciting to meet Bossy,Â? said William. Å“If there was one guy I wanted to meet, it was him. After all these years his #22  jersey is still the only one I'll wear.Â? Meredith's favorite player meanwhile is Rick DiPietro

 

ISLANDERS
Goaltenders
39 Rick DiPietro
1   Mike Dunham

Defensemen
6 Sean Hill - 77 Alexei Zhitnik
32 Brendan Witt - 24 Radek Martinek
8 Bruno Gervais - 3 Tom Poti

Forwards
17 Shawn Bates - 18 Mike Sillinger - 10 Richard Park
55 Jason Blake - 79 Alexei Yashin - 25 Viktor Kozlov
7 Trent Hunter - 16 Mike York - 81 Miroslav Satan
12 Chris Simon - 11 Andy Hilbert - 45 Arron Asham

 

SABRES
Goaltenders
30 Ryan Miller
43 Martin Biron

Defensemen
10 Henrik Tallinder - 5 Toni Lydman
51 Brian Campbell - 6 Jaroslav Spacek
45 Dmitri Kalinin - 27 Teppo Numminen

Forwards
55 Jochen Hecht - 48 Daniel Briere - 29 Jason Pominville
12 Ales Kotalik - 23 Chris Drury - 13 Jiri Novotny
26 Thomas Vanek - 9 Derek Roy - 61 Maxim Afinogenov
76 Andrew Peters - 28 Paul Gaustad - 22 Adam Mair

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - MTL 77 47 22 8 203 174 102
2 x - NYR 75 47 21 7 228 177 101
3 x - TBL 77 47 23 7 249 201 101
4 PIT 76 42 23 11 210 190 95
5 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
6 DET 75 40 23 12 220 206 92
7 WSH 76 41 25 10 223 188 92
8 BOS 76 38 25 13 201 196 89
9 OTT 75 37 26 12 218 203 86
10 FLA 76 35 26 15 190 207 85
11 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
12 CBJ 75 36 35 4 207 232 76
13 NJD 76 31 33 12 168 194 74
14 CAR 75 28 36 11 174 204 67
15 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
16 BUF 76 21 47 8 148 255 50

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 77 34 43 -2 77
R. Strome 76 16 32 20 48
K. Okposo 55 16 31 -11 47
F. Nielsen 76 14 28 8 42
B. Nelson 77 19 22 7 41
A. Lee 71 23 16 10 39
J. Bailey 65 15 23 3 38
J. Boychuk 67 8 25 9 33
N. Leddy 73 10 21 14 31
T. Hamonic 67 5 26 16 31
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 36 16 2 .913 2.42
C. Johnson 8 8 1 .889 3.08

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