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BUFFALO 4, ISLANDERS 1

Thursday, 04.12.2007 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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BUFFALO 4, ISLANDERS 1

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By Jason Lockhart

Forward Chris Drury and defenseman Brian Campbell each notched two goals to help the Buffalo Sabres grab a 1-0 lead in their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series with a 4-1 win over the Islanders, Thursday night at the HSBC Arena.

Drury scored his 36th and 37th career playoff goals, while Campbell scored his first two, also adding an assist in the game. Dainius Zubrus chipped in with three assists.

The Islanders and Sabres were tied at one early in the second period before the Sabres scored three unanswered goals, including two on the power play. The Sabres finished 2-for-6 on the man-advantage, while the Islanders went 0-for-3 on the power play.

"I thought we played okay 5-on-5," said head coach Ted Nolan. "We did a pretty good job of shutting them down at even strength. There is a game plan we came up with and we're going to stick to it, even if it isn't pretty."

Buffalo took control in the early going, out-shooting the Islanders 11-1 in the opening period, and ultimately 35-21 in the game. Ryan Miller made 20 saves for the win, while Wade Dubielewicz - losing for the first time in five games - stopped 31 shots.

"Dubie played real well tonight," said Nolan. "He's been playing well for us since he stepped in."

The Sabres capitalized on their first odd-man rush of the game at 9:30 of the first period. Tim Connolly skated up the left-wing side before dropping a pass back to Campbell for a one-timer past Dubielewicz.

"There aren't too many goaltenders who would have been able to stop that one," said Nolan. "Dubie did all he could on that one."

The second and third periods saw the Islanders even out the shot totals and carry some of the play.

After getting hemmed in their own zone for over a minute during the early part of the second period, the Islanders countered on a rush to even the score at one, 6:58 into the second period. Jason Blake slipped a perfect saucer pass across to Asham, who blasted a one-timer past Miller for his first career playoff tally.

"Once we got our cycle going, I thought we took it to them a little," said Mike Sillinger. "We want to be responsible defensively, but we also want to play our game and get the forecheck going."

Despite gaining more chances the Islanders could not break through again, as the Sabres defense and Miller stifled their attack.

"Buffalo did a good job of protecting in front of the net," said Sillinger. "If we tried getting more of a high cycle going, we might be able to confuse them and open things up."

With 8:47 left in the second period, the Sabres took a 2-1 lead when Drury slapped a loose puck just by the glove of Dubielewicz.

"They did a good job of getting people to the net," said Dubielewicz. "We'll need to take a page from their book the next game, and get more guys to their net."

Just 1:08 into the third period, Drury struck again with a one-timer from the left circle for a 3-1 Sabres lead. Zubrus made the cross-ice pass to pick up the primary assist.

Campbell put the game out of reach with a power-play goal late in the third period. Campbell's blast from the point was a perfect roof shot for his second of the game.


Five Stars of the Game
1. Chris Drury:
Showed why he's a proven playoff performer
2. Brian Campbell: Looked more like a forward, jumping into the play
3. Dainius Zubrus: Played set-up man with three assists
4. Arron Asham: Provided the only score for the Islanders
5. Tony Lydman: Led the Sabres in ice time with 22:08


Stat of the Game: Chris Drury and Brian Campbell combined for 15 shots.

Slapshots: Arron Asham has three goals in five games against Buffalo this season...The Islanders set a new team playoff record by taking only one shot on goal in the first period...Wade Dubielewicz, Chris Campoli and Bruno Gervais made their playoff debuts...This was the Islanders' first playoff game since April 16, 2004.


ISLANDERS
Goaltenders

34 Wade Dubielewicz
1   Mike Dunham

Defensemen
32 Brendan Witt - 6   Sean Hill
3 Tom Poti - 47 Marc-Andre Bergeron
14 Chris Campoli - 8 Bruno Gervais

Forwards
94 Ryan Smyth - 18 Mike Sillinger - 7   Trent Hunter
45 Arron Asham - 27 Randy Robitaille - 55 Jason Blake
79 Alexei Yashin - 25 Viktor Kozlov - 81 Miroslav Satan
11 Andy Hilbert - 10 Richard Park - 20 Richard Zednik


BUFFALO
Goaltenders
30 Ryan Miller
35 Ty Conklin

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

Forwards
55 Jochen Hecht - 48 Daniel Briere - 29 Jason Pominville
12 Ales Kotalik - 23 Chris Drury -15 Dainius Zubrus
26 Thomas Vanek - 9 Derek Roy - 61 Maxim Afinogenov
22 Adam Mair - 19 Tim Connolly - 21 Drew Stafford

 

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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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