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Islanders fall in Buffalo

Late rally falls short

Tuesday, 02.21.2012 / 10:30 PM / News
By Cory Wright
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Islanders fall in Buffalo
A late rally fell short, and the New York Islanders dropped their final meeting with the Buffalo Sabres 2-1 Tuesday night at First Niagara Center.

The Islanders gave up an early goal for the second straight game and could not overcome the early deficit against a stingy Sabres squad.

“We knew what these games were going to be like,” said Doug Weight, who was coaching in Jack Capuano’s absence due to the flu. “This is what we are going to see the rest of the way. This is playoff hockey, it’s a 2-1 affair and we were on the short end of it.”

Buffalo opened the scoring on Tyler Myers' goal at 1:21 of the first. Myers took several whacks at a loose puck in a scramble before finally beating Kevin Poulin. The Islanders responded with 14 shots in the period, but were unable to find the back of the net.

Buffalo took a two-goal lead early in the second period as Thomas Vanek finished a pass from Derek Roy beneath the Islanders goal line. Roy and Jason Pominville assisted on both Sabres goals, and the top line has recorded 12 points in their last two games.

Frans Nielsen cut the deficit in half late in the third period, slapping a shot low stick side on Ryan Miller with 5:08 left to play. Nielsen’s four goals in his last six games make him the hot hand on the Islanders and with an assist, PA Parenteau sets a new career high with 54 points(12g/42a).

“We scored a big goal in the end to stay in the game,” Parenteau said. “We battled the whole way. It was 2-0, it was hard to get to the net and Miller was playing very strong, especially in the second.”

Miller turned aside 30 Islanders shots while Poulin stopped 35-of-37 shots and looked solid after allowing two goals on five shots Monday.

“It was just a little bump in the season,” Poulin said. “I was pleased to have another opportunity right after and I think overall I was pleased with my game except we didn’t get the two points.”

The Montreal native also recorded his first career NHL point, the secondary assist on Nielsen’s goal.

Josh Bailey left Tuesday’s game with back spasms after the second period and did not return.

After three games in four nights, the Islanders have two days off to prepare to host the New York Rangers on Friday at 7 p.m.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 63 41 17 5 171 139 87
2 NYI 65 41 21 3 207 182 85
3 NYR 62 39 17 6 196 153 84
4 TBL 65 39 20 6 213 171 84
5 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
6 PIT 62 36 17 9 181 155 81
7 WSH 65 35 20 10 193 162 80
8 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
9 FLA 64 28 23 13 156 181 69
10 PHI 64 27 25 12 170 186 66
11 OTT 61 27 23 11 173 166 65
12 NJD 64 27 27 10 144 165 64
13 TOR 64 26 33 5 173 195 57
14 CBJ 63 26 33 4 163 201 56
15 CAR 62 24 31 7 144 167 55
16 BUF 64 19 40 5 123 215 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 65 30 35 4 65
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 65 14 28 23 42
B. Nelson 65 17 20 7 37
F. Nielsen 65 11 25 13 36
A. Lee 59 21 13 13 34
J. Bailey 53 13 19 11 32
J. Boychuk 55 7 23 14 30
N. Leddy 65 8 18 16 26
T. Hamonic 55 4 21 16 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 33 13 1 .911 2.47
C. Johnson 8 8 1 .889 3.08

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