Live Updates - Islanders vs. Sabres 2/9/13

Saturday, 02.9.2013 / 6:45 PM ET / News
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Live Updates - Islanders vs. Sabres 2\/9\/13
Running feed of Thursday\'s contest between the New York Islanders and Buffalo Sabres

Live Updates - Islanders vs. Sabres

7:00 p.m. - Nassau Coliseum - Uniondale, NY

Pre-Game
Lots of shovels at work outside, but we're playing hockey tonight. Josh Bailey is in. Lubomir Visnovsky is in. Joe Finley, Eric Boulton and Marty Reasoner are scratched. Little bit of line shuffling tonight.

1st Period:
3:44: David Ullstrom tips a shot on goal but Ryan Miller smothers it up. Shots: NYI 3 BUF 1.

6:22: Sabres get a couple of decent chances, but we're still scoreless. Shots: NYI 5 BUF 2.

9:11: Loose puck in front of Nabokov winds up in the back of the net. Buffalo leads 1-0. Cody Hodgson got a piece, but it looks like Thomas Vanek's goal. If so, it's his league-leading 11th of the year.

11:21: They originally gave it to Hodgson in the building, but quickly changed it to Vanek. Islanders are getting shots, but not a ton of second and third opportunities. Shots: NYI 9 BUF 3

11:45: Christian Ehrhoff skating to the penalty box for tripping. First PP of the night for the Islanders. We'll probably get a decent look at Visnovsky now.

12:30: A minor penalty for kneeing to the Islanders puts us at 4-on-4 for a while.

15:43: Both teams are a very misleading 0-for-1 on the power play, since each was only 45 seconds long. Shots: NYI 12 BUF 4

19:18: John Tavares picks up a rebound while circling the net and ties it at 1-1. Guy just seems to be in the right place at the right time. Brian Strait and Brad Boyes get the assists. Good to see Boyes on the score sheet against his former team.

End 1st: NYI 1 BUF 1. Shots: NYI 15 BUF 4

2nd Period
2:34: Islanders unable to score on a power play, but definitely created some momentum, thanks in no small part to Visnovsky. Isles top unit has Streit and Visnovsky, both veteran d-men with lots of PP quarterbacking experience. Shots: NYI 20 BUF 4

6:51: Puck seems to have been in Buffalo's zone this entire period. Miller standing tall on a pair of Islanders shots just before the whistle. Shots: NYI 22 BUF 4

8:01: Evgeni Nabokov just went post to post beautifully to take away a goal on a wraparound by Vanek.

9:51: Nabokov standing tall again, this time on three whacks from the Sabres. Marcus Foligno and Tyler Ennis has the chances. This game is still 1-1. Shots: NYI 22 BUF 8

9:57: And back at the other end, Miller returns serve. The whole Islanders top line of Moulson-Tavares-Boyes had a crack at it, but nothing goes in.

11:37: Coinciding penalties to Drew Stafford and Tavares for holding. Time for 4-on-4.

12:21: Christian Ehrhoff scores off the rush to make it 2-1 Buffalo. He took a feed in the middle from Hodgson and put it top shelf over Nabokov. Still 4-on-4.

14:57: TJ Brennan goes to the box holding the stick. Islanders go to their third power play of the night. Shots: NYI 27 BUF 11.

17:35: Colin McDonald gets the crowd back into it with a goal (at even strength). He took a backhand pass from Casey Cizikas in the slot and one-timed it through some traffic. That's his first as an Islander, and the second of his career. Strait gets his second assist of the night. We're tied at 2-2.

End 2nd: NY BUF 2. Shots: NYI 29 BUF 11

Third Period:
3:20: Tavares broke in and clanked one off the post. Still tied. Shots: NYI 33 BUF 11

7:35: Deflection in front off a one-timer from the point, and Buffalo has another lead, 3-2. Alexander Sulzer gets credit for the goal. Steve Ott and Mikhail Grigorenko get the helpers.

11:16: TV Timeout. Still 3-2 Sabres. Shots: NYI 40 BUF 15.

13:57: Vanek almost just doubled his tally for the night. Forced a turnover in the Islanders zone. Pinged one off the iron.

16:03: John Tavares has a PENALTY SHOT.

16:03: Tavares just hit the post behind Miller off a backhand. Still 3-2.




New York Islanders
Forwards
26 Matt Moulson - 91 John Tavares - 24 Brad Boyes
40 Michael Grabner - 51 Frans Nielsen - 21 Kyle Okposo
41 David Ullstrom - 10 Keith Aucoin - 13 Colin McDonald
12 Josh Bailey - 53 Casey Cizikas - 17 Matt Martin

Defensemen
47 Andrew MacDonald – 3 Travis Hamonic
14 Thomas Hickey - 2 Mark Streit
37 Brian Strait - 11 Lubomir Visnovsky

Goaltenders
20 Evgeni Nabokov
39 Rick DiPietro

Buffalo Sabres
Forwards
26 Thomas Vanek - 19 Cody Hodgson - 29 Jason Pominville
82 Marcus Foligno - 63 Tyler Ennis - 21 Drew Stafford
9 Steve Ott - 25 Mikhail Grigorenko - 36 Patrick Kaleta
32 John Scott - 55 Jochen Hecht - 42 Nathan Gerbe

Defensemen
6 Mike Weber - 44 Andrej Sekera
10 Christian Ehrhoff - 3 Jordan Leopold
33 T.J. Brennan - 52 Alexander Sulzer

Goaltenders
30 Ryan Miller
1 Jhonas Enroth

A full game recap will be posted following the game.

SCHEDULE

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AWAY
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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - NYR 76 48 21 7 231 179 103
2 x - MTL 77 47 22 8 203 174 102
3 x - TBL 78 47 24 7 250 204 101
4 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
5 PIT 77 42 24 11 211 194 95
6 WSH 77 42 25 10 227 190 94
7 DET 76 40 23 13 221 208 93
8 BOS 77 39 25 13 204 198 91
9 OTT 76 38 26 12 220 204 88
10 FLA 77 35 27 15 192 210 85
11 PHI 77 31 29 17 202 220 79
12 CBJ 76 37 35 4 210 234 78
13 NJD 77 31 33 13 170 197 75
14 CAR 76 28 37 11 176 208 67
15 TOR 78 29 43 6 204 249 64
16 BUF 77 22 47 8 152 258 52

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
M. Neuvirth 1 3 1 .881 2.94

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