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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

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.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 53 40 9 4 175 120 84
2 FLA 55 32 17 6 153 127 70
3 NYR 55 31 18 6 157 140 68
4 DET 55 28 18 9 138 134 65
5 NYI 53 29 18 6 150 131 64
6 TBL 54 30 20 4 144 130 64
7 BOS 54 29 19 6 159 148 64
8 PIT 54 28 19 7 139 136 63
9 NJD 55 27 21 7 122 123 61
10 CAR 55 24 21 10 131 143 58
11 MTL 56 27 25 4 151 151 58
12 PHI 53 24 20 9 127 138 57
13 OTT 56 25 25 6 157 173 56
14 BUF 56 22 28 6 131 155 50
15 CBJ 56 22 28 6 140 173 50
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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