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

Saturday, 02.09.2013 / 6:45 PM / News
By Travis Betts
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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

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 TBL 50 31 15 4 163 132 66
2 MTL 47 31 13 3 127 108 65
3 NYI 48 32 15 1 157 135 65
4 DET 49 28 12 9 145 128 65
5 PIT 48 27 13 8 143 124 62
6 WSH 48 25 14 9 144 124 59
7 BOS 49 26 16 7 131 123 59
8 NYR 46 27 15 4 135 111 58
9 FLA 46 21 15 10 114 129 52
10 PHI 50 21 22 7 139 151 49
11 TOR 50 22 24 4 144 155 48
12 OTT 47 19 19 9 129 134 47
13 CBJ 47 21 23 3 119 148 45
14 NJD 48 18 22 8 109 135 44
15 CAR 47 17 25 5 102 122 39
16 BUF 49 14 32 3 92 174 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 48 23 25 -1 48
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 48 9 25 16 34
B. Nelson 48 15 15 5 30
F. Nielsen 48 9 17 4 26
J. Boychuk 38 4 21 16 25
J. Bailey 36 8 14 7 22
N. Leddy 48 7 14 14 21
N. Kulemin 48 11 9 0 20
A. Lee 42 13 5 6 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 26 10 0 .912 2.42
C. Johnson 6 5 0 .870 3.38

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