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Islanders top Sabres in season-ending shootout

Sunday, 04.13.2014 / 8:50 PM

Cory Wright

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Islanders top Sabres in season-ending shootout
New York Islanders 4, Buffalo Sabres 3
Three Stars of the Game
Anders Lee
1st
G: 2Shots: 6
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 17:33
Jamie McBain
2nd
Jamie McBain
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 25:41
Matt Ellis
3rd
Matt Ellis
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 8:39

Brock Nelson helped the New York Islanders end their 2013-14 season on a winning note, scoring the tying goal late in the third period and the game-decider in the shootout of a 4-3 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Sunday night at First Niagara Center.

Anders Nilsson turned aside all three Sabres shooters in the breakaway competition, as the Islanders rallied from a pair of deficits for their third straight win to end the season.

“These guys battled and got three wins on the road trip,” head coach Jack Capuano said. “I told them after the game I was proud of the way they battled for one another and there will be a lot of healthy competition moving forward.”

Anders Lee (two goals), Frans Nielsen and Josh Bailey (two assists each) dug the Islanders out of an early 2-0 deficit. Lee put the Islanders comeback in motion with a power-play goal in the final four minutes of the second period, crashing the net hard before banging a loose puck past Knapp.

The Islanders rookie then tied the score 17 seconds into the third period, beating Knapp with a backhander from the left faceoff dot. The off-speed shot fooled the Sabres goaltender before catching the far side of the net.

“You always want to end on a good note,” Lee said. “It was just a good road win. We played pretty simple for the last 40 minutes. That helped us get going because we were pretty sluggish to start.”

Torrey Mitchell had put the Sabres ahead 3-2 midway through the third period with a deflection past Nilsson. Then, with four minutes to play in the frame, Nelson gloved a puck in the neutral zone, skated into the Sabres zone and snapped a high shot past Connor Knapp’s glove to force overtime.

“I tried to use their d-man as a screen,” Nelson said. “[Evgeni Nabokov] always bugs me to shoot high glove and to shoot it hard. That was one of those times that it went in.”

Nilsson made 36 saves, including a huge skate save on Tyler Ennis during a wraparound opportunity. The win was Nilsson’s third in a row.

The game further cemented the Islanders' solid second-half road record, as the Isles posted their 17th road win in 24 tries. The Islanders finished the season with a 21-18-2 road record.

NOTES: Frans Nielsen set a career-high with his 33rd assist on Sunday, establishing new highs in goals (25), assists and points (58) this season… Josh Bailey also set career highs in assists (30) and points (38)… Travis Hamonic led the Islanders with 27:35 TOI.

scoring summary
1st Period
10:27
BUF
Jamie McBain (6) ASST: Connor Knapp (1)
1 - 0 BUF
2nd Period
07:23
BUF
Matt Ellis (4) ASST: Marcus Foligno (12), Jake McCabe (1)
2 - 0 BUF
16:37
NYI
PPG - Anders Lee (8) ASST: Frans Nielsen (32), Josh Bailey (29)
2 - 1 BUF
3rd Period
00:17
NYI
Anders Lee (9) ASST: Josh Bailey (30), Frans Nielsen (33)
2 - 2 Tie
09:51
BUF
Torrey Mitchell (2) ASST: Rasmus Ristolainen (2), Henrik Tallinder (6)
3 - 2 BUF
16:16
NYI
Brock Nelson (14) ASST: Travis Hamonic (15)
3 - 3 Tie
OT Period
NONE
Shootout
RNDBUFNYI
1T. EnnisF. Nielsen
2C. HodgsonB. Nelson
3V. Leino
penalty summary
1st Period
02:22
BUF
John Scott  Fighting (maj) against  Justin Johnson
02:22
NYI
Justin Johnson  Fighting (maj) against  John Scott
08:22
NYI
Justin Johnson  Interference against  Rasmus Ristolainen
16:17
BUF
Drew Stafford  Interference against  Matt Donovan
2nd Period
02:27
BUF
Zenon Konopka  Fighting (maj) against  Brett Gallant
02:27
NYI
Brett Gallant  Fighting (maj) against  Zenon Konopka
05:07
NYI
Matt Carkner  Roughing against  Cory Conacher
15:15
BUF
Nicolas Deslauriers  Roughing against  Matt Carkner
3rd Period
02:03
BUF
Nicolas Deslauriers  Roughing against  Scott Mayfield
02:03
NYI
Scott Mayfield  Roughing against  Nicolas Deslauriers
04:07
BUF
Nicolas Deslauriers  Fighting (maj) against  Scott Mayfield
04:07
NYI
Scott Mayfield  Fighting (maj) against  Nicolas Deslauriers
OT Period
NONE
goalie stats
Anders Nilsson
SA: 39TOI: 65:00
Saves: 36EV: 36 - 39
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 0
SV%: .923SH: 0 - 0
Connor Knapp
Connor Knapp
0-0-1
SA: 25TOI: 64:56
Saves: 22EV: 18 - 20
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 5
SV%: .880SH: 0 - 0
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