NHL Game Summary - NY Islanders at Buffalo
(Saturday, November 22nd)
Final Score: NY Islanders 4, Buffalo 2
Buffalo, NY (Sports Network) - Andy Hilbert notched a goal and an assist, as the New York Islanders topped the Buffalo Sabres, 4-2, at HSBC Arena.
Bill Guerin and Jon Sim also scored, while Mark Streit added an empty-net tally for the Islanders, who have won four of five. Joey MacDonald stopped 35 shots in the win.
Mark Mancari and Derek Roy lit the lamp for Buffalo, whose losing streak reached a season-high five games. The Sabres have lost seven of eight overall. Patrick Lalime gave up three goals on 25 shots in the loss.
"I don't know what's going on," Mancari said. "We didn't have the good start that we wanted. We weren't moving our legs, we weren't creating chances. In the second period I thought we were better, in the third it kind of tailed off again."
With the Islanders holding a slim 2-1 lead after two periods, Guerin gave his club some breathing room. Hilbert sent a pass from the left corner to the slot for Guerin, who backhanded it past Lalime at 4:24 for the two-goal lead.
"I looked over my shoulder, I knew (Guerin) was coming down the middle," Hilbert said. "He was on his back hand, he made a great goal. It was a great goal-scorer's goal."
New York held the margin until Roy skated across the blue line with the puck into the Isles' zone, faded to the left circle and fired the puck above MacDonald's pad into the net. The goal, coming with 4:34 left, got Buffalo within 3-2.
But New York denied Buffalo the equalizer, and the extra Sabres attacker was mitigated when Thomas Vanek was whistled for holding the stick with 1:08 on the clock. Streit added his goal on the empty net with less than two seconds left to complete the scoring.
Hilbert got the Islanders on the scoreboard with a goal 14:20 into the game, but Mancari evened the contest with 1:01 left in the first period. Sim scored on the power play at the 7:41 mark of the second period for a 2-1 New York edge.
MacDonald stopped all 18 shots he saw in the second period...New York managed just two shots in the second frame...The Islanders were 2-for-5 on the power play, while the Sabres were 0-for-1.
11/22 23:40:40 ET