NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Sunday, April 13th
(All times Eastern)
New York Islanders (33-37-11) at Buffalo Sabres (21-51-9), 5 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The New York Islanders will try to cap their regular
season with an unbeaten three-game road trip on Sunday evening when they visit
the Buffalo Sabres.
The Islanders opened the swing with a shutout victory over the Montreal
Canadiens, then outlasted the New Jersey Devils 3-2 in a shootout on Friday
night. Josh Bailey and Ryan Strome both used spin-o-rama moves to score in the
tiebreaker, while Anders Nilsson stopped 1-of-2 skaters he faced.
After New York's Frans Nielsen and Damien Brunner exchanged markers to open
the shootout, Bailey charged down the right side and cut in front before
spinning around and backhanding the disc past Martin Brodeur to put the
Islanders on top.
Jaromir Jagr then had the puck roll off his stick at the other end before
Strome, who potted a power-play goal 19 seconds into the third to tie the
game, skated down the left side and used the same move as Bailey to beat
Brodeur and send the Devils to their 17th straight shootout lost, extending an
"When you get into the shootout it's about skills competition and they do what
they do," Islanders head coach Jack Capuano said. "Obviously against a great
goaltender (like Brodeur) it's tough to beat him any other way."
Anders Lee supplied New York's other goal, Nielsen assisted on both tallies
and Nilsson stopped 25 shots as the Islanders moved to 7-2-2 in their last 11
The Islanders defeated the Sabres 4-1 at home in the most recent encounter on
March 15 for just their second victory in the past seven meetings. Nielsen and
Strome both scored and Nilsson ended with 33 saves.
The Sabres limp into Sunday's finale having lost another five players to
injury in yesterday's 4-1 setback to the Boston Bruins. That included the loss
of goaltender Matt Hackett, who had to be taken off the ice on a stretcher
midway through the third period.
Boston's Torey Krug was charging toward the net and was checked into the
crease before falling onto the outstretched right leg of the goaltender with
11:35 remaining in the contest. Hackett, who had made 20 saves, remained on
the ice and was immobilized before being lifted onto a stretcher and carted
into the locker room.
The Sabres said after the game that Hackett never left the arena and was set
to return to Buffalo with the team, although the initial prognosis was not a
"It doesn't look good right now," said Sabres coach Ted Nolan. "We'll wrap him
up as best we can, get him back home, have our doctors look at him."
Connor Knapp replaced Hackett to make his NHL debut and became the sixth
different Buffalo goaltender to see action this season. He stopped six shots
Nolan also said defenseman Christian Ehrhoff suffered a mild concussion, while
forwards Chris Stewart, Brian Flynn and Matt D'Agostini all sustained lower-
body injuries. None are expected to play today.
Cody Hodgson scored the lone goal for the Sabres, who have lost six in a row
and 17 of their last 19. Buffalo will finish the season with the fewest points
in the NHL, currently at 51.
04/13 10:49:48 ET