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Sabres Head To The Island Looking For 2 Points

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Last Game:

NY Islanders: Feb 7 at NY Rangers Loss 4-1

Buffalo: Feb 7 vs. Canadiens Win(SO) 5-4

Record:

NY Islanders: 4-5-1

Buffalo: 4-6-1

Points:

NY Islanders: 9

Buffalo: 9

Rank In Conference:

NY Islanders: 10th

Buffalo: 14th

Power Play Ranking:

NY Islanders: 20.9(14th)

Buffalo: 16.3(21st)

Penalty Kill Ratings:

NY Islanders: 87.9(5th)

Buffalo: 77.8(19th)

Goals For:

NY Islanders: 30(11th)

Buffalo: 35(4th)

Goals Against:

NY Islanders: 34(25th)

Buffalo: 41(T-29th)

Shots For:

NY Islanders: 291(16th)

Buffalo: 337(4th)

Shots Against:

NY Islanders: 307(19th)

Buffalo: 361(29th)

Blocked Shots:

NY Islanders: 132(22nd)

Buffalo: 145(14th)

Hits:

NY Islanders: 188(23rd)

Buffalo: 231(15th)

Face-Off Percentage:

NY Islanders: 49.2(T-19th)

Buffalo: 42.5(30th)

Team Leaders:

Goals:

NY Islanders: Tavares and Grabner(5), Moulson and Aucoin(4), Boyes and Streit(3), Ullstrom(2)

Buffalo: Vanek(10), Pominville(6), Hodgson(5), Ennis(4)

Assists:

NY Islanders: Nielsen(8), Tavares(7), Moulson(6), Boyes(4)

Buffalo: Vanek(11), Pominville(8), Foligno(6), Ehrhoff, Ennis, and Hodgson(5)

Points:

NY Islanders: Tavares(12), Moulson(10), Nielsen(8), Grabner and Boyes(7)

Buffalo: Vanek(21), Pominville(14), Hodgson(10), Ennis(9)

Plus/Minus:

NY Islanders: Ullstrom and McDonald(EV), Nielsen and A. MacDonald(-1) 7 Tied with a -2 Rating

Buffalo: Vanek(+5), Sulzer and Ehrhoff(+4), Ott(+2), Kaleta, Weber, and Ennis(+1)

Penalty Minutes:

NY Islanders: Martin and Carkner(20), McDonald(19), Hamonic(10)
Buffalo: Ott(22), Scott(19), Kaleta(18), Weber(17)

Shots:

NY Islanders: Tavares(36), Grabner(32), Moulson(29), Okposo(21)

Buffalo: Vanek(42), Pominville(34), Hodgson(33), Stafford(31)

Blocked Shots:

NY Islanders: A. MacDonald(24), Hamonic(14), Nielsen and Streit(13), Grabner(10)

Buffalo: Sekera and Leopold(18), Ehrhoff(16), Leopold(12), Weber(11)

Hits:

NY Islanders: Martin(37), McDonald(30), Hamonic(19), Strait(18)

Buffalo: Ott(35), Foligno(27), Weber(25), Myers(18)

Face-Off Wins:

NY Islanders: Tavares(105), Aucoin(60), Reasoner(51), Nielsen(50)

Buffalo: Hodgson(88), Ennis(48) Ott(47), Hecht(29)

Today Starting Goaltender Matchup:

NY Islanders: Evgeni Nabokov 4-4-1 3.00 GAA .903 SV% 0 SO

Buffalo: Ryan Miller 4-4-1 3.19 GAA .902 SV% 0 SO

Notes:

Last Meeting: Feb 21, 2012 Sabres Won 2-1

Season Series: Islanders Won 2-1-1

All-Time: Sabres Lead 73-55-22

All-Time at NYI: Tied 32-32-11

After late goal, Sabres defeat Canadiens in shootout

Thomas Vanek continues to carry the Buffalo Sabres on his shoulders.

The NHL’s leading scorer jammed home his second goal of the game with 1.9 seconds remaining in regulation to tie the game, and the Sabres beat the Montreal Canadiens 5-4 in a shootout at First Niagara Center on Thursday night.

Vanek has 21 points in the 10 games he’s played and has a point in all but one game this season. His 10 goals also lead the NHL.

“He’s got the knack. He knows where to go, and when he’s riding a hot stretch, sometimes he’s unstoppable,” Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said.

With teammates Marcus Foligno, Tyler Ennis and Steve Ott all crashing the net, Vanek broke free from Canadiens center Tomas Plekanec and, as he fell to his knees, put the puck past a swarm of bodies and behind Montreal goaltender Peter Budaj.

Captain Jason Pominville’s goal in the top of the third round of the shootout gave the Sabres the extra point.

Until Vanek’s goal, it looked like the Canadiens were going to leave Buffalo with two points. Montreal took a 3-2 lead with 1:08 to play in the second period on a 5-on-3 power-play goal by defenseman P.K. Subban.

The Canadiens power play deftly moved the puck around the Buffalo zone to set up Subban’s go-ahead goal. Max Pacioretty fed defenseman Andrei Markov near the top of the faceoff circle, and Markov who then one-touched it over to Subban, whose one-timer knocked the water bottle off the top of the net. Subban has points in each of the four games he has played this season after re-signing with the Canadiens.

The Canadiens made it 4-2 after center Tomas Plekanec beat Sabres defensemen Mike Weber and Tyler Myers to the puck and put a shot past goaltender Ryan Miller 45 seconds into the third period.

Buffalo failed to convert on four power-play opportunities in the second period, including a 46-second 5-on-3 chance. The Sabres finished 1-for-7 in 11:14 of power-play time. Budaj made two big saves on Vanek in the second to help kill off that 5-on-3 shorthanded situation.

“We had a lot of chances, myself included in the second,” Vanek said. “We could’ve had two or three and I just thought to myself, ‘Maybe it’s one of those nights,’ but we just kept going and at the end, I got rewarded. As a team, we got two points that we really needed.”

http://www.nhl.com/ice/recap.htm?id=2012020141&navid=sb:recap

Rangers dominate Islanders in 4-1 victory

J.T. Miller is solving all of the problems that have plagued the New York Rangers so far this season.

OK, so that may be a bit of a stretch, but the rookie center playing in just his second career NHL game and his first at Madison Square Garden on Thursday did contribute two goals, including one on the power play, to lift the Rangers to a 4-1 victory over the New York Islanders — with his mom, grandmother and girlfriend among the 17,200 in attendance.

“I couldn’t draw that up any better,” Miller told NHL.com after finishing his second wave of interviews with the media. “I was a lot more fired up for the second goal. The first one, I didn’t know what to do.”

Miller, who was called up earlier in the week and debuted on Tuesday to positive reviews from coach John Tortorella in a 3-1 loss at New Jersey, jump-started the Rangers with his first career NHL goal 89 seconds into the game and then brought life to a reeling power play with his breakaway goal late in the second period.

The Rangers also got a first-period goal from Marian Gaborik, an empty-net goal from Ryan McDonagh and a pair of assists from Marc Staal. They held the Islanders to 0-for-5 on the power play and Henrik Lundqvist made 27 saves.

Even with all of their struggles, including a power play that is now 4-for-37, the Rangers have won four of their last six games after a 1-3-0 start. They are 3-0-0 when scoring first.

“It’s been a bumpy start for us, but we’re working really hard right now to try and correct everything,” Lundqvist said. “I thought [Thursday night] we did a lot of good things. Even the last couple of games we’ve been doing a lot of good things, but it hasn’t paid off for us. [Thursday night] we got a good start.”

The Islanders, meanwhile, dropped their third straight since winning back-to-back games over the New Jersey Devils and Pittsburgh Penguins. They have scored only three goals in the three losses, and their power play is 0-for-19 over the span. Evgeni Nabokov, who has been in net for all three losses, stopped 21 of 24 shots Thursday.

At least the Islanders may get reinforcements for Saturday’s home game against Buffalo with defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky expected to join the team for practice Friday and center Josh Bailey (knee) likely to make his season debut.

“If we came in here and held them to mid-20 in shots, I thought we’d have a good chance of winning the game,” Islanders coach Jack Capuano said. “But some guys played tentative and some guys didn’t take hits to make plays. You’re not going to win like that. You have to play for the guy across from you and next to you. I told them after the game that I was disappointed with some guys and their battle level.”

http://www.nhl.com/ice/recap.htm?id=2012020143&navid=sb:recap

This Day In Sabres History:

February 9, 1985 Perrault Nets Hatty in 6-1 win over Flames

On this Date 28 Years Ago Gil Perrault recorded his 17th and next-to-last hat trick of his career in a 6-1 win in Calgary. Two of his goals come against Rejean Lemelin and one comes against ex-teammate Don Edwards. It’s Buffalo’s sixth win in a row, and for the third straight game, the Sabres score six goals.

Injury Report:

NY Islanders: Joensuu Sports Hernia Surgery(IR/Out), Bailey Knee Surgery(IR/Out), Martinek Strained Groin/Abdominal(IR/Out), Carkner Lower Body(IR/Out), Okposo Illness(Questionable), Visnovsky Personal(Questionable)

Buffalo: Leino Strained Right Hip(IR/Out), Regehr Lower Body(IR/Out), Kaleta Upper Body(Out), Sekera Bruised Left Ankle(Questionable)

Next 5 Games:

Feb 10 vs. Boston Bruins 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

Feb 12 at Ottawa Senators 7:30 PM(MSG HD)

Feb 15 vs. Boston Bruins 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

Feb 17 vs. Pittsburgh Penguins 12:30 PM(NBC HD/TSN2 HD)

Feb 19 vs. Winnipeg Jets 7:00 PM(MSG HD/TSN HD)

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Vanek’s 2 Goal Night Power Sabres Comeback Win Over Canadiens

Thursday Night Tilt against Division Rivals Montreal Canadiens went like many games the Sabres have played in this season. The Sabres found themselves behind 3 times on the night and down by 2 goals with less than 20 minutes to play. The story would have a happier ending though for Sabres Fans thanks too the hottest player in the NHL Thomas Vanek late game heroics.

The Game didn’t start out well for the Sabres when Tomas Plekanec scored his first of 2 goals on the night when he sniped Ryan Miller high blocker side 4:11 into the game. The Sabres would quickly tie the game 14 seconds later after a hard working shift was finished off by Steve Ott. The Game would stayed tie until the 7:29 left in the 2nd Period when a Brandon Gallagher wrist shot beat a screened Ryan Miller. For the 2nd Time on the Night the Sabres quickly answered 35 seconds later when Tyler Ennis got behind the Canadiens Defense and beat goalie Peter Budaj. One of Buffalo’s ugly heads would rear it self against at the end of the 2nd Period when a PK Subban shot squeaked by Miller on a 5 on 3 Power Play with 1:28 left in the Period. Montreal would take a 2 goal lead when Tomas Plekanec scored his 2nd of night when his shot went in off of Miller’s Blocker.

Thomas Vanek would lead the comeback netting a Power Play Goal with 13:03 left in the 3rd Period lifting a back-hand past a downed Budaj on the Power Play. Vanek would cap off the Comeback scoring with 2 seconds left on the clock in a wild rugby scrum in front of the net. The Game would go too a shootout Vanek and Canadiens Rookie Alex Galchenyuk scored in the first round of the shootout. Jason Pominville netted the Game Winner in the 3rd Round and Miller would stop Brian Gionta on the final attempt. Miller got his 4th win of the season making 26 saves on the night. Budaj got handed the overtime loss stopping 36 Sabres Shots.

The Sabres will look to build off tonight’s effort when they visit John Tavares and the New York Islanders on Saturday. Puck Drop is Schedule for 7:00 PM and can be seen on MSG HD.

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