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 42nd 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
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 IslandersForwards
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 MartinDefensemen
47 Andrew MacDonald – 3 Travis Hamonic
14 Thomas Hickey - 2 Mark Streit
37 Brian Strait - 11 Lubomir VisnovskyGoaltenders
20 Evgeni Nabokov
39 Rick DiPietroBuffalo SabresForwards
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 GerbeDefensemen
6 Mike Weber - 44 Andrej Sekera
10 Christian Ehrhoff - 3 Jordan Leopold
33 T.J. Brennan - 52 Alexander SulzerGoaltenders
30 Ryan Miller
1 Jhonas Enroth A full game recap will be posted following the game.