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Live Updates - Islanders vs. Sabres

by Staff Writer / New York Islanders

Live Updates

New York Islanders vs. Buffalo Sabres
Saturday Mar. 15 2014 - 7:00 p.m. - Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY
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3rd Period:
0:56 - BUF PP goal. Tyler Ennis wraps the puck around Anders Nilsson and puts the Sabres on the board early in the third period. Islanders lead 2-1.

1:35 - NYI GOAL! Ryan Strome is sprung by Matt Martin for a breakaway. Strome's initial shot is stopped by Enroth, but the rookies pots his own rebound. Islanders lead 3-1!

4:05 - BUF PP (Calvin de Haan - Two Minutes High-Sticking) Isles PK 3-for-4

10:08 - Islanders lead 3-1 with 9:52 to play. Shots are even at 31 apiece.

12:56 - BUF PP (Cal Clutterbuck - Two Minutes Tripping) Isles PK 4-for-5

2nd Period:
6:44 - Shows are 3-3 in the second period so far (17-13 Sabres overall). Islanders lead 2-0.

10:00 - No score in the second period. Isles lead shots 5-4 in the middle frame, but the Sabres lead 18-15 overall. Islanders lead 2-0.

14:27 - NYI PP (Mike Weber - Two Minutes Interference) Islanders PP 1-for-1 tonight.

19:08 - BUF PP (Matt Martin - Two Minutes Roughing) Isles PK 3-for-3 tonight. Jamie McBain gives Matt Martin a shot out the vision of the referee, Martin gets whistled for the retaliation.

19:08 - Colin McDonald and Henrik Tallinder each get two minutes for cross-checking. McDonald and Tallinder almost come to blows.

END OF 2ND PERIOD: Islanders 2, Sabres 0. Shots tied 24-24

1st Period:
3:31 - NYI GOAL! Frans Nielsen winds, shoots and scores his 22nd of the season, blasting a shot off of Jhonas Enroth and in. Islanders lead 1-0.

5:35 - BUF PP (Matt Carkner - Two Minutes Hooking) Isles head to their first PK

9:15 - Matt Carkner and John Scott drop the gloves and scrap in the Islanders zone. Carkner looks small compared to Scott, but lands some big shots. Both go off for fighting majors.

10:25 - BUF PP (Thomas Hickey - Two Minutes High-Sticking) Isles PK 1-for-1

16:13 - NYI PP (Henrik Tallinder - Two Minutes Holding) Isles heading to their first PP

17:24 - NYI PP GOAL! Kyle Okposo gets a feed in the slot and fires a shot to the bottom corner past Enroth. Islanders lead 2-0.

17:54 - BUF PP (Calvin de Haan - Two Minutes Tripping) Isles PK 2-for-2

END OF 1ST PERIOD: Islanders 2, Sabres 0. Sabres lead shots 14-10

The Islanders and Sabres meet for the first time since October. Both rosters have changed dramatically from the early-season meeting, as the Islanders are carrying nine rookies and the Sabres only have 10 players from opening night. The biggest change for the Sabres comes in goal, as Ryan Miller was dealt to the St. Louis Blues after 11 seasons in Buffalo.

Lineup Notes/Changes: Anders Nilsson in goal; Matt Carkner in for Matt Donovan on the blueline. Same forwards.

Nilsson Starts: Anders Nilsson gets the start for the Islanders in goal.

Lee: Anders Lee has points in four of his last five games and has nine points (six goals, three assists) in eight games this season.

Okposo: Kyle Okposo leads the Islanders with 67 points this season (26 goals, 41 assists). Okposo overtook the injured John Tavares for the scoring lead with two assists Friday night against San Jose. Okposo is riding a three-game point streak (one goal, five assists).

Shooting Gallery: The Islanders have outshot their opponents in 10 of their last 12 games.

No More Miller: Former Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller was in goal for Buffalo’s last five wins against the Islanders. The last Sabres goalie to beat the Islanders – other than Miller – was Patrick Lalime on Columbus Day in 2008.

Drew Stafford: The eighth-year Sabre is now the longest-tenured player in Buffalo. Stafford is on a three-game scoring streak.

Cory Conacher: After being claimed off waivers from the Ottawa Senators last week, Conacher has recorded two assists. Conacher played his college hockey at Canisius College in Buffalo.

Michal Neuvirth:
Record a career-high 51 saves in Thursday's 4-2 defeat in Carolina. He has a .949 SV% in two games with Buffalo.

Tyler Ennis: Tyler Ennis leads the Sabres with 17 goals and is closing in on his second 20-goal campaign of his five-year career. The small [5’9], but speedy forward is tied with Cody Hodgson for the team lead in scoring with 35 points. Ennis is currently riding a three-game point streak (one goal, two assists) and had a goal against the Islanders earlier this season.

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