A late power play goal from Jean-Gabriel Pageau in the third period was the difference on Monday night in the New York Islanders' 3-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
The Sabres had their first chance on the power play a little more than halfway through the opening period when Scott Mayfield was penalized for hooking. However, Buffalo failed to convert on the man advantage opportunity despite two shots on goal.
Curtis Lazar put the Sabres on the scoreboard first with a goal late in the first period. The veteran forward re-directed a shot by Henri Jokiharju for his fourth goal of the season. Jokiharju and Casey Mittelstadt received the assists on the score that made it 1-0 Buffalo over the Islanders.
Buffalo finished the opening period with a 12-3 shots on goal advantage, while not allowing the Islanders a power play opportunity in the first.
Mathew Barzal was penalized for tripping less than a minute into the middle frame after taking Jack Eichel to the ice. However, Buffalo failed to score on their early power play chance.
Anders Lee tied the score at 1-1 with his eighth goal of the season. Jordan Eberle and Ryan Pulock were credited with the assists on the game-tying goal that came less than four minutes into the period. The Islanders captain has now scored four goals against Buffalo this season.
The Islanders recorded eight shots on goal in the second period, but failed to register a shot during their power play chance in the second. Buffalo was credited with seven shots in the middle stanza for a total of 19 through 40 minutes.
New York wasted little time in the third period to get a go-ahead goal and take a 2-1 lead over the Sabres. Matt Martin scored his second goal of the season, three minutes into the period with a shot through a screen of Sabres players in front of goalie Linus Ullmark. Andy Greene and Casey Cizikas assisted on the goal.
Sam Reinhart converted on the Sabres' third power play chance of the night to even the score at 2-2 part way through the third period. The forward's goal came late in the man advantage while Lee was in the penalty box for intereference.
Victor Olofsson and Rasmus Dahlin received the assists on Reinhart's sixth goal of the season.
However, the Islanders would convert on a power play chance later in the third. Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored to give New York a 3-2 lead with less than five minutes remaining in regulation.
BUF: 17:15 - Curtis Lazar (4) (Henri Jokiharju, Casey Mittelstadt)
NYI: 3:56 - Anders Lee (8) (Jordan Eberle, Ryan Pulock)
BUF: 5:48 - Sam Reinhart (6) PPG (Victor Olofsson, Rasmus Dahlin)
NYI: 3:01 - Matt Martin (2) (Andy Greene, Casey Cizikas); 15:08 - Jean-Gabriel Pageau (7) PPG (Oliver Wahlstrom, Nick Leddy)
NYI: 10:48 - Scott Mayfield (Hooking - 2 min.)
BUF: 4:59 - Sam Reinhart (Hooking - 2 min.)
NYI: 0:52 - Mathew Barzal (Tripping - 2 min.)
BUF: 13:25 - Riley Sheanan (Tripping - 2 min.)
NYI: 4:17 - Anders Lee (Interference - 2 min.)
Losi and Gangi Three Stars of the Game:
1.) Jean-Gabriel Pageau - NYI
2.) Matt Martin - NYI
3.) Nick Leddy - NYI
There is no rest for the blue and gold, as they are right back on the ice Tuesday night for their third game in four days. Buffalo and the New Jersey Devils will meet at the Prudential Center after their matchup this past Saturday.
The puck drops in Neward at 7 p.m. EST on the flagship home of the Sabres Radio Network - WGR Sports Radio 550. The Paul William Beltz Pregame Show gets underway with Mike Schopp and the Bulldog at 6 p.m. EST.