Buffalo at New York

Sabres get it done on power play against Islanders

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports

UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- The New York Islanders had only themselves to blame after the Buffalo Sabres rallied in the third period to beat them.

Power-play goals by Daniel Briere, Tim Connolly and Ales Kotalik lifted the Sabres to a 6-4 win over the Islanders on Saturday night.

"Again, we took stupid penalties, and again, those who did sat for a period of time," Islanders coach Steve Stirling said. "In addition, our penalty killing was poor."

Briere scored off a wrist shot from the left circle with 8:29 left, and Connolly, a former Islanders first-round draft pick, netted the winner with 5:06 remaining on a wrist shot that crossed the goal line just before the net was knocked off its moorings. Kotalik scored his second of the game with 92 seconds left.

"It appears that the teams that adjust the quickest to the new rules are the ones doing the best right now," Briere said. "You can't hold, trip, slash, or anything else to slow the guy down. You have to keep your legs moving, and you'll be OK."

J.P. Dumont, Kotalik and Jochen Hecht also scored even-strength goals for the Sabres, who snapped a two-game losing streak. Martin Biron made his season debut and turned aside 33 shots.

Former Sabres Miroslav Satan and Alexei Zhitnik scored for New York, as did Robert Nilsson and Alexei Yashin.

Rick DiPietro started in net and stopped nine of 12 shots before being replaced by eventual loser Garth Snow, who made 16 saves.

"I didn't like DiPietro's game," Stirling said. "It was one of those nights where he just didn't have it, and as soon as he let in that third goal, it was time replace him. In all fairness, we didn't help him out much on the second goal."

The Islanders took a 1-0 lead 83 seconds in when Satan finished off a rush by snapping Arron Asham's cross-ice feed high to the short side. The goal was Satan's team-leading eighth of the season and was the first shot of the game.

Satan is off to a surprisingly quick start after failing to record a point during the preseason.

Dumont tied it at 3:24 on sheer will. He stood his ground in front of DiPietro, found a loose puck, and poked it between the goalie's pads.

Zhitnik fired in a center-point slap shot on a power play to put New York back on top at 6:13.

Kotalik's power-play goal tied it 2-2 at 16:05.

The only second-period goal put the Sabres ahead for the first time. Hecht sent a seemingly harmless 35-foot shot from the left wing that got past DiPietro.

Islanders coach Steve Stirling immediately pulled DiPietro in favor of Snow.

New York stormed back in the third period to tie it 76 seconds in when Nilsson finished a passing play and scored his first NHL goal.

"It was a lot of fun scoring my first goal," Nilsson said, "but it's not worth anything if we don't win."

Yashin gave the Islanders a 4-3 lead at 7:00 with a tip-in goal.

After seeing Buffalo take the lead for good with a trio of man-advantage goals, Stirling was succinct in his evaluation of his team's penalty woes.

"We had chances to clear the puck out of the zone, and we didn't, and as a result, they scored," Stirling said. "We imploded. It's up to us to adjust, and so far, we haven't."

Biron was happy to have his first opportunity to play. Ryan Miller had played every minute of the Sabres/ first 10 games this season.

"Off the bat, I was maybe a little antsy, a little jittery," Biron said. "What settled me down was that 5-on-3 power play they had. I was just getting in a groove stopping those shots, and after that, I felt fine. What also helped is the guys battled hard, and we scored some ugly goals."


  • Buffalo was 4-for-8 on the power play, while the Islanders were 1-for-5.
  • Zhitnik had a five-game point scoring streak until Thursday's loss to the Rangers. That game also stopped streaks of Satan (five games) and Yashin (seven games).
  • The Islanders were supposed to have Sunday off, but Stirling ordered a 10 a.m. practice.
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Islanders goalie Rick DiPietro has a short night after giving up three goals on 12 shots. (Getty Images)
Islanders goalie Rick DiPietro has a short night after giving up three goals on 12 shots. (Getty Images)
Buffalo  (7-4-0) «2136
NY Islanders (5-6-0)2024
Three Stars
R. Nilsson

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1
T. Connolly

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1
A. Kotalik

Goals: 2
Assist(s): 0

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Scoring Summary
01:23Miroslav Satan (8), Snap Shot - Assists: Arron Asham and Alexei Yashin
03:24J.P. Dumont (4), Snap Shot - Assists: Daniel Briere and Jochen Hecht
06:13Power Play - Alexei Zhitnik (2), Slap Shot - Assists: Robert Nilsson and Jason Blake
16:05Power Play - Ales Kotalik (5), Slap Shot - Assists: Teppo Numminen and Chris Drury
00:50Jochen Hecht (3), Slap Shot - Assist: Henrik Tallinder
01:16Robert Nilsson, Wrist Shot - Assists: Alexei Yashin and Arron Asham
07:00Alexei Yashin (7), Slap Shot - Assists: Brad Lukowich and Miroslav Satan
08:29Power Play - Daniel Briere (9), Wrist Shot - Assist: Tim Connolly
14:54Power Play - Tim Connolly (2), Tip-In - Assists: Jochen Hecht and Brian Campbell
18:28Power Play - Ales Kotalik (6), Wrist Shot - Assists: Maxim Afinogenov and Dmitri Kalinin
Penalty Summary
05:39Mair: Roughing - 2 min.
06:51Bates: Cross Check - 2 min.
14:58Briere: Interference - 2 min.
14:58Satan: Slashing - 2 min.
15:14Asham: Holding - 2 min.
16:55Tallinder: Tripping - 2 min.
17:42Biron: Tripping - 2 min.
10:35Asham: Interference - 2 min.
14:44Zhitnik: Hooking - 2 min.
03:04Tallinder: Holding the stick - 2 min.
04:48Nilsson: Hooking - 2 min.
07:49Campoli: Interference - 2 min.
14:05Zhitnik: Delay of Game - 2 min.
16:51Zhitnik: Hooking - 2 min.
19:44Fitzpatrick: Delay of Game - 2 min.
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New York151111 37
Attendance - 13226
Game Time - 60:00
Referees - Dennis LaRue, Mike Leggo
Line Judges - Tim Nowak, Mark Shewchyk
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