Buffalo at New York

Sabres close to dropping out of playoff spot after shutout loss to Isles


UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Yann Danis and Sean Bergenheim made it a rough night for the Buffalo Sabres.

Danis made 31 saves for his second straight shutout at home, and Bergenheim scored twice in the New York Islanders' 2-0 victory Saturday.

"I feel really good out there right now," Bergenheim said. "We backchecked well tonight, and we also skated well, too."

The Sabres remained tied with Carolina for eighth place in the Eastern Conference.

"We had plenty of chances to score, and we didn't put any in," Sabres forward Derek Roy said. "It's definitely frustrating."

Patrick Lalime made 32 saves for the Sabres.

The Islanders are 5-1-3 in their last nine games at Nassau Coliseum.

"It feels really good here," Danis said.

The Sabres took seven of the first eight shots of the game, but none of them got by Danis, nor did the other two they had in the scoreless first period.

The Islanders got on the board first at 6:13 of the middle period. On a scramble in front of Buffalo's net, Bergenheim came up with the loose puck in the left circle and sent a quick wrist shot between Lalime's pads. It was Bergenheim's 10th goal of the season, and came on New York's first shot of the period.

"There was a scramble in front, and I couldn't get to it," Lalime said.

The Sabres' best chance to tie the game came in the last minute of the period, but Ales Kotalik hit the left post while Buffalo had a 4-on-3 power play.

Buffalo put a good amount of pressure on Danis in the third period, but it was the Islanders who capitalized when Bergenheim banged in a quick pass from Frans Nielsen with 2:02 left in regulation.

"It was two quick plays," Bergenheim said, "and they both went in."


  • Islanders captain Bill Guerin skated in pregame warmups, but was not on the bench for the game, leading to speculation he had been traded.
  • With defenseman Brendan Witt suspended for five games by the NHL for elbowing Toronto's Niklas Hagman in the head, the Islanders called up Andrew MacDonald from Bridgeport to play his first NHL game.
Copyright 2018 by STATS LLC and The Associated Press. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of STATS LLC and The Associated Press is strictly prohibited.
Yann Danis prevents Ales Kotalik from smacking a rebound. Kotalik later hits the post. (Getty Images)
Yann Danis prevents Ales Kotalik from smacking a rebound. Kotalik later hits the post. (Getty Images)
Buffalo (31-25-7)0000
NY Islanders  (19-36-7) «0112
Three Stars
S. Bergenheim

Goals: 2
Assist(s): 0
Y. Danis

Saves: 31
Save Pct.: 1.000
J. Hillen

Goals: 0
Assist(s): 1

Related Video

Scoring Summary
06:13Sean Bergenheim (10), Wrist Shot. Assist: Hillen, Okposo
17:58Sean Bergenheim (11), Snap Shot. Assist: Nielsen
Penalty Summary
12:57McAmmond, 2 min, Holding
02:39Spacek, 2 min, Interference
12:55Comeau, 10 min, Misconduct
12:55Gaustad, 10 min, Misconduct
12:55Butler, 2 min, Holding
15:22Callahan, 2 min, Roughing
18:22Roy, 2 min, Unsportsmanlike Conduct
18:22Okposo, 2 min, Unsportsmanlike Conduct
18:53Martinek, 2 min, Elbowing
01:51Bergenheim, 2 min, Slashing
05:32Connolly, 2 min, Goaltender Interference
12:39Lydman, 2 min, Interference
Shots On Goal
New York791834
Patrick Lalime58:56322
Yann Danis60:00310
Power Play Conversions
Power Play
NY Islanders0-for-4
Game Information
Attendance - 14198
Referees - Bill McCreary, Frederick L'Ecuyer
Linesmen - Pierre Champoux, Vaughan Rody
Other Games
SJ 2 Final
Mon 3
Colo 1 Final
Min 2 Final
Edm 3
StL 3 Final
Pho 1
Det 0 Final
Nash 8
Wash 4 Final
Bos 3
Car 3 Final
Atl 5
Tor 4 Final
Ott 3
Fla 2 Final
NJ 7
Ana 4 Final
Dal 3