Tuesday night, the Buffalo Sabres won their first game of the season, a 4-3 shootout victory over the New York Islanders.
Even though the Islanders outshot the Sabres 44-34, and had the lead on three separate occasions during the night, the Sabres came back to equalize the game each time, and ultimately won the game in the 3rd round of the shootout.
After a chippy 3rd period where Buffalo Sabre’s Steve Ott went after NY Islanders John Tavares, and Ott was assessed 2 minor penalties. NY Islanders Matt Moulson responded by scoring on the ensuing power play to give the Islanders the 3-2 lead. The late Islanders goal seemed to deflate the Sabres at first, but at 17.59 of the 3rd period Buffalo’s Marcus Foligno scored on Islanders Goaltender Evgeni Nabokov on a wrist shot to once again tie the game 3-3. After both a scoreless final 2 minutes of regulation, and an extra period of Overtime without a goal, the game went to the shootout.
During the first round of the shootout, both Islanders Matt Moulson and Sabres Thomas Vanek scored. The difference maker came in the second round, as NY Islanders Frans Nielsen failed to get the puck past Buffalo Sabres Goaltender Ryan Miller, but later in the second round, Buffalo’s Tyler Ennis scored on Evgeni Nabokov. NY Islanders Captain John Tavares came up in the 3rd round and had the chance to make Buffalo win the game by scoring in all three shootout opportunities, but Ryan Miller followed Tavares’ moves and blocked his shot, giving the Sabres their first win of the season.
Three Stars of the Game
1) Marcus Foligno
2) Matt Moulson
3) Frans Nielsen