The New York Islanders (25-27-8) rallied, but were edged by Ryan Miller and the Buffalo Sabres (26-27-7) by a final score of 2-1 in NHL action on Tuesday night. New York now drops to 14th place in the East, while sitting seven points out of the 8thand final playoff spot.
The Isles completed a four-game season series against the Sabres on a sour note,
an early first period goal to Tyler Myers (6) at the 1:21 mark of the first period. New York finished the frame with 14 shots, but was unable to find the back of the cage.
Thomas Vanek (22) gave Buffalo a 2-0 lead, as the Sabres top line has led the offense with 12 points in the last two games. Isles center Frans Nielsen (13) snapped the shutout bid by Sabres keeper Ryan Miller at the 14:52 mark in the third period.
Nielsen now has four goals in his last six games for the Isles to continue his positive string of hockey. Setting Frans up on that goal were P.A. Parenteau and Kevin Poulin. For P.A. the right winger set a new career-high in points with 54 (12g/42a).
Poulin also had an Islestone, recording his first NHL point on the secondary assist. The Montreal-native also made 35 saves in the cage for New York.
It was reported around the third period, that Islanders center Josh Bailey left the game with back spasms after the second period and did not return to the ice.
In the good news department, the guys will have two days off to prepare for the Battle of the Big Apple as the Isles will host the New York Rangers on Friday night at 7:00 p.m.
Written on February 22, 2012
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