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Islanders Rout Sabres 5-1

The Sabres' losing skid reached four games following Friday's 5-1 blowout loss at the hands of the Islanders. 


  • The Islanders opened the scoring 12:05 into the game on Anthony Beauvillier's 4th, a tip of Travis Hamonic's shot, for the 1-0 lead.
  • New York made it 2-0 in the 2nd period when Ryan Strome scooped up his own rebound and jammed it home.
  • Strome also picked up assist on John Tavares' power play goal at 19:21 of the 3rd. Tavares' pass in front of the net deflected off Rasmus Ristolainen's skate and past Anders Nilsson for the 3-0 lead.
  • Andrew Ladd made it 4-0 at 5:35 of the final period, going high and short-side over Nilsson for his 5th of the year. Calvin de Haan's 2nd upped the New York to five goals before Zemgus Girgensons got Buffalo on the board at 18:57 of the 3rd. Girgensons flipped a backhand shot by Thomas Greiss with Sam Reinhart parked in front.

1st Period

12:05 - NYI - Anthony Beauvillier (4) (Travis Hamonic, Shane Prince)

2:02 - NYI - Johnny Boychuk (5 min., fighting)
2:02 - BUF - Marcus Foligno (5 min., fighting)
19:24 - NYI - Shane Prince (2 min., hooking)

2nd Period

14:36 - NYI - Ryan Strome (5) (Dennis Seidenberg, Cal Clutterbuck)
19:21 - NYI - John Tavares (10) (PPG) (Ryan Strome, Josh Bailey)

2:31 - NYI - Dennis Seidenberg (2 min., hooking)
7:01 - BUF - Rasmus Ristolainen (2 min., boarding)
17:47 - BUF - Brian Gionta (2 min., holding)

3rd Period

5:35 - NYI - Andrew Ladd (5) (Travis Hamonic, Jason Chimera)
12:34 - NYI - Calvin de Haan (2) (Alan Quine, Dennis Seidenberg)
18:57 - BUF - Zemgus Girgensons (3) (Sam Reinhart, Zach Bogosian)


BUF - Anders Nilsson (27 saves, 32 shots)
NYI - Thomas Greiss (28 saves, 29 shots)

Power Plays
BUF - 0 of 2
NYI - 1 of 2

Postgame Audio
Dan Bylsma

Zemgus Girgensons

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12/23/2016 9:36PM
Islanders Rout Sabres 5-1
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12/23/2016 9:41PM
This team DOESN'T CARE!
Why should we?
12/23/2016 9:45PM
Another fine outing.......
By our one goal a game pop gun offense. It is time for a coaching change, Mr. Pegula. The message is not getting through to these over paid prima donnas.
12/23/2016 9:45PM
Christmas Message from The Sabres
Hello Sabre Fans. If you enjoyed our lack of effort in Carolina, we know you will love the way we coasted through the Islanders Game! Season's Beatings everyone! Prepare for more of the same in 2017!
12/23/2016 9:46PM
Draft pick again!!!!
Time for some major changes in this sad sack organization!
12/23/2016 9:48PM
Lots of Talk
From Buffalo players and their fans about 'knowing how good the team is'. Well, they're tied for 25th in the league with the 2nd worst offense and the 3rd worst scoring differential. They're not good - plain and simple. That'show good they are.
12/23/2016 9:48PM
Rotten To The Core
This team is the absolute joke of the league. Filled with marginally skilled players some who shouldn't be in the NHL. Coached by a Minion, Managed by an incompetent and owned by someone who has built two losing teams. I can't even watch this team on tv anymore. The thought of actually paying $ to see them play is laughable
12/23/2016 10:02PM
Tanking again??
Are we? Getting a little tired of these Buffalo teams becoming laughing stocks! Why even make the trip? Better off staying home...not going to do anything anyway
12/23/2016 10:03PM
Rob Ray, Disco Dan & GMTM
Rob Ray, the pathetic analyst, was hilarious picking apart Nilson's performance against the Isles while the offense is scoring one goal a game. The veteran players (Gionta, Moulson, Okposo, "Badgosion", Gorges, Kulikov and Gergensons) should be ashamed of themselves. The young guns are going into a funk and the vets don't answer the bell to pick this team up. Other than his first partial year with the Pens when he won the cup, Bylsma's teams were known to repeatedly disintegrate when the stakes got higher at crunch time. Often it was Crosby and Malkin scoring despite his best efforts to ruin the Pen's offense. Eerily similar to the Sabres performances. The sabres 2nd and 3rd line defensemen must be at the bottom rankings in the league and they obtained Lehner for a 1st round pick? That first round pick could be playing for the sabres now instead of AHLers Deslaurier and Moulson. The other trades weren't so hot either especially when you look at the lack of scoring and poor defense they are getting right now. Murray should be kicked to curb for a better GM. Watch, Lindy will be back within a couple years.
12/23/2016 10:04PM
Buffalo sinking
Buffalo Sabres= same song but just a different time! Inconsistencies continue to be consistent ! Frustration leads to lost of hope by fans which leads to complacency, which leads to lost of interest in this team. What a shame! We all want to desperately believe in a winner!
12/23/2016 10:33PM
my wish list . new coach and gm this season is going real bad fast..thanks for the xmas break
12/23/2016 10:53PM
What's the point of commenting? The season's over.
12/23/2016 11:05PM
bylsma must go. excuses and bs is anyone else tired of his tired interviews, his systems he talks about dont work, and he has ruined several players and is about to lose reinhart and eichel... he is an awful coach. he stunk it up in pittsburgh after his half season of success, those teams were loaded for stanley cup contentions all the yrs he was there. he cant coach. we are stuck with him because to fire him gm tim would have to admit it was a mistake...
12/23/2016 11:15PM
A new website for losers only.
12/24/2016 12:15AM
It's Ok everyone!
Jeremy White would consider this only 2 straight losses, he's so smart at everything this team is clearly a contender because Jeremy says so!
12/24/2016 12:26AM
This is pathetic
12/24/2016 1:32AM
They got their 1 goal
12/24/2016 1:38AM
Give O'Reilly the "C" Already!!!
What are they waiting for? We've already given Gionta over $12mm for what is really an over-the-hill performance these last 3 years so what is the big deal? Management should go to him behind the scenes and let him know it is time for him to "offer" the captaincy to O'Reilly. On how many teams, in NHL history, is the captain one of your least productive players? If Gionta was the leader that those who work for the Sabres and pose as legit commentators covering the team claim he is he would hand over the "C" immediately. Anything less is selfish on his part. Good teams follow the leader. Where is this team going following Brian Gionta?
12/24/2016 5:40AM
It so much fun watching both teams. I just can't wait for next year. Great Christmas presents for Schopp.
12/24/2016 8:50AM
I get up and check the standings. No more. We're at the bottom now, I guess where we belong. Pegula's may be rich but their teams are bankrupt.
12/24/2016 8:56AM
What Did You Expect?
Sabres are the same- overpaid underachieving goalie tat cost a First pick- a coach that is too laid back -Bylsma more like "Abysmal"- players need more to be used to their strengths- this whole organization is underachieving
12/24/2016 9:45AM
Hey Terry
here are two well deserving candidates to be fired - Bylsma and Murray. Sabre's season tickets are more expensive than the Bill's and the product is pathetic. To add salt to the wound, the Leafs are young, exciting, and on the rise - all without the benefit of YOUR leadership. Any hope of ending this rebuild rhetoric and actually showing progress in this lifetime? At the very least, the Ryan's provide entertainment value and haven't wasted 5 years of my time.
12/24/2016 9:50AM
Again...No Action
What is wrong with this team? The roster appears to be much better than the results we are seeing. No Action!
12/24/2016 11:05AM
Rex for Sabres coach!
nuff said
12/24/2016 11:26AM
Somewhere in a hand basket....
...and quickly. I'm afraid Coach Bylsma has lost this team, much like he did with The Penguins. Not comparing the teams, just the lowered performance of both. Sabres wouldn't be world beaters under Mike Babcock; but they wouldn't be basement dwellers either for certain. Scariest part is no one is performing well under Bylsma.
12/24/2016 12:03PM
Team is awful. They are lazy, skate down the ice on offense all bunched up like a bundle of radishes, don't pass the puck enough, and even begin to talk about their ineptitude in removing the puck from their zone. LOSERS
12/24/2016 12:31PM
they're poop
12/25/2016 12:13AM
All I want for Christmas...
Is to have the Pegulas move their two bottom dwelling, losers out of town !!!! No area deserves the disappointment the Sabres and Bills continually heap upon their fans. Oh yeah, do me a favor before they leave and fire TM the GM and Doug Waley.
12/25/2016 10:21AM
just a bad
hockey team
12/25/2016 6:18PM
Yarn needles
I've tried to be a devoted fan but I just can't take it anymore. They are putrid, pure and simple. No identity as a team unless you can call listless, uninspired, marshmallow soft an identity. Maybe next year......
12/26/2016 12:20PM
Paul Hamilton said the Sabres were playing two winnable games against the Hurricanes and Islanders. While this was true, I'm sure those two teams felt the same way against the Sabres. There are no easy teams to beat in the NHL when you have an average team like Buffalo. Hopefully, we can draft a good defenseman this year or trade a pick for one. Hopefully, Nylander will be ready to help the offense next year.
12/27/2016 1:59AM
salary cap strapped in a "rebuilt" team that is in 27th place? not to mention several players on 1 yr deals..? bylsma can not coach. we are still way tooooooo SOFT. cant win standing around the outside.. should have hired torts, he doesnt putup with this crazy soft lazy play... we need a redo on this rebuild because it a MESS.. i am sick of announcers, all of them, gr 550 excuse making for just bad hockey... players come here to have their careers killed... sick.
12/27/2016 1:44PM
Sabres are a joke
If the Bills were this bad we would be in full lynch mode by now! I hate this team, coach and GM. I will not buy any more tickets, watch games or even listen to them any more until things change! Eichel gets a pass and Watkins gets skewered I am done with WGR!
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