Down by a goal late in regulation, the Sabres received a tying goal from Marcus Foligno and beat the New York Islanders following a shootout on Tuesday 4-3. Ryan Miller made 41 saves in the win.
The Islanders jumped out to a 1-0 lead on Frans Nielsen's third goal of the season. Frans Nielsen tucked a shot over Miller's shoulder and inside the post to put New York ahead at 13:11 of the opening period. Buffalo responded 5:24 into the second when Tyler Ennis poked a loose puck into the New York net. Evgeni Nabokov made the initial stop, but the puck trickled behind his pads and Ennis stuffed it home.
Matt Martin put the Islanders back in front later in the period with his first of the season, but the Sabres responded 1:11 later thanks to a Thomas Vanek power play goal. Alone in front of the crease, Vanek redirected a Cody Hodgson pass into the net, making it a 2-2 game.
After Matt Moulson's power play tally put New York back in front, the Sabres tied it with a little over two minutes remaining in regulation. After Tyler Myers kept the puck in at the blue line, Foligno spun and fired a shot that ended up in the back of the Islanders net.
Following a scoreless overtime period, Thomas Vanek and Tyler Ennis beat Nabokov in the shootout. Miller allowed a goal to Moulson, but stoned Nielsen and John Tavares, clinching Buffalo's first victory of the season.
The Sabres return home on Thursday to face the Vancouver Canucks. Hear the call on WGR 550 at 7 p.m.
13:11 - NYI - Frans Nielsen (3) (Thomas Hickey, Pierre-Marc Bouchard)
1:13 - NYI - Thomas Hickey (2 min., delay of game - puck over glass)
3:31 - BUF - Mike Weber (2 min., interference)
5:47 - NYI - Bench penalty for too many men on the ice (served by John Tavares)
5:24 - BUF - Tyler Ennis (1) (Drew Stafford, Christian Ehrhoff)
8:08 - NYI - Matt Martin (1) (Casey Cizikas, Eric Boulton)
9:19 - BUF - Thomas Vanek (3) (PPG) (Cody Hodgson, Christian Ehrhoff)
8:21 - NYI - John Tavares (2 min., high sticking)
16:13 - NYI - Eric Boulton (5 min., fighting)
16:13 - BUF - Cody McCormick (5 min., fighting)
16:50 - NYI - Matt Carkner (2 min., unsportsmanlike conduct)
16:50 - BUF - John Scott (2 min., unsportsmanlike conduct)
8:44 - NYI - Matt Moulson (2) (PPG) (John Tavares, Lubomir Visnovsky)
17:59 - BUF - Marcus Foligno (1) (Tyler Myers)
5:10 - NYI - Kyle Okposo (2 min., boarding)
7:47 - BUF - Steve Ott (2 min., holding)
7:47 - BUF - Steve Ott (2 min.)
7:47 - NYI - Kyle Okposo (2 min., roughing)
9:21 - BUF - Henrik Tallinder (2 min., interference)
NYI - Matt Moulson - GOAL
BUF - Thomas Vanek - GOAL
NYI - Frans Nielsen - MISS
BUF - Tyler Ennis - GOAL
NYI - John Tavares - MISS
BUF - Ryan Miller (41 saves, 44 shots)
NYI - Evgeni Nabokov (31 saves, 34 shots)
BUF - 1 of 4
NYI - 1 of 3
1.) BUF - Marcus Foligno (1 G, 0 A)
2.) NYI - Matt Moulson (1 G, 0 A)
3.) NYI - Frans Nielsen (1 G, 0 A)