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Frans Nielsen, Jamie McBain
New York Islanders' Frans Nielsen (51) is congratulated by teammates as Buffalo Sabres' Jamie McBain (4) after Nielsen scored in the first period of an NHL hockey game on Saturday, March 15, 2014, in Uniondale, N.Y. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)

GameNight: Islanders Lead Sabres 3-1 in 3rd

The Sabres hope to avoid a fifth straight loss tonight against the New York Islanders. Buffalo welcomes Rasmus Ristolainen back to the team after the rookie defenseman was recalled from Rochester. The Isles are up 3-1 in the third period.

Goals by Frans Nielsen and Kyle Okposo put the Islanders ahead 2-0 after the first period. Nielsen's tally came just 3:31 into the game, a shot that found its way through traffic and into the Buffalo net. Okposo took advantage of a Henrik Tallinder penalty later in the period, sending a shot from the slot past Enroth for the 2-0 lead.

The two sides skated to a scoreless second period, but Tyler Ennis cut the New York lead in half early in the third. Ennis' power play goal made it 2-1, but only for 39 seconds. The Islanders immediately answered on Ryan Strome's breakaway goal to go back up by two.

1st Period

3:31 - NYI - Frans Nielsen (22) (Anders Lee, Kyle Okposo)
17:24 - NYI - Kyle Okposo (27) (PPG) (Brock Nelson, Lubomir Visnovsky)

5:35 - NYI - Matt Carkner (2 min., hooking)
9:15 - NYI - Matt Carkner (5 min., fighting)
9:15 - BUF - John Scott (5 min., fighting)
10:25 - NYI - Thomas Hickey (2 min., high-sticking)
16:13 - BUF - Henrik Tallinder (2 min., holding)
17:54 - NYI - Calvin de Haan (2 min., tripping)

2nd Period


14:27 - BUF - Mike Weber (2 min., interference)
19:08 - NYI - Colin McDonald (2 min., cross checking)
19:08 - NYI - Matt Martin (2 min., cross checking)
19:08 - BUF - Henrik Tallinder (2 min., roughing)

3rd Period

0:56 - BUF - Tyler Ennis (18) (PPG) (Drew Stafford, Christian Ehrhoff)
1:35 - NYI - Ryan Strome (4) (Matt Martin, Lubomir Visnovsky)