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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)

Islanders Skate Past Sabres 4-1



Anders Nilsson stopped 33 shots and Kyle Okposo picked up a goal and an assist in the Islanders' 4-1 win over the Sabres on Saturday. The loss marks Buffalo's fifth in a row.

Goals by Frans Nielsen and 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 Ennis cut the New York lead in half early in the third. Ennis took a pass from Stafford and swept the puck past Nilsson and into the Islanders net. The Islanders answered only 39 seconds later on Ryan Strome's breakaway chance to go back up by two. Buffalo pulled Enroth with about three minutes to play and Cal Clutterbuck took advantage, scoring an empty-netter at 17:47, making it 4-1.

The Sabres are right back in action on Sunday evening against the Montreal Canadiens at First Niagara Center at 7 p.m. Hear the call on WGR 550 and the Buffalo Sabres Radio Network.

1st Period
Goals

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

Penalties
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
Goals

None

Penalties
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
Goals

0:56 - BUF - Tyler Ennis (18) (PPG) (Drew Stafford, Christian Ehrhoff)
1:35 - NYI - Ryan Strome (4) (Matt Martin, Lubomir Visnovsky)
17:47 - NYI - Cal Clutterbuck (9) (EN) (Lubomir Visnovsky)

Penalties
4:05 - NYI - Calvin de Haan (2 min., high-sticking)
12:56 - NYI - Cal Clutterbuck (2 min., tripping)
18:16 - BUF - John Scott (2 min., cross checking)

Goaltending
BUF - Jhonas Enroth (34 saves, 37 shots)
NYI - Anders Nilsson (33 saves, 34 shots)

Power Plays
BUF - 1 of 6
NYI - 1 of 3


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