NEW YORK — Mathew Barzal scored 1:08 into time beyond regulation to provide the New York Islanders a Three-2 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday night time.
New York has received three of 5 to enhance to 20-13-Four. Jason Chimera and Josh Bailey additionally scored for the Islanders.
Zemgus Girgensons and Kyle Okposo scored for last-place Buffalo (9-20-Eight), which has misplaced 4 of 5.
New York entered ranked second within the NHL in targets per sport (Three.56) and whole targets (128), whereas the Sabres have been final in each classes (2.17 and 78).
Regardless of the numerous statistical disparity between the groups, the sport was, in essence, a goaltending duel as Jaroslav Halak stopped 34 photographs for the Islanders, and Robin Lehner made 33 saves for Buffalo. It marked the eighth time this season Lehner stopped a minimum of 30 photographs in a sport.
However it was Bailey who made the pivotal play, scoring his 11th objective on a snap shot with 1:09 left in regulation to tie it at 2. Bailey then arrange Barzal, an early Calder Trophy contender for Rookie of the Yr, for the game-winner.
Halak’s most essential save got here two minutes into the third when he saved the sport tied 1-all with a physique cease on Jordan Nolan’s breakaway. Minutes later, although, he was crushed by former Islanders teammate Okposo to provide Buffalo its first lead, 2-1, together with his sixth of the season.
By comparability, Lehner’s worknight began a lot earlier.
The groups went into the primary intermission with out having scored, though New York had a slight 14-11 benefit in photographs on objective, most of which occurred within the opening eight minutes because the Islanders outshot the Sabres 10-1.
New York and Buffalo continued buying and selling possibilities early within the second. Casey Cizikas fired excessive and large on a short-handed semi-breakaway 40 seconds into the interval, and Halak stopped Okposo’s wraparound try 15 seconds later.
It took till the three:41 mark of the second interval for a objective to be scored, and it got here from an unlikely supply: Chimera. The veteran Islander adopted linemate Cal Clutterbuck’s left wing drive and pushed the rebound into the web for his second objective of the season, and first since Dec. 1.
Simply greater than six minutes later, Girgensons transformed Jack Eichel’s behind-the-net feed for his third objective of the season.