Gamenight: Kane scores, Sabres trail 4-1

October 7, 2017

The New York Islanders have scored three goals in under two minutes to open up a 4-0 lead over the Sabres.

John Tavares converted on a 2-on-1 opportunity that was created by Jordan Eberle after he picked off an outlet pass by Buffalo. Eberle assisted on the goal, which was the first of the season for New York. The Islanders were shut out last night in Columbus. 

The Sabres owned the first power play opportunity of the night, but failed to score. Johnny Boychuk was called for slashing after trying to disrupt Evander Kane's breakaway attempt. Buffalo also benefited from another man advantage when Jason Chimera was called for interference. The veteran knocked down Marco Scandella behind the Buffalo net, resulting in the minor penalty call. Again, the blue and gold failed to capitalize on special teams.

Robin Lehner had to make eight saves in the first period, including one on Anthony Beauvillier that nearly went in. Lehner had to reach out with his glove at the side of the net to keep the Sabres deficit at one. The Sabres collected eleven shots on Jaroslav Halak in the opening period and stopped all of them.

Jake McCabe was called for the first minor penalty on the Sabres after interfering with Beauvillier. However, the blue and gold did not allow a shot on goal during the two minutes to keep the score 1-0 in favor of the Isles. However, it was a shorthanded goal by Tavares that ignited the New York offense which would score three times in 1:43 to widen the gap against the Sabres to 4-0.

Tavares was credited with an unassisted goal after picking off a Sabres' pass and breaking the other way. The Islanders captain was able to split the two Sabres covering on defense and net his second goal of the game. Casey Cizikas scored :50 after to make it 3-0 Islanders. Andrew Ladd was credited with the only assist on the shorthanded marker. New York's third goal of the period came at even strength as Josh Bailey scored his first goal of the season. Chimera and Josh Ho-Sang were given assists on the score.

Goal Summary

First Period

BUF: none

NYI: 1:50 - John Tavares (1) (Jordan Eberle)

Penalty Summary

First Period

BUF: none

NYI: 10:16 - Johnny Boychuk (2 min., slashing). 15:02 - Jason Chimera (2 min., interference)

Shots on Goal

BUF - 11, NYI - 9