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Brian Rolston took the lead for the New York Islanders halfway through the third period and goalkeeper Al Montoya stopped 30 shots to secure a 2-1 victory against the Buffalo Sabres Tuesday night. The Islanders have won two consecutive away games, improving their away record that started at 0-5-2 at the beginning of the season.
Matt Moulson got his eighth goal of the season early in the game as well for the Islanders in the win against the injury-ridden Sabres, who have seven of their top players miss the game from an assortment of injuries that led to a couple players being called up from the team’s AHL affiliates.
”We showed some desperation and then (Montoya) was there when we needed him to be,” coach Jack Capuano said in an interview with FoxSports. ”We kept coming. We have to play with an attitude that maybe we didn’t play with the first couple of weeks.”
With both teams getting several shots on net, Moulson was able to put the Islanders ahead by a goal after scoring a power-play goal off a pass from Parenteau with six minutes left in the period.
After a second period that was full of scoring attempts that were not taken advantage of, Buffalo tied the game up almost two minutes into the third period off a wrist-shot from Jochen Hecht. However, the Islanders were the last to capitalize on an offensive attempt thanks to Brian Rolston, who scored his third goal of the season off an assist from David Ullstrom, leaving the final score at 2-1.
Buffalo goalkeeper Ryan Miller should be fit to practice since being concussed after a hit he received November 12 in a game against the Boston Bruins, which made him miss the past eight games the Sabres have played.
The New York Islanders travel to Illinois to face the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday, while the Buffalo Sabres stay home to welcome the Detroit Red Wings that same night.
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