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Islanders, finally returning to action, blow out Sabres

Mathew Barzal, playing his first game following a stint in COVID-19 protocol, scored the New York Islanders’ first goal and added two assists Thursday night as the hosts cruised to a 4-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres in Elmont, N.Y.

The three-point game was the first of the season for Barzal, who missed the previous three games.

New York’s Kieffer Bellows scored the game-winning goal and contributed an assist.If you have any inquiries relating to where and the best ways to use slot gacor gampang menang, you can contact us at our own web site. Anders Lee and Noah Dobson also scored for the Islanders, who played for the first time since a 4-3 shootout loss to the Vegas Golden Knights on Dec. 19.

Islanders goalie Semyon Varlamov made 36 saves.

Kyle Okposo, who spent the first nine seasons of his career with the Islanders, scored for the Sabres, who lost both ends of a back-to-back set.Buffalo, which fell 4-3 to the visiting New Jersey Devils on Wednesday, has dropped three straight (0-2-1).

Sabers goalie Malcolm Subban recorded 28 saves.

Barzal opened the scoring by taking a drop pass from Josh Bailey, winding up and firing a shot beyond Subban, who had four teammates near or in the faceoff circles, at 12:35 of the first period.

Matt Martin was whistled for tripping to set up the Sabres’ game-tying power play goal with exactly one minute left in the first.Varlamov deflected a shot by Victor Olofsson, and Brett Murray’s attempt to swipe at the rebound bounced to Okposo, who tucked a shot into the open corner of the net.

Bellows collected the go-ahead goal in impressive fashion 6:45 into the second. The left winger raced up the right side of the ice, drew defensemen Henri Jokiharju and Rasmus Dahlin into the slot, and instead of dishing to an open Jean-Gabriel Pageau, fired a shot past Subban.

A goalie interference call on Anders Bjork set up the power play that yielded Lee’s goal fewer than five minutes later.Bellows’ pass into the crease glanced off the skate of Lee, who was surrounded by four Sabres yet still managed to collect the puck and backhand the shot beyond Subban’s glove at 11:25 of the second.

Dobson added an insurance goal at 11:43 of the third, when his shot from just inside the blue line glanced off Subban’s pads and trickled between his legs.

—Field Level Media


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