NHL: Sabres keep Islanders at bay to take series 2-1 series lead
Monday, April 16, 2007
Buffalo leads series 2-1. (Best of Seven)
The Buffalo Sabres defeated the New York Islanders Monday night to take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series in the opening round of the NHL Playoffs. Despite being rattled by a puck to the face mask in the first, Buffalo goaltender Ryan Miller put up respectable numbers, saving 20 of 22 shots faced.
After a scoreless first period, Adam Mair, at 5:17, scored the first goal for the Sabres, taking a cross-ice pass from Chris Drury, beating Islanders goaltender Rick DiPietro on the stick side. Thomas Vanek would double the Sabres' lead, pushing the puck past DiPietro's glove side that was initially ruled no good, before being reviewed Trent Hunter would answer for the Islanders less than a minute and a half later, picking up a rebound off of Ryan Smyth's shot. Just over three minutes later, at 12:56 in the second period, with the Sabres on the power play, Daniel Briere would lead the shot barrage, finally beating DiPietro to score his first goal of the postseason. With eight seconds remaining in the second, Randy Robitaille would fake a shot from the left side before moving behind the cage, passing the puck to Ryan Smyth, who was parked in front of Buffalo netminder Ryan Miller. Smyth would score to narrow the Sabres' lead to one. However, the Sabres seized and kept control of the third period, outshooting the Islanders 17-2 over the final 20 minutes while protecting their one-goal lead.
Despite losing the game, the Islanders are still very much alive in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. They will try to knot the series up at two games apiece on Wednesday, when New York will host the Buffalo Sabres once again.
|1||2nd||5:17||BUF||Adam Mair (1)||Chris Drury, Henrik Tallinder||1-0|
|2||2nd||8:38||BUF||Thomas Vanek (1)||Derek Roy, Maxim Afinogenov||2-0|
|3||2nd||9:52||NYI||Trent Hunter (2)||Ryan Smyth, Brendan Witt||2-1|
|4||2nd||12:56||BUF||Daniel Briere (1) PP||Tim Connolly, Dainius Zubrus||3-1|
|5||2nd||19:52||NYI||Ryan Smyth (1)||Randy Robitaille||3-2|
Three Stars of the Game
Wikinews regarding this Series
- Game 2 - NHL: Islanders steal one in Buffalo to even series at 1-1
- Game 1 - NHL: Buffalo overwhelms Islanders in Playoff opener
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