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Sabres can't solve Islanders on Thursday

WGR550
WGR550
 2021-12-31

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For the first time in 2021-22, the Buffalo Sabres met the New York Islanders. Much like 2020-21, it was the Islanders terrorizing the Sabres in all facets of the game. Tonight inside UBS Arena in Belmont Park, the home team cruised to a 4-1 victory.

The Islanders opened the scoring 6:25 into the first period when forward Mat Barzal wired a shot past Malcolm Subban. It was Barzal's sixth goal of the season.

Later in the period, though, the Sabres got themselves on the scoreboard and tied the game. On a powerplay, it was Kyle Okposo cashing in on a rebound opportunity to nab his seventh goal of the campaign.

The game stayed tied into the middle stanza before the Islanders pulled ahead. Thanks to goals from forward Kieffer Bellows and captain Anders Lee on a powerplay, the home team carried a 3-1 edge into the third period of play.

The Islanders added a fourth goal in the third period to put a bow on a workmanlike 4-1 victory over the Sabres. Scoring in the final frame for New York was defenseman Noah Dobson.

The loss was the second in as many nights for the Sabres.

GAME SUMMARY:

Losi and Gangi Three Stars of the Game:
1. Mat Barzal - NYI
2. Noah Dobson - NYI
3. Kieffer Bellows - NYI

What's Next:
The blue and gold head to Boston, Massachusetts to take on the Bruins on New Year's Day. Puck drop inside TD Garden is set for 1 p.m. EST and the Paul William Beltz Pregame Show with Brian Koziol starts at 12 p.m. EST on the radio home of the Buffalo Sabres - WGR Sports Radio 550.

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