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Sabres close out preseason with 5-4 win over Islanders

Jeff Skinner scores twice while Rasmus Dahlin nets first goal of the preseason

September 28, 2018 - 7:13 pm

Jeff Skinner scored two goals for the Buffalo Sabres and Rasmus Dahlin added two points, including his first goal of the preseason, in Friday's 5-4 win over the New York Islanders in Oshawa, Ontario. Carter Hutton turned aside 19 shots for the win in net. Robin Lehner, who got the start for the Islanders, made 11 saves and Thomas Greiss added seven saves in relief. 

The Islanders got on the board first thanks to Josh Bailey, but Zemgus Girgensons tipped a Brendan Guhle shot past Lehner 58-seconds later to tie the score at 1-1.

The teams combined for six goals in the middle frame with four of them coming courtesy of the Sabres. Casey Nelson opened things up, giving the Sabres a 2-1 lead. Shortly after, Dahlin let a wrist shot go from the point for the 3-1 Sabres advantage. An Anders Lee power play goal pulled New York back within one, but Jeff Skinner's second of the preseason, on a nice feed from Sam Reinhart, put Buffalo ahead 4-2. Skinner added another goal moments later, this time on the power play for the 5-2 lead. 

New York made it close on goals by Ryan Pulock and another from Lee in the third period, but the rally fell short in the closing minute thanks to some key saves by Hutton.


Goal Summary:

First Period:

BUF: 8:20 - Zemgus Girgensons (1) (Brendan Guhle, Jason Pominville)
NYI: 7:22 - Josh Bailey (2) (Anthony Beauvillier, Devon Toews). 

Second Period:

BUF: 2:16 - Casey Nelson (2) (Zemgus Girgensons, Evan Rodrigues). 3:42 - Rasmus Dahlin (1) (Jake McCabe, Alexander Nylander). 11:34 - Jeff Skinner (2) (Sam Reinhart, Vladimir Sobotka). 13:04 - Jeff Skinner PPG (3) (Kyle Okposo, Rasmus Dahlin)
NYI: 4:36 - Anders Lee PPG (3) (Mathew Barzal, Nick Leddy). 15:34 - Ryan Pulock PPG (5) (Mathew Barzal, Nick Leddy)

Third Period:

NYI: 15:19 - Anders Lee (4) (Thomas Hickey)


Penalty Summary:

First Period:

BUF: 10:24 - Casey Mittelstadt (2 min., slashing)

Second Period:

BUF: 4:12 - Kyle Okposo (2 min., delay of game). 14:24 - Brendan Guhle (2 min., holding). 14:44 - Jake McCabe (2 min., delay of game)
NYI: 9:34 - Tom Kuhnhackl (2 min., hooking). 12:04 - Brock Nelson (2 min., tripping). 15:54 - Brock Nelson (2 min., interference)

Third Period:


Shots on Goal:

BUF: 21
NYI: 23

Power Plays:

BUF: 1 of 3 (33.3%)
NYI: 2 of 4 (50%)


BUF: Carter Hutton - 19 saves
NYI: Robin Lehner - 11 saves. Thomas Greiss - 7 saves

Three Stars:

  1. Jeff Skinner - BUF
  2. Mathew Barzal - NYI
  3. Rasmus Dahlin - BUF

What's Next:

Buffalo opens the books on the 2018-19 regular season on Thursday, October 4 against the Boston Bruins at Key Bank Center. Faceoff on Thursday is set for 7 p.m. with Rick Jeanneret and Rob Ray on the call. The Sabres must also finalize their roster at 23 before the 5 p.m. deadline on Tuesday.

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