Sabres dominated by Lehner and the Islanders, 5-1

Victor Olofsson provided the lone bright spot in the loss, scoring his first NHL goal

Derek Kramer
March 30, 2019 - 7:54 pm

Photo: Dennis Schneidler - USA TODAY Sports


The Buffalo Sabres continued their road struggles on Saturday night with another loss away from KeyBank Center. This time, the team suffered an embarrassing 5-1 loss to the New York Islanders at Nassau Coliseum. It is Buffalo's 14th consecutive loss for the Sabres on the road, with the last win coming on January 29 against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Buffalo was dominated in possession right from the start, opening the first period by getting out-shot by the Islanders, 16-8. Jordan Eberle started off the scoring with his 18th goal of the season after putting in a rebound off of Carter Hutton to make it 1-0 for New York. Hutton was busy, even dealing with several breakaways and made a save on a penalty shot against Anthony Beauvillier.

The second period did not fare much better for the Sabres either as a shot from Beauvillier deflected off of the stick of Lawrence Pilut past Hutton to make it 2-0. New York wasn't done there as Michael Dal Colle added another goal with less than a minute left in the second period to add to New York's lead, 3-0.

Just 30-seconds into the third period, the Islanders made it a 4-0 game courtesy of Ryan Pulock. The Islanders made it 5-0 thanks to another goal for Beauvillier to cap off their scoring.

The lone bright spot was for Buffalo was winger Victor Olofsson, who notched his first career NHL goal on a late power play to ruin the shutout bid for former Sabres goalie Robin Lehner. Eichel was the only other Sabres player to register a point, making the pass for Olofsson's goal.

As for Lehner, the Islanders netminder made 31 saves in the win, while Carter Hutton made 33 saves for Buffalo in the loss.


Goal Summary:

First Period:

NYI: 7:41 - Jordan Eberle (18) (Mathew Barzal, Anders Lee)

Second Period:

NYI: 8:20 - Anthony Beauvillier (17) (Devon Toews); 19:26 - Michael Dal Colle (3) (Adam Pelech, Brock Nelson)

Third Period:

BUF: 13:28 - Victor Olofsson (1) PPG (Jack Eichel)
NYI: 0:30 - Ryan Pulock (9) (Cal Clutterbuck, Casey Cizikas); 6:07 - Anthony Beauvillier (18) (Josh Bailey, Leo Komarov)


Penalty Summary:

First Period:

BUF: 12:23 - Brandon Montour (Tripping - penalty shot)
NYI: 17:38 - Casey Cizikas (Tripping - 2 min.)

Second Period:


Third Period:

BUF: 2:29 - Rasmus Dahlin (Cross-checking - 2 min.)
NYI: 13:06 - Mathew Barzal (High Sticking - 2 min.)

Shots on Goal:

BUF: 32 (8, 12, 12)
NYI: 38 (16, 12, 10)


BUF: Carter Hutton - 33 saves
NYI: Robin Lehner - 31 saves

Power Plays:

BUF: 1 for 2 (50%)
NYI: 0 for 1 (0%)

Three Stars:

  1. Robin Lehner - NYI
  2. Anthony Beauvillier - NYI
  3. Ryan Pulock - NYI

What's Next:

The Sabres return home for the final home stretch of the season, starting on Sunday against the Blue Jackets at KeyBank Center. Faceoff is set for 6 p.m. on WGR Sports Radio 550 with the Paul William Beltz Pre-Game Show starting at 5 p.m. with Brian Koziol.

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