BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - The Sabres strung together a strong team performance Tuesday night, knocking off the New York Islanders 3-1, and earning a crucial two points in their push for a wild card spot.
Jeff Skinner put Buffalo on the board first late in the first period, tallying his 34th goal of the year. Jack Eichel won a faceoff in the offensive zone, flipped it over to Skinner who wripped a wrist shot past Robin Lehner. It was Eichel's 43rd assist of the season, which gave the capitan a career high in even stregnth points.
Bar ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/o8nQv0euYX— Buffalo Sabres (@BuffaloSabres) February 13, 2019
Hovever, Rasums Ristolainen would turn the puck over in the Sabres defensive zone with :23 seconds to play in the first period, and Casey Cizikas would beat Linus Ullmark to tie the game.
The Sabres would add to their lead in the second period when Eichel forced a turnover on the boards and sent a shot towards the net. Jason Pomminville would get the tip in off Eichel's shot as the Sabres went on to take the 2-1 lead and never look back.
The pass. ✔️— Buffalo Sabres (@BuffaloSabres) February 13, 2019
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The third period was tense at KeyBank Center, but the Sabres would get an insurance goal with 2:25 to play from Johan Larsson. Larsson played cleanup duty on a shot from Kyle Okposo to seal the victory for the Sabres.
Ullmark recorded 24 saves in the win. The Sabres will go for back to back wins for the first time since December 13th when they host the Rangers Friday night.
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