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Pageau lifts New York Islanders over Buffalo Sabres 3-2

Pageau lifts New York Islanders over Buffalo Sabres 3-2


UNIONDALE, N.Y. — Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored a tiebreaking power-play goal in the third period and Semyon Varlamov made 34 saves, leading the New York Islanders to a 3-2 win over the last-place Buffalo Sabres on Monday night.

Pageau got his seventh goal at 15:08 when he banged in a rebound after Oliver Wahlstrom’s initial shot was stopped by Buffalo goaltender Linus Ullmark. Pageau was acquired in a trade with Ottawa a year ago and scored eight goals in the playoffs with the Islanders.

‘My confidence is good. I’m trying to do my best and things are bouncing my way right now,” Pageau said. “I just have to keep going in the same direction.’

The Islanders beat the Sabres for the third straight time this season after two victories in Buffalo last week. The Islanders also moved to 5-0-1 at Nassau Coliseum, where they are playing their final season before moving to a new arena at Belmont Park next season.

‘It feels like each game that passes, each game is the biggest game,” Islanders forward Matt Martin said. ‘It’s going to come down to the wire and we have to find ways to win as we did tonight.”

Martin put New York in front 3:01 into the third, beating Ullmark with a shot from just inside the blueline for his second goal of the season.

But Buffalo’s Sam Reinhart tied it at 2 at 5:48, batting the puck out of midair past Varlamov for this sixth goal.


        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        

 

Ullmark played well in the third, denying Brock Nelson and Adam Pelech on consecutive shots in the same sequence and stopping Pageau swooping in with just over nine minutes left. Ullmark made 20 saves.

‘This is probably the most painful loss of the season for the way we were able to actually neutralize them, create opportunity but come out on the short end of the stick again,’ Sabres coach Ralph Kreuger said.

Sabres forward Curtis Lazar opened the scoring with his fourth goal 17:15 into the first. It was only the fifth time in 15 games that the Sabres scored the first goal. Buffalo outshot New York 12-3 in the opening period.

Anders Lee tied it at 1 with his eighth of the season 3:56 into the second. After Mathew Barzal kept the puck in the Sabres zone, Lee finished a solid passing sequence with Ryan Pulock and Jordan Eberle by backhanding the puck past Ullmark.

        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        

 

The Islanders have won six straight against the Sabres. The Sabres are 2-7-2 in their last 11 games overall against the Islanders.

‘This league you are going to be judged on your wins and losses, there is no mystery about that,’ Lazar said. ‘It was a hard-fought game. Obviously they are a very structured team, there is no secret about that.’

Islanders coach Barry Trotz praised Varlamov’s performance after he made 16 saves in the third.

‘Varly was huge tonight. He made some huge saves off the power play and at the end there,” Trotz said. ‘And tonight the hockey gods were in our favor with a couple of posts they hit.’

Monday’s game was originally scheduled for Feb. 2, but it was postponed because of COVID-19 issues with the Sabres.

WORTH NOTING

The Islanders are 7-1-2 this season when they score at least three goals.

INJURY WOES

The Sabres will be without defenseman Jake McCabe for the rest of the season after he injured his right knee during Saturday’s 3-2 victory at New Jersey.

The 27-year-old McCabe was diagnosed with ligament and meniscus damage, and the team said he will need six to eight months to recover. McCabe got hurt trying to hit Devils captain Nico Hischier along the boards in the third period.

Sabres forward Tobias Rieder left Monday’s loss at 15:38 of the first after a shoulder-to-shoulder hit from Islanders defenseman Ryan Pulock.

SKINNER SCRATCHED

The Sabres made struggling forward Jeff Skinner a healthy scratch for the first time this season. A 40-goal scorer two seasons ago for the Sabres, Skinner signed an eight-year, $72 million contract extension in June 2019. He scored only 14 goals in 59 games last season and has just one assist in 14 games this season.

UP NEXT

Islanders: Hosting Boston Bruins on Thursday.

Sabres: Visiting New Jersey Devils on Tuesday.

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Huge flooding in Vava‘u last week underlines Islanders’ concerns about state of infrastructure 

Huge flooding in Vava‘u last week underlines Islanders’ concerns about state of infrastructure 


Neiafu Town officer Vāvā Lapota  said the media should continue to expose damage caused by natural disasters and poor infrastructure in Vava’u. He said Vava’u was steep and it only took a day of heavy rain for damage to occur. The flooding last week worsened the damage caused by cyclone Zasu last month to the […]

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New York Islanders: The Evolution of Matt Martin

New York Islanders: The Evolution of Matt Martin

New York Islanders: The Evolution of Matt Martin

New York Islanders, Matt Martin

The New York Islanders drafted Matt Martin in the 5th round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. Since then, Matt Martin has been the staple/identity of Islanders’ hockey. Hard-hitting, physical forechecking, and a lot of chirping. Martin has grown as a player since being drafted. He went from a head-hunting enforcer to a “get in front of the net” grinder. Not only has this change impacted the Islanders positively, but also added years to his career.

Young Matt Martin played a lot like Ross Johnston does. Both of them are big bodies who stuck up for their best players. For Martin, it was John Tavares, for Johnston, it is Mat Barzal. Don’t get me wrong, Martin is still an enforcer, but he’s an offensive enforcer.

Barry Trotz has made Martin an offensive threat for the first time in his whole career. Matt Martin currently has four playoff goals, and all of them were “clutch” goals. Having a 4th liner who can score along with creating opportunities through the forecheck is huge. He can still deliver the big hits too, but not as frequent. My only criticism is that he takes bad penalties at bad times. Too many stick infractions in the closing minutes of the third. Other than that, Martin is a great player.

Sadly, Matt Martin’s contract is over with the Islanders after the season ends. Since the Islanders have to sign Mat Barzal, Devon Toews, and Ryan Pulock, the chance that Martin gets resigned is very slim. I would keep Martin over Johnston, though.

There’s no reason to break up that 4th line chemistry just because there’s a younger version of young Matt Martin. Martin should command $ 2-$ 2.5 million in free agency, close to Johnston’s contract. I’m not saying get rid of Johnston for Martin, but if that’s how it has to happen, that’s how it must happen. The 4th line is crucial to the Islanders’ success, it’s the entire identity of who the Islanders are. The Islanders must keep Martin somehow.

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New York Rangers lock in 22nd pick with Islanders advancement to ECF

New York Rangers lock in 22nd pick with Islanders advancement to ECF

New York Rangers lock in 22nd pick with Islanders advancement to ECF

The New York Rangers now have the first overall pick and the 22nd selection in this year’s NHL draft following the New York Islanders’ advancement to the Eastern Conference Finals on Saturday night.

It’s not every day that a win by the team’s arch-rivals could be a positive for the Blueshirts, but then again this is 2020 so nothing should be surprising this strange season.

Had the Islanders lost game 7 to the Philadelphia Flyers, the Rangers would have held the 23 selection in the first round.

The Rangers own the Carolina Hurricanes first-round selection this year as part of the trade that sent defenseman Brady Skjei to the ‘Canes prior to the trade deadline in February. The virtual NHL draft is tentatively scheduled for Oct. 9 and 10.

Draft order

Selections 1-27 are now set;

  1. Rangers
  2. Los Angeles Kings
  3. Ottawa Senators
  4. Detroit Red Wings
  5. Senators
  6. Anaheim Ducks
  7. New Jersey Devils
  8. Buffalo Sabres
  9. Minnesota Wild
  10. Winnipeg Jets
  11. Nashville Predators
  12. Florida Panthers
  13. Carolina Hurricanes 
  14. Edmonton Oilers
  15. Maple Leafs
  16. Montreal Canadiens
  17. Chicago Blackhawks
  18. Devils
  19. Calgary Flames
  20. Devils  
  21. Columbus Blue Jackets
  22. Rangers
  23. Philadelphia Flyers
  24. Colorado Avalanche
  25. Washington Capitals
  26. St. Louis Blues
  27. Ducks

Picks 28-31 will be filled by Tampa Bay, New York Islanders, Vegas, and Dallas based on where they finish.

General manager Jeff Gorton and team president Joh Davidson now will have to decide what to do with their second first-round selection. Some options are to use the pick to move up in the draft, include that pick with some current players or prospect and acquire a center or defenseman, or use the pick to select a prospect available.

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