Islanders Win Ninth Straight In Buffalo (Highlights)
The New York Islanders have won their ninth game in a row with a 1-0 win over the Buffalo Sabres. The hottest team in hockey does it again.
Against one of the hottest teams out of the gate, the Buffalo Sabres, the New York Islanders off a back to back came to play. The team put together one of their best defensive performances in the Barry Trotz era.
Heading into the game, we received word that Nick Leddy wouldn’t be able to go. On short notice, Noah Dobson was inserted into the lineup and was paired with Johnny Boychuk. Dobson was good, and so was the rest of the Isles defense.
Derick Brassard got things started in the first period, with a goal 5:19 into the game
For the fifth game in a row Derick Brassard has a goal. Ironically, five games ago was when he was moved from center over to the second line wing with Anthony Beauvillier and Brock Nelson. The stroke of genius from Barry Trotz is shining bright with this decision.
In the second period, both teams would get a power play chance. The biggest takeaway from the period was that Mathew Barzal essentially needs his arm to get chopped off in order to draw a penalty.
Both teams were unable to capitalize on their chances and the team left the second period with a one-goal lead. In the third, the Sabres came out of the gate hot getting a ton of chances early in the period but the Isles defense eventually settled in.
Semyon Varlamov stood on his head when he had to and with only four Islanders shots in the period, the team would go on to win 1-0 and win their ninth game in a row.
Varlamov was flat out great, stopping all 27 shots against which gave him his first shutout as a member of the Islanders. The Isles are back at it on Tuesday night in Brooklyn against the Ottawa Senators.
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Winners: Semyon Varlamov, Derick Brassard, Anthony Beauvillier
Losers: Oliver Wahlstrom, Cole Bardreau, Noah Dobson