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Islanders Beat Sabres On The Back of Anthony Beauvillier

UNIONDALE, NEW YORK - APRIL 12: Anthony Beauvillier #18 of the New York Islanders celebrates his second period goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game Two of the Eastern Conference First Round during the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at NYCB Live's Nassau Coliseum on April 12, 2019 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
UNIONDALE, NEW YORK - APRIL 12: Anthony Beauvillier #18 of the New York Islanders celebrates his second period goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game Two of the Eastern Conference First Round during the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at NYCB Live's Nassau Coliseum on April 12, 2019 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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After a brutal Mat Barzal penalty, the New York Islanders were headed to overtime. Today, it was Anthony Beauvillier who played hero.

In a matinee showdown, it was Anthony Beauvillier who put on a clinic. Here’s how he was able to outplay some real quality players on the ice, and earn the number one star for today’s game for the New York Islanders.

The first period started perfectly for the New York Islanders. Anthony Beauvillier and Michael Dal Colle were dominant on the ice, yes Michael Dal Colle was dominant and they linked up for a goal 5:11 into the period.

This was Dal Colle’s first shot on goal in seven games and he made them pay. Talk about quality over quantity.

Dal Colle got banged up in the first, and was unable to return. He was ruled out for the game as the third period began. We’ll keep a close eye on that.

In the first period, the Isles won the Corsi battle, a theme over the last few games. They had seven scoring chances for while allowing just four. That changed in the second period.

The Corsi went from 53.85 percent down to 17.39 percent, big yikes. The Isles had three power play chances in the period but couldn’t capitalize on any of the three chances and it was Buffalo who tied the game, rather than the Isles capitalizing.

Victor Olofsson on the power play was able to tie up the game for Buffalo at the 6:11 mark of the period.  He has 14 goals on the year, technically in his rookie season, no other rookie has more than eight goals on the year.

The third period saw another early lead change in the period, this time in the Islanders’ favor. Anthony Beauvillier picked up an assist on the day with Jordan Eberle finding the back of the net.

Things got chippy between Mathew Barzal and Rasmus Dahlin. Minutes would go by before Mat Barzal went up high on him getting a late penalty. For Barzal, it was a rough time to send the Sabres to a power play. Eichel was able to capitalize and tie it at 1:46 left.

Barry Trotz couldn’t have been happy with Mat Barzal who kept the Sabres in this game. The game would go to overtime, after the late tying goal.

In overtime, Anthony Beauvillier would try to lay a hit on Jack Eichel, he whiffed badly which meant he was behind the play. He picked up the puck after an errand past and picked up the game-winner on the breakaway.

Anthony Beauvillier picked up his second point on the day, as the Islanders improved to 22-7-2. The fraudulent Islanders haven’t lost in regulation at home in 62 days. Another day, another Islanders win.

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Winners: Anthony Beauvillier, Jordan Eberle, Jack Eichel

Losers: Mathew Barzal, Linus Ullmark, Jeff Skinner

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