Anders Lee continued his early career tear with another point, while linemate Kyle Okposo continued his own seasonlong tear with a goal and an assist to reach 69 points on the season, fourth-best in the league even despite missing John Tavares since the Olympics.
Matt Carkner fought with John Scott in the first period, checking off that box in the eternal "skill or shenanigans?" lineup debate (as well as the "early minor" box).
The Isles opened scoring early and never looked back, Frans Nielsen scoring on a feed from Lee at 3:31, with help from an Okposo screen that was arguably goaltender interference. Okposo scored on the power play late in the period, again with unofficial help from Lee via the Minnesotan's unmovable screen.
After a scoreless second period, Anders Nilsson lost his shutout bid less than a minute into the third, reawakening all the Islanders' familiar third-period and two-goal-lead demons. But just 40 seconds later, a Buffalo defensive snafu allowed Matt Martin to find Ryan Strome all alone in the slot, where he walked in and beat Jhonas Elroth to restore the two goal lead.
Cal Clutterbuck finished the official scoring with an empty net goal.
Fighting and Stuff
"Yea, I can't have him running around all night and I figured get it done early. I saw him trying to hit Sunny and he got him again at the end. He didn't mean to get him at the end, he said that right away, but at that time of the game I felt I needed to take care of it right then and there."
The Islanders are back at it Tuesday, facing the Minnesota Wild and some Swiss guy who is no Anders Lee.