Lou Lamoriello said, before the season started, that all that matters to him is goal differential. And that wasn’t more true until tonight. The Islanders went for nine straight as they visited the Sabres. They would succeed.
First Period: All the “Action”
The first period was a classic Islanders period in terms of conceding some extra attempts against in the interest of controlling the high-danger chance game. The Sabres didn’t threaten much.
The Islanders had a little more going for them, but the only goal they were able to grab was a fluky bounce. Derick Brassard scored a goal for the fifth straight game. He forced a turnover behind the Buffalo goal and passed around the boards to Anthony Beauvillier. Beauvillier threw it back to Brassard, who hadn’t moved much. He caught goalie Carter Hutton moving from side-to-side and flicked it at him from behind, trying to and succeeding in banking it in off him.
Second Period: Not As Much Action
This was definitely the slog period as neither team got anything going. If I had to pick one, I’d say the Sabres might have had the better period, but it isn’t saying much.
The Islanders didn’t generate much offensively this period, but didn’t allow any goals and entered the third up 1-0.
Third Period: Lock It All Down
I lied, this was also a slog period. Both teams were a bit tired and kept playing the same pace as last period.
The Islanders got the better of things, for the most part, and did have a couple of near-goals that would have solidified the result, but we’ll take it when we can get it.
- The Brassard-to-second-line-wing maneuver pays further dividends.
- Semyon Varlamov came to work tonight. First shutout as an Islander.
- The Islanders continue to win back-to-backs under Barry Trotz.
The Islanders will play their first game of the season at Barclays Center when the Ottawa Senators come to town on Tuesday evening, at 7:00 p.m. Curious to see if anything comes to pass vis à vis the hits on Tom Kuhnhackl and Matt Martin.