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The islanders recorded a 2-game sweep against Sabers. Ilya Sorokin scores the 1st victory

BUFFALO, NY – Ilya Sorokin stopped 20 shots to score his first NHL victory and the New York Islanders beat the Sabers 3-0 to take a two-game win over Buffalo on Tuesday night. Jean-Gabriel Pageau and Captain Anders Lee scored a 7:15 goal in the first half and the Islanders improved to 5-0-3 in the last eight – the team’s longest streak in a 15-0-2 franchise -Record run in the first two months of the 2019-20 season. Lee added a clean sheet in the final second and Pageau extended his streak to four games in which he scored five goals. The 25-year-old Sorokin improved to 1-2-1 on his first start since a 25-save game with a 4-3 loss in Philadelphia on January 31st. Selected by New York in the third round of In the final He played eight seasons in his native Russia, where he won 25 or more games in each of his last four seasons and last year led the Kontinental Hockey League with nine losses. The Sabers went blank for a night after not registering a shot in a 3-1 loss to the islanders in the third period. This time they were empty of eight shots in the last 20 minutes – and even hadn’t allowed a goal. The Islanders’ coach Barry Defenseless succeeded in challenging the offside and negating Victor Olofsson’s power play goal at 6:59. Repetitions clearly showed that Sabers captain Jack Eichel entered the zone 22 seconds before the puck. The Sabers fell 3-1 in their last five games and lost three in a row. Goalkeeper Carter Hutton stopped 21 shots. Buffalo played consecutive nights after a two-week hiatus forced by coronavirus that saw up to nine players test positive for COVID-19. Although rust was less of a concern on Tuesday, much of the game was similar to many previous Sabers games. They gave up the first goal for the ninth time in 12 games and were 2-0 back for the second time in a row after the first half. Lee opened the scoring at 4:43 by completing a perfect series of passes. Josh Bailey, on the right boards just outside the blue line, initiated the puck chipping to hit Noah Dobson with one blow. Dobson won the zone and then fed an open lee with a pass that snapped it into place on the open left. The islanders caught the Sabers with flat feet on Pageau’s gate about seven minutes later. Ryan Pulock, by his own end, fed Pageau at the Sabers blue line where he got a quick step on defenseman Colin Miller. Pageau went up the left side and fired a shot that seemed to tip Miller’s outstretched stick, knocking Hutton up on the other side. Sorokin was keen to stop Taylor Hall’s backhand player on a 12:21 breakaway in the first period. His best save came at 9:30 when he threw out his right pad to stop a one-timer from Sam Reinhart who was standing alone at the left post. ISLES MILESTONES Bailey had two assists to boost his career to 329, and one ahead of Patrick Flatley, finishing seventh on the Islanders list. Nick Leddy’s support for Pageau’s goal was his 176th, placing him one ahead of Kenny Jonsson to fourth on the team’s career list among defenders. LINEUPS Islanders: LW Anthony Beauvillier returned after missing nine games with a lower body injury. Leo Komarov was a healthy scratch. Sabers: The Sabers welcomed defender Jake McCabe back to the line-up while strong Rasmus Ristolainen was among five players to be removed from the COVID list. Center Casey Mittelstadt remains the only Buffalo player on the list. F Rasmus Asplund played after being called up by the taxi squad. REDUCTION PLAN The NHL, which postponed Buffalo’s two games against Washington to March 15 and April 9, is further tightening the Sabers schedule by taking away two of their four remaining multi-day breaks. The Sabers are currently playing 28 games in 48 days before taking a two-day break on April 4th and 5th. UP NEXT Sabers: Open trip with four games beginning at the Washington Capitals on Thursday. Islanders: A two-game series opening with the Pittsburgh Penguins Thursday. ___ More AP NHL: https://apnews.com/hub/NHL and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports John Wawrow, The Associated Press

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