Monday, April 16, 2007
GAME 3: Sabres 3, Islanders 2.
And the home ice swings back to Buffalo with a hard fought win.
All scoring took place in the second period with Danny Briere connecting on the five on three power play. The Islanders took advantage of some sloppy defensive play late to score a goal in the dying seconds of the period.
Adam Mair opened the scoring with a sweet feed from Chris Drury on a rush, Thomas Vanek made the score 2-0 by jamming the puck into the corner of the net. The play had to be reviewed(for an awful long time) before the officials signaled for the goal.
But the two goal lead disappeared quickly as Trent Hunter got one past Miller's glove, players around the net seemed to slow up thinking that he had possession, but not Hunter. Briere's goal came afterward as Max sent two different Islanders to the box on the same rush.
Nice to see that the Sabres kept up the pressure in the third despite not finding the back of the net, hopefully a direct result of the lesson learned from the end of the second.
Things got ugly in the stands as bottles and other junk came flying onto the ice after a penalty was called on Robitaille in the final two minutes. This coming just after an Islander went crashing to the ice(dude was trying to get a call after closer look).
Buffalo won the special teams battle shutting out the Isles while picking up a ppg(Briere) though 1 for 6 isn't all that impressive and quite frankly one more late in the second or third would have slammed the door shut.
Game four is on Wednesday, hopefully Buffalo takes full control....