BUFFALO — Anders Lee and the Islanders refused to container in their late-season playoff pull reduction captain John Tavares.
Lee capitalized on a span of turnovers to measure third-period goals a little some-more than 5 mins detached to keep the Islanders in the playoff hunt with a 4-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Sunday.
“Obviously, when you’re blank Johnny, it’s a tough scenario,” manager Doug Weight said. “But the guys kind of bought in to what we were articulate about and everybody’s got to collect up the slack.”
The Islanders won in their first diversion given Tavares was sidelined by a left hamstring damage in a 2-1 win over New Jersey on Friday. He’s listed week to week and, Weight said, there is no possibility the team’s heading scorer will play before New York closes the deteriorate against Ottawa on Apr 9.
With 4 games left, New York warranted its 86th indicate to in. within 5 of Ottawa for the Eastern Conference’s second furious card.
Leave it to Tavares’ linemate, Lee, to lead the offense by upping his career-best sum to 31 goals.
With the measure tied at 2, Sabres goalie Robin Lehner batted divided a shot at the net, and the puck finished up on Lee’s hang in the high slot. Lee fired it in under Lehner’s left arm with 10:41 remaining.
Lee then hermetic the feat by capitalizing on Sabres defenseman Jake McCabe’s giveaway to the left of the Buffalo net. Lee reached back for the lax puck and obscure it in with 5:27 left.
“Sometimes you’ve got to get the bounces. And they went the way in the third period,” Lee said. “When you remove a player like Johnny, you’ve got to keep it elementary and play north-south. For the many part, we did that tonight.”
Cal Clutterbuck and Joshua Ho-Sang also scored and Jaroslav Halak stopped 35 shots to urge to 3-1 given being removed from the minors.
Evander Kane, with his team-leading 27th goal, and Zemgus Girgensons scored for Buffalo in a diversion the Sabres never led.
Lehner stopped 22 shots and took the censure for how he set up Lee’s go-ahead idea scored a little over 4 mins after Zemgus Girgensons tied the diversion by converting a give-and-go with Matt Moulson.
“I’m trying to get it divided and we have that shot 100 out of 100 times if we see it,” pronounced Lehner, observant he was screened on Lee’s shot.
Lehner also didn’t like the way he was held disposition the wrong way on Clutterbuck’s goal.
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