Sabres fall 3-2 in OT to Islanders after controversial review

December 27, 2017

It’s just not a Bills or Sabres game lately without a mind-numbing review going against Buffalo.

The Islanders evened the game late in the third period on a goal by Josh Bailey that first appeared to be a terrific save by Robin Lehner, but after being reviewed turned out to be in the net with Lehner’s glove holding it.

Matthew Barzal scored the overtime winner after an ankle-breaker move on Rasmus Ristolainen and a shot where Lehner didn’t seem to be in the optimal position.

The Islanders had gone through an awful stretch on the penalty kill, allowing 12 goals in their last 29 times with the man disadvantage, but Buffalo’s power play couldn’t score in four chances.

The loss dropped the Sabres to 9-20-8 on the season. Their next game is Friday night in New Jersey to face the Metropolitan division leaders.

Here are some stats from tonight’s game:

Even-strength scoring chances: New York 25, Buffalo 24

Even-strength high danger scoring chances: Buffalo 9, New York 5

Even-strength shot attempts: Buffalo 47, New York 45

Power plays: New York 0-2, Buffalo 0-4

Individual shot attempts leaders: Buffalo – Kane 8, Rodrigues 6, Okposo 5; New York – Pelech 7, Bailey 7, Tavares 6

Buffalo’s ice time leaders: defensemen- Ristolainen 27:12, Scandella 23:45, McCabe 19:24; forwards- O’Reilly 21:16, Kane 19:13, Eichel 19:03

Buffalo’s 5-on-5 corsi leaders % (offensive zone start %): Josefson 76.92 (50.00), Nolan 76.92 (50.00), Larsson 76.92 (50.00)

Buffalo’s worst 5-on-5 corsi % (offensive zone start %): O’Reilly 37.04 (62.50), Kane 40.00 (62.50), Okposo 42.86 (62.50)

Goaltending: Lehner 34 shots faced, 31 saves, .912 save %

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