Pageaus power-play goal lifts Islanders past Sabres

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Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored a power-play goal at 15:08 of the third period to help the New York Islanders to a 3-2 win against the Buffalo Sabres at Nassau Coliseum on Monday.

Pageau capitalized on a rebound of Oliver Wahlstrom‘s shot for his seventh goal of the season.

Semyon Varlamov made 34 saves for the Islanders (9-6-3), who played the first of four straight home games.

Curtis Lazar and Sam Reinhart scored, and Linus Ullmark made 20 saves for the Sabres (5-8-2), who have lost four of five games since returning from a COVID-19 pause Feb. 15.

Lazar redirected a point shot from Henri Jokiharju to give the Sabres a 1-0 lead at 17:15 of the first period.

Buffalo outshot New York 12-3 in the first.

Anders Lee was left alone in front and faked going to his forehand before slipping the puck on his backhand under Ullmark’s left pad to tie it 1-1 at 3:56 of the second period.

Matt Martin put the Islanders ahead 2-1 with a shot from the top of the right circle at 3:01 of the third period.

Reinhart batted the puck on his backhand out of midair to tie it 2-2 on the power play at 5:48.

Varlamov made 16 saves in the third.

Sabres forward Tobias Rieder left the game at 15:38 of the first period after a shoulder-to-shoulder hit from Islanders defenseman Ryan Pulock.

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