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Islanders Return Home for First Time Since Playoff Clinching Shootout Win

Monday, 04.16.2007 / 8:15 AM / News
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Islanders Return Home for First Time Since Playoff Clinching Shootout Win
No. 1 Buffalo at No. 8 NY Islanders, 7:30 p.m., VERSUS

Tonight on Versus, the No. 8 New York Islanders will seek their first postseason victory at home since April 28, 2002 when they take on the No. 1 Buffalo Sabres in Game Three of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal match-up at Nassau Coliseum on Long Island.

With that said, the surprising Islanders gained home-ice advantage Saturday with a 3-2 win over the Sabres in Buffalo. The Islanders were sparked by their franchise goalie, Rick DiPietro returning for the first time since suffering two concussions three weeks ago. DiPietro made 32 saves in the win.

The Islanders will be looking to not let history repeat itself. New York failed to take advantage of similar situations in their previous two playoff appearances. They earned one road win in the first two games against Ottawa in 2003 and Tampa Bay in 2004, but did not win another contest after that in either series.

Buffalo meanwhile has not played up to its regular season NHL leading 113 points. Chris Drury scored two goals in Game One of the series and remains the only forward to score for the Sabres on a team that was known during the regular season as a scoring machine. Daniel Briere (32 goals) and Thomas Vanek (43 goals), the team’s two leading scorers, have yet to score a goal in the series.

Buffalo did lead the league in winning on the road during the regular season with a 25-12-4 mark away from the HSBC Arena. The Sabres split two visits to the Nassau Coliseum, a 3-0 victory on Oct. 26 and a 5-3 defeat Jan. 27.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 TBL 48 30 14 4 156 127 64
2 NYI 46 31 14 1 151 129 63
3 DET 47 27 11 9 139 119 63
4 MTL 45 29 13 3 123 106 61
5 PIT 46 26 12 8 138 117 60
6 NYR 44 27 13 4 134 106 58
7 WSH 46 24 13 9 137 120 57
8 BOS 48 25 16 7 126 121 57
9 FLA 44 20 14 10 107 122 50
10 OTT 46 19 18 9 126 128 47
11 TOR 48 22 23 3 142 150 47
12 PHI 48 19 22 7 130 146 45
13 CBJ 45 20 22 3 113 142 43
14 NJD 47 17 22 8 107 134 42
15 CAR 46 16 25 5 98 120 37
16 BUF 47 14 30 3 89 167 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
N. Bjugstad 44 15 12 1 27
J. Huberdeau 41 8 17 1 25
A. Ekblad 44 6 19 7 25
J. Jokinen 43 4 20 0 24
J. Hayes 36 13 7 1 20
B. Boyes 42 9 11 1 20
S. Bergenheim 33 7 9 4 16
T. Fleischmann 38 5 8 9 13
V. Trocheck 28 4 9 6 13
D. Kulikov 39 1 12 -2 13
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 17 10 8 .923 2.32
A. Montoya 3 4 2 .887 3.09
 
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