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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 MTL 65 41 18 6 175 146 88
2 NYI 66 42 21 3 211 185 87
3 TBL 66 40 20 6 217 173 86
4 NYR 63 39 17 7 197 155 85
5 DET 62 36 15 11 182 160 83
6 PIT 63 36 18 9 182 158 81
7 WSH 66 35 21 10 194 164 80
8 BOS 63 31 22 10 168 165 72
9 FLA 65 28 23 14 159 185 70
10 PHI 65 28 25 12 173 187 68
11 OTT 62 28 23 11 176 167 67
12 NJD 64 27 27 10 144 165 64
13 TOR 65 26 34 5 175 199 57
14 CBJ 63 26 33 4 163 201 56
15 CAR 62 24 31 7 144 167 55
16 BUF 64 19 40 5 123 215 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
N. Bjugstad 65 22 17 -8 39
J. Huberdeau 62 10 28 2 38
J. Jokinen 64 6 29 0 35
A. Ekblad 65 11 23 7 34
B. Boyes 63 11 21 9 32
J. Jagr 60 12 19 -10 31
J. Hayes 56 17 12 -5 29
B. Campbell 65 3 20 1 23
A. Barkov 54 10 12 -7 22
D. Kulikov 56 3 15 -5 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 23 16 11 .921 2.37
A. Montoya 5 7 2 .888 3.08
 
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