BUFFALO — Michael Houser made 45 saves and won his second straight start for the Buffalo Sabres against the New York Islanders, 4-3 in a shootout at KeyBank Center on Tuesday.
The 28-year-old won his NHL debut against the Islanders on Monday, when he made 34 saves in a 4-2 victory. Houser hadn’t started a professional game since March 7, 2020, with Cincinnati of the ECHL.
Anders Bjork scored twice and had the only goal in the shootout for the Sabres (15-32-7), who trailed 3-1 in the second period.
Cal Clutterbuck had a goal and an assist for the Islanders (31-16-6), who blew a two-goal lead for the second straight game. Ilya Sorokin made 28 saves.
Bjork made it 3-2 on a redirection of Colin Miller‘s point shot at 17:37 of the second period, then tied it 3-3 with a shot from the right circle at 10:56 of the third.
Houser made saves against Jordan Eberle, Anthony Beauvillier and Oliver Wahlstrom in the shootout. Bjork scored for Buffalo in the second round.
Cody Eakin gave the Sabres a 1-0 lead at 15:59 of the first period.
Beauvillier responded 26 seconds later with a one-timer from the hashmarks at 16:25 to tie it 1-1.
Houser saved 20 of 21 shots in the first period.
Ryan Pulock gave New York a 2-1 lead when his point shot beat a screened Houser at 3:44 of the second.
Clutterbuck made it 3-1 with a shorthanded goal at 9:16. Sabres defenseman Jacob Bryson lost his balance in the neutral zone and Clutterbuck skated in alone and scored with a wrist shot from between the circles.