Islanders spoil Sabres return, extend point streak to seven


BUFFALO — The New York Islanders extended their point streak to seven and spoiled the Buffalo Sabres’ first game since Jan. 31 with a 3-1 win at KeyBank Center on Monday.

Semyon Varlamov made 20 saves, and Josh Bailey had two assists for the Islanders (7-4-3), who are 4-0-3 in their past seven games.

Victor Olofsson scored and Linus Ullmark made 26 saves for the Sabres (4-5-2), who had six games postponed due to NHL COVID-19 protocols. They were outshot 12-0 in the third period.

Anders Lee redirected Bailey’s shot stick side to give New York a 1-0 lead at 16:37 of the first period.

Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored from the right circle to make it 2-0 at 18:21 of the first.

Olofsson cut it to 2-1 on the power play at 1:40 of the second period with a one-timer from the right circle.

Brock Nelson scored a power-play goal on a redirection of Bailey’s pass at 9:49 of the second period for the 3-1 final.

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