Sorokin shuts out Sabers, gets first win for Islanders


BUFFALO — Ilya Sorokin made 20 saves to earn his first NHL win in a 3-0 victory for the New York Islanders against the Buffalo Sabres at KeyBank Center on Tuesday.

Sorokin is first Islanders goalie to get his first NHL win with a shutout since Anders Nilsson (March 4, 2012, 1-0 against the New Jersey Devils). 

Anders Lee scored twice and Jean-Gabriel Pageau had a goal and an assist for the Islanders (8-4-3), who swept the two-game set following a 3-1 win on Monday and extended their point streak to eight games (5-0-3).

Carter Hutton made 21 saves for the Sabres (4-6-2), who have lost three straight.

Lee gave New York a 1-0 lead for the second straight game, shooting into an open net on the rush after receiving a cross-ice pass from Noah Dobson at 4:43 of the first period.

Pageau scored for the fourth straight game to make it 2-0 at 11:58 when he got behind Buffalo defenseman Colin Miller and beat Hutton glove side from the left face-off dot.

Victor Olofsson appeared to score on the power play at 13:01 of the third period, but Islanders coach Barry Trotz challenged the play for offside, and the goal was reversed after a video review.

Lee scored into an empty net at 19:59 for the 3-0 final.

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