The Buffalo Sabres opened their first of three games in a row on Long Island with a 5-2 loss to the New York Islanders on Thursday.
Taylor Hall and Rasmus Ristolainen scored for Buffalo at Nassau Coliseum, but the Sabres were unable to come back from deficits of 2-0 and 4-1. Jonas Johansson started in net and made a career-high 40 saves.
Matt Martin tallied twice, and Noah Dobson, Anthony Beaullivier and Jordan Eberle were the Islanders’ other goal scorers. Ilya Sorokin stopped 16 shots.
All seven goals in the game were technically scored at even strength even though Buffalo’s second goal came on a delayed penalty and the Sabres pulled Johansson during the sequence. Buffalo did not have a power-play opportunity in the game and the team’s penalty kill was a perfect 3-for-3.
New York leads the eight-game season series 4-0-0.