Sabres rally to beat Islanders 4-3 in SO
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- Tyler Ennis scored in a shootout in the Buffalo Sabres' 4-3 victory over the New York Islanders on Saturday night.
The Sabres overcame a 3-0 decifit, with Nicolas Deslauriers, Zemgus Girgensons and Chris Stewart scoring in the third period to spoil Kevin Poulin's shutout bid.
John Tavares scored twice, and Nick Leddy added a goal for the Islanders.
Poulin was recalled from Bridgeport of the American Hockey League on Tuesday after Jaroslav Halak sustained a lower-body injury.
The Sabres snapped a four-game losing streak in sending New York to its second consecutive loss.
Mikhail Grigorenko set up Matt Moulson on top of the crease for the game's first chance, but Poulin squared up to stop Moulson's low shot. The Islanders scored on their second shot of the game when Leddy's slap shot from the left point beat a partially-screened Jhonas Enroth.
Drew Stafford had a pair of chances on an odd-man rush, but Poulin pushed aside the first one before stopping the rebound.
New York opened the second period on the power play after Chris Srewart hit Cal Clutterbuck after the first-period whistle. The Islanders tested Enroth three times, but were unable to score.
Tavares made it 2-0 at the 11:56 mark with his 14th of the season. The New York captain stole the puck at the left circle and caught Enroth deep in the goal with a high backhand flip.
Tavares added his 15th on a cross-crease pass from Josh Bailey at 15:05.
Poulin made a right pad save on Cody Hodgson's open one-time shot from the slot a minute later to keep the score 3-0.
Patrick Kaleta took a diving shot about 5 minutes into the third period, but Poulin was able to push it wide with his blocker.
The Sabres then scored three goals in 5:12 to tie it.
Deslauriers ruined Poulin's shutout bid with a wrist shot through traffic with 6:39 gone in the third.
Then, with Drew Stafford in the penalty box on a goaltender-interference call, Girgensons struck to make it 3-2. The Sabres center held off Johnny Boychuk with his backside and wristed a shot past Poulin for a short-handed goal at 10:01.
Stewart picked up a pass from Stafford 1:51 later, slipping the puck between Poulin's legs to tie the game at three.
Despite the Sabres' offensive outburst, Enroth might have been the star of the period in stopping all 14 Islanders shots.
Enroth made a point blank save on Bailey in the overtime period, and Girgensons was denied by Polun on a late rush.
NOTES: Halak was placed on injured reserve, retroactive to Dec. 20. ... Sabres D Rasmus Ristolainen left the game with an undisclosed injury just a minute into the second period. ... Grigorenko was recalled from Rochester before the game.