Islanders shut out Sabres for ninth straight win
- The New York Islanders extended their winning streak to nine games when Semyon Varlamov made 27 saves in a 1-0 victory against the Buffalo Sabres at KeyBank Center on Saturday.
- The streak equals New York’s 9-0-0 run from Dec. 31, 1989-Jan. 19, 1990.
- The Islanders’ longest winning streak is 15 games (Jan. 21-Feb. 20, 1982).
“Everybody is playing for each other,” Islanders coach Barry Trotz said. “Make it hard on whoever we play. Play the way we need to play against a team that we are playing, because everybody is a little bit different. Understand the situation and be fully committed to doing your job well. … They know that they have to rely on each other, and they do.”
- Derick Brassard scored for a fifth straight game, and Varlamov got his first shutout with New York (10-3-0).
“I think we did a lot of good things today. The team battled all game. It wasn’t an easy one,” Varlamov said. “We scored in the first period and they were coming. They are a good team and a tough team to play against. We did an unbelievable job I would say in the penalty killing, blocking the shots. We did a lot of good things today.”
- Carter Hutton made 20 saves for Buffalo (9-4-2), which is winless in its past three games (0-2-1).
- The Sabres were 0-for-3 on the power play.
“I thought we came back after maybe our worst game of the year [Friday, a 6-1 loss against the Washington Capitals], I thought we came back tonight and we competed hard,” Sabres captain Jack Eichel said. “We put a lot on them. They’re a really good hockey team.
“You can talk about their defense, what they do, obviously they make it tough. It’s not easy. They’re one of the best defensive teams in the League for a reason, but we had our chances.”
- New York is 14-1-1 all-time in the second game of a back to back under Trotz; the Islanders won 5-2 against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Nassau Coliseum on Friday. …
- Clutterbuck played his 800th NHL game. …
- The Islanders were without defenseman Nick Leddy because of a lower-body injury.
- He was replaced by Noah Dobson. Trotz said Leddy is day to day and could practice Monday. …
- Brassard’s five-game goal streak is the longest of his NHL career. …
- The Sabres are 2-for-13 on the power play in their past five games. …
- Buffalo defenseman Brandon Montour made his season debut; he injured his hand in a preseason game on Sept. 17.
- Forward Jimmy Vesey returned after missing three games because of an upper-body injury.
Sources & Credits: Heather Engel / NHL.com, NY Islanders, BUF Sabres