RECAP: Brock Nelson powers New York Islanders over Buffalo Sabres

Mar 7, 2021; Uniondale, New York, USA; New York Islanders center Brock Nelson (29) talks to Buffalo Sabres center Jack Eichel (9) during the second period at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Anders Lee and Brock Nelson scored 62 seconds apart to fuel a three-goal second period Sunday afternoon for the host New York Islanders, who completed a three-game sweep of the visiting Buffalo Sabres by earning a 5-2 win in Uniondale, N.Y.

Nelson finished with two goals for the Islanders, who also beat the Sabres 5-2 in Uniondale on Thursday night and Saturday afternoon. Casey Cizikas scored later in the second and Cal Clutterbuck added a goal in the third.

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Goaltender Ilya Sorokin made 24 saves, as New York won for the seventh time in eight games (7-0-1) and improved to 12-2-2 since Feb. 1.

Jeff Skinner and Colin Miller scored in the third period for the reeling Sabres, who have dropped seven in a row (0-6-1) and are 2-10-1 since returning from a coronavirus pause Feb. 15. GoaltenderJonas Johansson recorded 25 saves.

The Islanders snapped the scoreless tie seconds after a power play expired. Jordan Eberle passed into the crease to Lee, whose shot sailed under the leg of Johansson at the 5:13 mark.

The Islanders doubled the lead following an end-to-end rush. Nelson got free in the slot, took a pass from Nick Leddy and fired a shot past Johansson.

An impressive assist by Jean-Gabriel Pageau set up Cizikas’ goal with 3:04 left. Pageau shook Jack Eichel and threaded a pass through the crease and beyond Miller and Rasmus Dahlin to Cizikas, who tucked his shot over Johansson’s glove.

Skinner scored his first goal in more than a year 5:41 into the third. He initially missed a chance to put back a shot by Curtis Lazar but controlled the puck, skated around the net and nudged the wraparound under Sorokin’s stick arm for his first goal since Feb. 29, 2020.

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Miller pulled the Sabres within one by firing a shot under Sorokin’s glove at 9:35, but Clutterbuck scored with 7:03 remaining and Nelson added an empty netter with 2:12 left.

–Field Level Media