The Buffalo Sabres had everything going their way.
They were the runaway leaders in shots on net early on, getting plenty of opportunities, and then the New York Islanders took over the New Year's Eve affair. The Sabres couldn't overcome a 2-0 lead in the third period, falling to the Islanders by a final score of 2-1 at First Niagara Center.
Despite the loss, the Sabres snapped a futile streak of consecutive power play attempts without a goal, having connected for the first time in 25 attempts on Thursday night. Ryan O'Reilly took a pass from Jack Eichel for his 15th goal of the season.
For the Islanders, Frans Nielsen and Nikolay Kulemin were the goal scorers, and goaltender Thomas Greiss ended the game with 42 saves, and a save percentage of .977.
Buffalo has now lost their last three games to end the 2015 calendar year. They'll next be in action on Saturday, January 2 at First Niagara Center. The contest will start at 1 pm.
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