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October 15, 2013

Sabres rally, earn 1st win of season in SO

Foligno nets dramatic tying goal with two minutes to play.

BUFFALO —

Marcus Foligno scored the tying goal with 2:01 left in regulation and Ryan Miller stopped John Tavares in the final round in the shootout to give the Buffalo Sabres their first win of the season, 4-3 over the New York Islanders on Tuesday night.
The Sabres were on the verge of their eighth straight loss, which would've set the club's futility mark to start a season, before Foligno rescued them.
Thomas Vanek and Tyler Ennis also scored in the shootout. Miller allowed a goal to Matt Moulson in the first round, but then denied Frans Nielsen and Tavares.
Buffalo erased three one-goal deficits to end its slide. The last came after Tyler Myers kept the puck in the New York zone and got it to Foligno for a screened shot past Evgeni Nabokov.
Moulson had deflected in Tavares' shot during a power play with 11:16 remaining to put the Islanders ahead 3-2.
The Sabres (1-6-1), beaten 2-1 by Minnesota at home Monday, had never lost more than their first seven games. Buffalo started 0-5-2 in 1999 and 0-4-3 in 1990.
Nielsen and Matt Martin also scored for the Islanders (2-2-2), who dropped two on the road before returning home. Nabokov made 31 saves through overtime for New York, which recorded a season-high 44 shots.
The Islanders took a pair of one-goal leads — one in each of the first two periods — but Ennis and Vanek both scored in the second to get Buffalo into a 2-2 tie heading into the third.
Nielsen made it 1-0 in the first when he stopped hard in the left circle and snapped a drive past Miller with 6:49 remaining for his third goal.
The first period has proved troublesome for the Sabres all season as they have been outscored 10-1 in the frame and outshot 118-67. New York had a 16-11 edge in shots in the first and outshot Buffalo 32-24 through 40 minutes.

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