Foligno nets dramatic tying goal with two minutes to play.
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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.
The Islanders hadn't recorded more than 30 shots in their first five games.
Ennis got Buffalo even at 1 with a fortunate goal 5:24 into the second after a shot by Drew Stafford trickled between Nabokov's pads and landed behind him in the blue paint. Ennis swooped in and slammed the puck in for his first of the season.
But New York needed just 2:44 to go back in front when Martin netted his first. Eric Boulton sent a right-to-left pass in front to Casey Cizikas for a shot that was stopped by Miller and knocked behind the net. Cizikas quickly got to it and flung it into the crease to Martin for a redirect.
The Sabres rallied again to tie it 2-2 with a power-play goal after Tavares was sent off for high-sticking. Cody Hodgson sent a pass from the left circle dot in front to Vanek for a quick redirection past Nabokov. It was the third goal this season for Vanek.
NOTES: Sabres RW Patrick Kaleta received a 10-game suspension from the NHL after an in-person hearing for an illegal check to the head of Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson last week. Kaleta had already served two games before Tuesday. ... Islanders RW Colin McDonald sat out because of an injured left hip. He is day to day. ... The only time New York has reached 30 shots this season was in a shootout loss to Columbus on Oct. 5. ... Buffalo was 1 for 4 on the power play after going 2 for 25 before Tuesday. ... The Islanders are 1-2 in shootouts. This was Buffalo's first.
Lightning 5, Kings 1
TAMPA, Fla. — Martin St. Louis had two goals and an assist, Ben Bishop improved to 4-0, and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Los Angeles Kings 5-1 on Tuesday night.
St. Louis has four goals and 10 points during a five-game point streak. Ryan Malone, Teddy Purcell and Ondrej Palat had the other Tampa Bay (4-2) goals.
Bishop made a strong save in the second on Trevor Lewis' shot from the low left circle. The goalie had missed one game after having his right leg jammed during the third period of last Thursday's game against Florida.
Los Angeles (4-3) goalie Jonathan Quick was pulled late in the second after allowing three goals on 17 shots. Quick had a 3-0 record with an 0.55 goals-against-average in four previous games against Tampa Bay.
Slava Voynov scored for the Kings, who had a three-game winning atreak end. His goal ended Bishop's shutout bid at 10:27 of the third.
Maple Leafs 4, Wild 1
TORONTO — Mason Raymond scored two goals and James Reimer made 36 saves and the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Minnesota Wild 4-1 on Tuesday. Toronto scored four goals on only 14 shots.
The Leafs improved to 6-1-0, continuing their best start since 1993, when they opened with 10 straight wins.
Because of penalties, the Wild spent more than a quarter of the first period on the power play. That meant Reimer faced plenty of shots and was the Leafs' best penalty-killer.
Minnesota goalie Darcy Kuemper struggled with little action.
The Leafs scored on their first shot, a tic-tac-toe passing play from Cody Franson to Dave Bolland to Tyler Bozak that Kuemper couldn't stop at 4:24 of the first. Trevor Smith beat the Wild's No. 3 goaltender between his legs at 13:51 of the first period on Toronto's third shot of the game.
Blackhawks 3, Carolina 2 (SO)
RALEIGH, N.C. — Patrick Sharp scored in the shootout and the Chicago Blackhawks claimed the 2,500th victory in club history by beating the Carolina Hurricanes 3-2 Tuesday night.
Sharp and Marian Hossa also scored 2:22 apart in the first period for the defending Stanley Cup champions, who blew a 2-0 lead in the third before winning in the tiebreaker.
Corey Crawford finished with 32 saves, then stopped three Carolina shooters in the shootout.
After Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews came up empty, Sharp beat Cam Ward with a nifty forehand in the third round.
Crawford then stuffed Jeff Skinner to end it, making the Blackhawks the last of the Original Six to reach the 2,500-win mark. Alexander Semin and Ron Hainsey scored during Carolina's third-period rally.
Penguins 3, Oilers 2
PITTSBURGH — Evgeni Malkin's power-play goal 7:20 into the third period put Pittsburgh in front for good and the Penguins stayed hot at home with a 3-2 win over Edmonton.
Pascal Dupuis and Chris Kunitz also scored for Pittsburgh. Sidney Crosby assisted on all three PenguinS goals to vault him into the NHL scoring lead. Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 20 shots for Pittsburgh to improve to 5-0 on the season.
Ales Hemsky and Jordan Eberle scored for Edmonton. Jason Labarbera made 25 saves, but struggled with puck control as the Oilers dropped their fourth straight.
Edmonton twice battled back to tie it but had no answer after Malkin's second goal of the season. Crosby earned the secondary assist on the score and has points in each of Pittsburgh's first six games.
Canucks 3, Flyers 2
PHILADELPHIA — Ryan Kesler scored the second of his two goals with 2:25 left in the third period to lead Vancouver over Philadelphia, which fell to 1-6 overall and 1-3 under coach Craig Berube.
Chris Higgins also scored for Vancouver and Roberto Luongo made the win stand with 20 saves.
Tye McGinn scored both goals for the Flyers, who haven't scored more than two goals in a game this season.
Higgins and Kesler and each scored in the third period to rally Vancouver.
Chimera fined for hit
NEW YORK — Washington Capitals forward Jason Chimera has been fined for a hit on Edmonton Oilers defenseman Justin Schultz.
The NHL announced Tuesday night that Chimera was fined $4,487.18 — the maximum allowable under the collective bargaining agreement — for boarding Schultz in the first period of the Capitals' 4-2 win Monday.