- 13:08 NYI Ryan Strome; Assists: Cal Clutterbuck, Nikolay Kulemin
- 2:32 BUF Johan Larsson; Assists: Rasmus Ristolainen, Jake McCabe
- 6:39 NYI Alan Quine (power play); Assist: Shane Prince
- 3:19 BUF Matt Moulson (power play); Assists: Evander Kane, Brian Gionta
- 0:42 BUF Rasmus Ristolainen; Assist: Kyle Okposo
Stop me if you've heard this before: the Isles blew a third-period lead and lost a close contest. I know, I'm shocked, too. This time, it's in OT, as old friend Kyle Okposo set up the game winner, just to add insult to injury.
I thought J-F Berube played very well. The tying goal wasn't his fault -- it deflected off Thomas Hickey's leg in front of the net. I thought his reactions were quick all night, and that was particularly impressive considering he hasn't seen game speed in a while. I'd love for J-F to get more time between the pipes. I think he at least should have earned himself some consideration with his performance. I'm not holding my breath though...
Nice to see Alan Quine get one on the power play. Remember how effective Quine was on that unit last postseason? If the Isles aren't going anywhere this year, it'd be nice to use this opportunity to give players like Quine some additional responsibility and see if they run with it.
And so it goes, with no changes seemingly on the horizon. Just a long, cold winter of staring at potential draft picks. I really thought we were past this.
Andy Graziano, SNY.TV Twitter
Put the ending on repeat. Islanders play two good periods, enter third leading 2-1. Allow game-tying goal on bad deflection off Hickey, proceed to get badly outplayed rest of period, ultimately losing in overtime, 3-2 to the Buffalo Sabres, when John Tavares gets knocked down and makes a half-hearted backcheck on Ristolainen, who collects Okposo's pass and beats Berube for the game winner.
With their fourth straight loss, three in regulation, the season is pretty much over for New York in terms of playoff hopes. There should be absolutely no excuse going forward to playing Anthony Beauvillier and Quine as much as possible, giving some of the underperforming veterans nights off for lackadaisical play.
Heck, at this point, why not call up Ryan Pulock, insert him into the lineup and let's see, once and for all, what all these kids have to offer for the future. I'd resist bringing Michael Dal Colle and Joshua Ho-Sang into this dysfunction, instead letting them continue their development in Bridgeport. I wouldn't bank on any trades to be made, as rival general managers will see it as desperation and try to rob the Islanders on any legitimate offer made.
It really is alarming how far New York has fallen off their last two years of 100-point seasons and the reasons are many. But if there are not major changes prior to next season, I'd seriously start to question the future direction of the franchise under new management. For now, they deserve the benefit of the doubt as they work through this mess.
Next Game: The Islanders host the Senators at Barclays Center on Sunday night at 7 p.m.