The Islanders fell behind the Sabres 3-0 on Thursday night but clawed back to tie the game 3-3 in the third period. Unfortunately, they couldn't complete the comeback and lost 4-3.
John Tavares scored the Islanders first goal, launching the comeback that fell short, but blamed missed opportunities as the reason for the defeat.
"They capitalized more on their opportunities than we did on ours," Tavares said, via the team. "It's just unfortunate because overall it was a pretty decent hockey game. We came back and had big goals, but just blown coverage in our own zone and it cost us."
The Islanders outshot the Sabres 29-22, who have the second-lowest point total in the league. Despite the loss, the Islanders remain tied for the last wildcard place in the East.
Tavares' goal extended his team-leading point total to 60 (28 G, 32 A) but is out of contract after the season. The Islanders are next in action on Saturday night against the Red Wings at 7 p.m.