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NY Islanders 1, Buffalo 0
When: 7:00 PM ET, Saturday, November 2, 2019
Where: KeyBank Center, Buffalo, New York
Referees: Dean Morton, Francois St. Laurent
Linesmen: David Brisebois, James Tobias
Attendance: 19070

Semyon Varlamov stopped all 27 shots he faced Saturday night and Derick Brassard scored the game's only goal early in the first period as the New York Islanders matched their longest winning streak in 30 years by beating the host Buffalo Sabres 1-0.

The Islanders have won nine straight for the first time since a nine-game run from Dec. 31, 1989, through Jan. 19, 1990. It is tied for the second-longest winning streak in franchise history behind a 15-game streak mounted from Jan. 21 through Feb. 20, 1982.

The 1-0 win was the first for the Islanders since they beat the New Jersey Devils on Feb. 19, 2016.

The Sabres have lost three in a row (0-2-1) since a 9-2-1 start. The 1-0 loss was the first for Buffalo since it fell to the Dallas Stars on Jan. 30.

Sabres goalie Carter Hutton took the hard-luck loss after stopping 20 shots.

The shutout was the 26th of Varlamov's career and his first for the Islanders, with whom he signed in July. His previous shutout came Feb. 18, when, as a member of the Colorado Avalanche, he blanked the Vegas Golden Knights in a 3-0 win.

Brassard's tally extended his goal-scoring streak to five games and came in fluky fashion a little more than five minutes into the game. Hutton stepped out of the net and went behind it to try and clear the puck, but Brassard got his stick on the pass. Anthony Beauvillier beat Sabres right winger Victor Olofsson to the puck and passed back to Brassard, who then dished into the crease toward a streaking Brock Nelson. But the puck ticked off the post and the skate of Hutton before trickling into the net at the 5:19 mark.

The Sabres outshot the Islanders 10-7 in the second period and nearly tied the score early in the third period on a power play generated when New York was whistled for having too many men on the ice. But Varlamov gloved Colin Miller's second shot of the power play, a point-blank attempt made with three seconds left in the man advantage.

Beauvillier barely missed extending the lead with 5:57 left, when his backhand shot clanged off the left post and skittered away.

The Sabres pulled Hutton with 2:03 left but could not mount a serious scoring threat.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
 
NY Islanders   Buffalo
Derick Brassard 1 Points N/A
Derick Brassard 1 Goals N/A
Anthony Beauvillier 1 Assists N/A
N/A Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Semyon Varlamov 1.000 Save Percentage Carter Hutton .952
Semyon Varlamov 27 Saves Carter Hutton 20
Team Stats Summary
 
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
NY Islanders 21 1 0-1 3-3 6 20
Buffalo 27 0 0-3 1-1 2 20
Upcoming Games
  • Buffalo will play their next game at home against Tampa Bay. The Sabres have a W/L % of .600 after a win and .600 after a loss.
  • NY Islanders will play their next game at home against Ottawa. The Islanders have a W/L % of .800 after a win and .667 after a loss.