Saturday, October 7, 2017

Ultimate Sporting News October 7 2017


Kopitar scores twice to lead Kings past Sharks, 4-1

 Anze Kopitar had two goals, Dustin Brown and Nick Shore also scored and the Los Angeles Kings beat the San Jose Sharks 4-1 on Saturday night.
Jonathan Quick stopped 24 of 25 shots to earn the victory for the Kings, who won their road opener for first-year coach John Stevens.
Mikkel Boedker scored for the Sharks, who have lost their first two home games. Martin Jones, a former Kings goalie, turned back 25 of 29 shots before he was replaced by Aaron Dell with 5:55 left in the second period.
The teams traded goals in the first 6:14 of the contest. Brown took a pass from Kopitar and flipped a shot off Jones' left shoulder pads and into the net.
Boedker redirected a shot by Brenden Dillon in front of the net to get it past Quick. The goal was set up by Jannik Hansen's steal near the net. Hansen got it out to Dylan DeMelo to start the scoring sequence.
It was all Los Angeles afterward. Kopitar scored with eight seconds left in the first period after Drew Doughtyknocked down a lazy clearing pass and got the puck to Jake Muzzin. Kopitar took the pass and sailed the puck low, beating Jones to the stick side.
Kopitar scored again midway through the second period, this time shooting over Jones' right shoulder and into the net.
The Kings added an own goal, credited to Shore. Jones came out to challenge a shot but was unable to control the puck. Shore got it and sent a slow shot toward the net.
Melker Karlsson tried the clear the puck but sent it into the net instead.
NOTES: Neither team has swept a season series in the rivalry. ... Sharks C Joe Thornton has 75 career points against the Kings. ... Shore is the only player to record a point in the Kings' first two games.
UP NEXT
Kings: Host the Calgary Flames on Wednesday.
Sharks: Host the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday.

Horvat scores twice, Markstrom solid as Canucks beat Oilers

 Bo Horvat scored twice, Jacob Markstrom settled down to make 33 saves after allowing a goal on the game's first shot, and the Vancouver Canucks beat the Edmonton Oilers 3-2 on Saturday night.
Brandon Sutter also scored for the Canucks, the last team in the NHL to start their season.
Kris Russell had a goal and an assist, and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had the other goal for the Oilers, who opened their schedule with a 3-0 home victory Wednesday over the Calgary Flames behind Connor McDavid's hat trick.
Cam Talbot allowed three goals on seven shots before being lifted early in the second period. Laurent Brossoit stopped all 19 shots he faced in relief.
Travis Green made his debut as an NHL head coach behind the Canucks' bench as Vancouver picked up its first regulation win over Edmonton since Nov. 19, 2014.
With his team up 2-1 after the opening period, Horvat scored his second of the night 32 seconds into the second period when he won a puck battle behind the net before his wraparound shot somehow snuck between Talbot's pad and the post.
Horvat, who led the Canucks in scoring last season, sustained an upper-body injury during the exhibition schedule, but showed no ill effects against the Oilers.
The Oilers opened the scoring just 1:08 into the game on the first shot when Russell, who scored just once in 68 games all of last season, snapped a puck from the top of the circle off the rush that went between the legs of Vancouver defenseman Erik Gudbranson and past a surprised Markstrom.
The Canucks responded on the power play at 7:35 when Horvat powered past Matt Benning before chipping a shot shortside on Talbot.
UP NEXT
Oilers: Host Winnipeg on Monday night.
Canucks: Host Ottawa on Tuesday night.

Brodie has 2 goals, 2 assists in Flames' 6-3 win over Jets

 Defenseman T.J. Brodie had two goals and two assists and the Calgary Flames scored the final five goals to beat the Winnipeg Jets 6-3 on Saturday night in their home opener.
Johnny Gaudreau scored the go-ahead goal and had three assists for Calgary, down 3-1 after the first period. Brodie and Gaudreau each tied career highs with four-point games.
Micheal FerlandKris Versteeg and Mikael Backlund also scored, and Mike Smith made 25 saves for his first victory with Calgary.
Brandon TanevMark Scheifele and Patrik Laine scored for the Jets. Steve Mason, pulled after giving up five goals in a 7-2 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday night, stopped 39 shots.
Flames newcomer Jaromir Jagr wasn't in the lineup because he wanted more time to recover his game legs.
Notes: Calgary improved to 17-17-12 in home openers . . . Winnipeg defenseman Dustin Byfuglien played his 500th game for the Jets franchise.
UP NEXT:
Jets: At Edmonton on Monday night.
Flames: At Anaheim on Monday night.

Wayne Simmonds scores in OT, Flyers beat Ducks 3-2

Wayne Simmonds scored 44 seconds into overtime to give the Philadelphia Flyers a 3-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday night.
The puck ricocheted off Ducks forward Andrew Coglianoskate and directly to the open Simmonds. He quickly gained control and snapped a shot past goalie John Gibson for the Flyers' second victory in three games.
One second after Anaheim successfully killed the first penalty of the game, Philadelphia's Ivan Provorov beat Gibson stick-side to give the Flyers the early lead. Assisting on the goal and earning his first NHL point was Nolan Patrick, the second-overall pick this summer.
Antoine Vermette, who was exiting the penalty box when the Flyers scored, redeemed himself minutes later. Ondrej Kase's cross-crease pass connected with Vermette for the one-timer, beating Brian Elliott.
The Ducks did not record a shot on goal for nearly fourteen minutes.
The Flyers were equally unremarkable until late in the period when Jakub Voracek wrestled his way toward the Anaheim crease with Ducks draped all over him. The Philadelphia forward sent a beautiful backhand pass to Sean Couturier. All alone in front of Gibson, Couturier slammed home the puck to give the Flyers a 2-1 lead going into the second intermission.
The Ducks were forced to kill their fifth penalty when Vermette was taken off for slashing. Smooth-skating Anaheim defenseman Cam Fowler picked off a puck at the blue line and skated in on a breakaway, sending the puck past Elliott to once again tie it.
NOTES: Ducks F Nick Ritchie is day-to-day with a lower-body injury, and Ryan Getzlaf missed his second consecutive game with a lower-body injury. Ritchie and Getzlaf join Hampus LindholmRyan MillerRyan KeslerSami Vatanen, and Patrick Eaves already on the sideline to start the year. ... Undrafted free-agent signing F Giovanni Fiore made his NHL debut for the Ducks.
UP NEXT
Flyers: At Nashville on Tuesday night.
Ducks: Host Calgary on Monday night.

Neal scores third in 2 games, Vegas deals Arizona OT loss

James Neal's goal at 3:46 of overtime Saturday night gave the expansion Vegas Golden Knights their second win in two games, 2-1 over the Arizona Coyotes.
Neal, who scored twice in the Golden Knights' first regular-season game Friday at Dallas, completed a comeback that saw Vegas tie the score at 1 with 1:12 to play in regulation. Anti Raanta, in his first game as the new No. 1 goaltender in Arizona, stopped 42 shots.
Vegas, unable to put a shot past Raanta for nearly the entire game, drew even at 1 on Nate Schmidt's goal. The Golden Knights had pulled goalie Marc-Andre Fleury with 2:18 to play for an extra attacker, and the move paid off.
Fleury made 27 saves.
Raanta was sharpest in the second period, making 19 saves. The Coyotes earned their first point for new coach Rick Tocchet after losing their season opener at Anaheim on Thursday.
The Coyotes have posted a 14-5-2 record in home openers since moving to Arizona from Winnipeg in 1996.
Tobias Rieder scored the Coyotes' only goal, a rebound at 5:52 of the first period after Luke Schenn sent in the puck and Jordan Martinook took a shot that came out to Rieder.
Raanta, the new No. 1 goalie for the Coyotes after Mike Smith was traded to Calgary after six seasons in Arizona, got some help from a post after the Golden Knights' Tomas Nosek just missed the net at the 14:05 mark.
Raanta made a key save against Vegas center Jonathan Marchessault on a breakaway after a turnover at 12:01 of the second period.
About four minutes later, Raanta turned away Erik Haula's attempt to stuff the puck from inside the crease. But he got the biggest ovation from the crowd after not allowing a goal during a 3-minute, 14-second stretch of a 5-on-3 power play for Vegas.
Raanta made his first appearance with the Coyotes since coming to the team via an offseason trade with the New York Rangers. He didn't play in Arizona's season opener though he'd been cleared for action after dealing with a lower-body injury that limited him in the preseason.
NOTES: A moment of silence was observed before the opening faceoff for the victims and families affected by the recent mass shooting in Las Vegas. ... Coyotes players walked into Gila River Arena on a red carpet as part of opening night pregame festivities. The loudest ovation from the crowd was for D Oliver Ekman-Larsson, a longtime Coyote and alternate captain who played in his first home game since taking a leave of absence from the team near the end of last season. ... LW Nick Cousins made his Coyotes debut as part of the Coyotes' second line. He was acquired via trade with Philadelphia in the offseason.
UP NEXT
The teams play each other in Las Vegas on Tuesday in the Golden Knights' home opener.

Saad, Kane, Toews lead Blackhawks past Blue Jackets

The Blackhawks and their marquee players are starting the season in high gear.
Brandon SaadPatrick Kane and Jonathan Toews each had a goal and assist to lead Chicago over the Columbus Blue Jackets 5-1 on Saturday night.
Richard Panik also scored and Jan Rutta got his first NHL goal as the Blackhawks followed up on a season-opening 10-1 rout of Pittsburgh with another overwhelming performance.
Saad, one of four players to open the season with a hat trick this week, has four goals and an assist in his first two games. Kane boosted his totals to two goals and four assists.
"I thought we did some good things offensively," Kane said. "But two big wins. Hopefully we can build off this."
Saad returned to Chicago in an offseason deal that sent Artemi Panarin to the Blue Jackets, and he looks better than ever.
The rugged 24-year-old forward spent his first three seasons with the Blackhawks before he was traded to Columbus in 2015 in a salary cap squeeze - and just before he became a restricted free agent.
"We're saying he's not a man-child anymore," Kane said. "He's just a man."
Coach Joel Quenneville was more specific about Saad.
"His quickness has been very noticeable" Quenneville said. "Quick to pucks, quick to beating a guy to the net. That line (Saad-Toews-Panik) was excellent again tonight."
Chicago center Nick Schmaltz was hit hard by two defensemen as Kane scored the opening goal 1:33 in. He later left the game with an upper-body injury and is expected to miss at least two games, Quenneville said.
Sonny Milano scored for the Blue Jackets, who blanked the New York Islanders 5-0 in their opener Friday in Columbus.
Corey Crawford made 32 saves for Chicago, while Joonas Korpisalo blocked 24 shots.
Panarin got a loud ovation during a first-period video tribute in his return to the United Center, but the Blue Jackets weren't able to make much noise or sustain pressure offensively.
"Were going to face teams like that and we've got to find a way to stop the momentum and try to chip away," coach John Tortorella said. "I don't think we were sharp, right on through our lineup."
The Blackhawks were on target for second straight game.
"It's unique team and you've got to play against them with respect," Korpisalo said.
The Blackhawks jumped ahead 2-0 with a dominant first period.
Kane scored on the Blackhawks' first shot when he was left open at the low edge of the right circle.
Jack Johnson and Gabriel Carlsson leveled Schmaltz on the left side of the crease during the play. Schmaltz took a minute to get up, then skated slowly to the bench with help from trainer Mike Gapski.
Saad made it 2-0 at 6:04 with a power-play goal when he converted a rebound from a goalmouth scrum.
Chicago extended its lead to 4-1 after 40 minutes.
Set up by Saad, Toews one-timed in his first goal this season from the left circle at 10:14 of the second. The play was set up when Panik knocked Seth Jones off the puck behind the Columbus net.
Milano cut it to 3-1 31 seconds later when he poked in Nick Foligno's feed that slid along the goal line behind Crawford.
Rutta pinched in to the right circle and scored on a shot that deflected in off Korpisalo's glove at 12:51 of the second to make it 4-1.
Saad narrowly missed connecting again during a power-play midway through the third. Panik completed the scoring with 5:55 left when he whipped in a loose puck after a face-off.
NOTES: NBC and Blackhawks TV analyst Eddie Olczyk visited the United Center press box after having surgery for colon cancer 11 weeks ago. Some in the crowd of 21,264, chanted "Eddie, Eddie," when a live shot of Olczyk, who played 16 seasons in the NHL, was shown on the scoreboard. ... Schmaltz had hobbled off the ice in the third period of Thursday's game, but was back on a line with Kane and Ryan Hartman for his first shift Saturday before being injured again. ... RW Tommy Wingels made his Blackhawks debut as C Tanner Kero sat out. Wingels, who signed a one-year free agent deal, is from Chicago's north suburbs. ... The Blackhawks had a pregame video tribute and moment of silence for Pierre Pilote, their captain from 1961 to 1968, who died last month at age 85.
UP NEXT
Blue Jackets: Play at Carolina on Tuesday.
Blackhawks: Play at Toronto on Monday.

Jake Allen makes 38 saves, Blues beat Hitchcock-led Stars

 Jake Allen and the Blues did everything they could to spoil former coach Ken Hitchcock's return to St. Louis.
Allen made 38 saves and the Blues used three first-period goals to beat the Dallas Stars 4-2 in their home opener on Saturday night.
"We capitalized on our chances there," Blues defenseman Carl Gunnarsson said of the first-period flurry. "I think Snake (Jake Allen) was good back there. He helped us out a ton, especially on their power play. He had a couple big saves in the second and third period. A lot of credit to Jake, but I think we played a pretty good game over 60 minutes."
Gunnarsson, Joel Edmundson and Jaden Schwartz all scored in a five-minute span in the first, and Vladimir Tarasenko added a power-play goal in the third.
Allen was solid after making 29 saves in the Blues' 5-4 overtime win in Pittsburgh on Wednesday night.
"I feel good right now," Allen said. "I feel like I'm practicing well and it's translating into the games. Guys did a good job tonight. We started out strong. We had our ups and downs during the game. I think we'll level out here. It's still only the second game."
John Klingberg and Mattias Janmark scored for Dallas. Kari Lehtonen made 17 saves.
"I thought we'd be better in our zone under pressure and that's where I thought we did ourselves in," Hitchcock said. "We had a great start to the game. The first 10 to 12 minutes was exactly what we wanted."
Hitchcock coached the Blues for six seasons, going 248-124-41 before being fired last February. He was hired as the Stars coach in April.
The Blues honored Hitchcock with a tribute on the videoboard during the first period. Fans gave Hitchcock a standing ovation and Hitchcock responded by tapping his chest.
"I know this is a special place," Hitchcock said. "You spend six years here and you're in the playoffs every year. It's pretty special. Obviously I had a great relationship with the people here so it was a fun place."
Gunnarsson banked a shot off of defenseman Dan Hamhuis and past Lehtonen from behind the net with 10:10 left in the first, Gunnarsson's first goal in 62 games dating to the 2015-16 season. Edmundson then scored from the left circle after a nice pass from Alex Pietrangelo.
Schwartz scored off a nice pass from Brayden Scheen with 5:10 left in the period.
Klingberg scored a power-play goal for the Stars, assisted by Alexander Radulov, 2:48 into the third period to make it 3-1.
Tarasenko scored his first this year with 11:30 remaining. Pietrangelo and Schenn assisted on Tarasenko's goal, giving them each two assists on the night.
Janmark scored, assisted by Jason Spezza, with 6:49 left.
NOTES: The Stars went with Lehtonen in goal after using Ben Bishop on Friday. Bishop left that game early after being hit in the mask and cut by a shot. He went into concussion protocol, but Hitchcock said Saturday that Bishop was fine. He served as the backup to Lehtonen. ... The Blues are without F Robby Fabbri (left knee, out for season), F Alexander Steen (left hand), D Jay Bouwmeester (left ankle), F Zach Sanford (left shoulder) and F Patrik Berglund (left shoulder).
UP NEXT
St. Louis: At New York Islanders on Monday.
Dallas: At Detroit on Tuesday.

Slavin, Hurricanes beat Minnesota 5-4 in shootout

 Jaccob Slavin scored in the shootout and the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Minnesota Wild 5-4 on Saturday night.
Victor Rask scored late in regulation and Sebastian Aho had two key assists while Noah HanifinJoakim Nordstrom and Derek Ryan also scored to help Carolina win its opener.
Mikko Koivu sent it to overtime by scoring in the final second of regulation. Jason Zucker, former Carolina captain Eric Staal and Chris Stewart also scored for the Wild.
Scott Darling made 23 saves in his debut as a full-time starter in the NHL and his first game with the Hurricanes, who traded for him during the offseason and then signed him to a four-year contract.
Slavin beat a sprawled-out Alex Stalock high with a backhand in the third round of the shootout, and Darling got a piece of Staal's shot to end it.
It appeared as if Aho and Rask had made him a winner in dramatic fashion, with Rask taking a slick feed from the second-year forward and beating Stalock with a wrist shot with 1:34 left in regulation.
But Koivu whacked a loose puck past Darling amid a pile-up in front of the net just before the horn sounded, and an official review determined that Matt Dumba did not interfere with the Carolina goalie during the scrum.
Stalock stopped 38 shots for the Wild, who led 3-1 late in the second period after killing an 88-second, 5-on-3 disadvantage. Staal made it a two-goal game by shaking free near the blue line, skating in on Darling and beating him with a wrist shot with 6:17 left.
Then came Carolina's rally: Ryan pulled the Hurricanes within a goal by redirecting a shot by Justin Williamswith 3:40 left in the second, and Hanifin tied it at 3 after taking a pretty feed from Aho and slipping the puck past Stalock with 14:45 left in the third.
This is a season of promise for both teams, with Carolina aggressively adding players during the offseason in its bid to end the league's longest active playoff drought (eight years) and Minnesota confident that it has kept its window for Stanley Cup contention open after spending almost exactly to the $75 million salary cap.
Since the lockout that wiped out the 2004-05 season, the Hurricanes have not made the playoffs in any season in which they lost their first game at PNC Arena.
NOTES: RW Elias Lindholm also had two assists for the Hurricanes. ... This was Jordan Staal's debut as Carolina's captain. Eric Staal held that position from January 2010 until he was traded to the Rangers in February 2016. ... Four members of Carolina's 2006 Stanley Cup-winning team were in uniform. In addition to Hurricanes G Cam Ward and Minnesota's Staal, Williams skated in his first game since returning to Carolina and C Matt Cullen is in his first season back with the Wild. ... Minnesota C Mikael Granlund (groin) did not play.
UP NEXT
Wild: Minnesota visits Chicago on Wednesday night to wrap up a three-game road swing to start the season.
Hurricanes: Carolina plays host to Columbus on Tuesday night before starting a four-game Western road trip.

Ovechkin gets historic hat trick, Caps beat Canadiens

 Alex Ovechkin had a historic night, and now he could use a travel agent.
Anything to keep this roll going.
Ovechkin scored four goals to become the first player in 100 years with back-to-back hat tricks to open a season, and the Washington Capitals beat the Montreal Canadiens 6-1 on Saturday night.
Ovechkin had three goals in the third period in Thursday's opening night win at Ottawa, then matched the feat while helping chase Montreal goalie Carey Price in the first period Saturday. He added his fourth goal at 16:46 of the second period against Al Montoya.
Ovechkin jokingly credited the outburst to his Russian sister-in-law, who has been visiting the U.S. this week.
"Every time she's in town like I score a hat trick," Ovechkin said. "Back-to-back and she's leaving Monday. I'm pretty sure I'm going to have to talk to someone to keep her here."
It was the fourth four-goal game of his career and second against the Canadiens.
Three players had hat tricks in the first two games of the 1917-18 season: Cy Denneny of Ottawa, Joe Malone of Montreal and Reg Noble of Toronto, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Ovechkin is the first since.
Braden Holtby stopped 38 shots and T.J. Oshie also scored for Washington.
Ovechkin opened the scoring 20 seconds in, added his second goal at 2:51 and his third at 18:10. Evgeny Kusnetsov assisted on all four of Ovechkin's goals.
"It's a fun time when you play like that and your line's feeling it," Ovechkin said. "When your line's feeling it, you just want to be out there more and more. Sometimes you play well but you don't score. Right now it's we play well, we score goals, we're dangerous. All three forwards are dangerous and we just have to continue to play like that."
Capitals coach Barry Trotz spent time with his star in the offseason, and he's heartened that the 32-year-old Ovechkin worked hard to prepare for the season.
"Alex took it to heart that he's got to keep evolving," Trotz said. "It's tougher when you're older. You've got to work out harder."
Oshie gave Washington a 2-0 lead 46 seconds into the game, and the Capitals led 4-0 after one.
"When you spot a team three goals early like that, it's pretty hard to come back in this league," Montreal coach Claude Julien said. "They had a good start and we weren't ready for that. Once that game is 4-0, it's pretty hard the rest of the way."
Nathan Walker became the first Australian native to play in the NHL and had a grand debut when he scored Washington's sixth goal late in the second period.
The goal was originally credited to Devante Smith-Pelly, but when the change was announced to the crowd during the third period, his family waved Australian flags in Walker's honor.
"At first I wasn't 100 percent sure," Walker said of his goal. He felt in somewhat of a daze in his first game.
"The first couple of shifts I didn't know what happened," he said.
Brendan Gallagher beat Holtby early in the second period for Montreal's only goal.
Price allowed four goals on 14 shots. Montoya followed with seven saves.
NOTES: Montreal D Karl Alzner, who played his first nine seasons with the Capitals, was welcomed back with a video tribute in the first period. ... Peter Bondra, who scored the second-most goals in Washington, history was named the team's Director of Alumni Affairs and Business Development. Ovechkin tied Bondra's team record of 19 hat tricks. ... Ovechkin is 22nd on the all-time goal list with 565. He passed Mats Sundin and Joe Nieuwendyk.
UP NEXT:
Canadiens: Visit the New York Rangers on Sunday night in their third straight road game. They'll have their home opener Tuesday against Chicago.
Capitals: Visit Tampa Bay on Monday night. Washington plays eight of their 12 games in October on the road.

Murray, Malkin lead Penguins past Predators 4-0

 Evgeni Malkin scored, Matt Murraystopped 26 shots and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Nashville Predators 4-0 on Saturday night in a Stanley Cup Final rematch.
Olli MaattaRyan Reaves and Jake Guentzel also scored in Pittsburgh's first win in its third game of the season. The two-time defending champion Penguins were coming off an ugly 10-1 loss at Chicago at Thursday night.
Reaves, acquired in a June trade with St. Louis, also fought Austin Watson and Cody McLeod, finishing with 24 penalty minutes. He skated on a line with Sidney Crosby when the game turned chippy in the third period.
Murray, who allowed 11 goals on 65 shots in his first two games, posted his sixth career shutout. He also shut out Nashville in the final two games of the Stanley Cup Final in June.
The Predators went with Juuse Saros instead of Pekka Rinne, the franchise's winningest goaltender. Saros, who earned his first NHL win last October against Pittsburgh, stopped 30 shots. Rinne was 0-3 on the road during the Stanley Cup and is 0-6-0 with an .822 save percentage lifetime in Pittsburgh.
Nashville forward Nick Bonino faced his former team for the first time since signing a four-year, $16.4 million contract with the Predators in July. Bonino, who received his Stanley Cup ring from Pittsburgh on Saturday, scored in the first two games of the Final before a broken tibia in his left leg sidelined him for the rest of the playoffs.
Malkin put the Penguins in front 66 seconds into the game with a slap shot from the high slot that beat Saros to the blocker side. He has points in all three of Pittsburgh's games this season.
Murray denied Pontus Aberg on a breakaway later in the period. It was significant because Guentzel made it a 2-0 game less than a minute later, crashing the net and converting a rebound from the slot.
Nashville carried the play early in the second period with six of the first seven shots, but Pittsburgh scored the next goal. Reaves scored his first for Pittsburgh when he tipped a Maatta point shot between Saros' pads.
Maatta scored the Penguins' fourth goal 33 seconds into the third period.
NOTES: Penguins D Ian Cole took a one-time slap shot to the face from Predators D Roman Josi during a first-period power play. Cole, who did not return, quickly went down, but eventually got up on his own and immediately skated to the dressing room while crews cleaned blood from the ice. ... Predators C Calle Jarnkrokplayed in his 250th NHL game. ... Nashville F Kevin Fiala is day to day with an upper-body injury.
UP NEXT
Predators: Host Philadelphia on Tuesday.
Penguins: Visit Washington on Wednesday.

Tavares helps Islanders beat Sabres 6-3 in home opener

One day after a disappointing road loss in their season opener, John Tavares and the New York Islanders hit their stride at home
Tavares scored twice - the first coming just 1:50 into the game - to lead the Islanders to a 6-3 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday night.
"We just got after it at the drop of the puck," Tavares said. "We had a lot of possession. Obviously a good bounce-back from last night to get that first win, especially at home."
Casey Cizikas had two goals and an assist, and Josh Baileyand Anthony Beauvillier also scored for the Islanders, who lost 5-0 at Columbus the previous night. Jaroslav Halakstopped 26 shots.
"Just the way we came out tonight, there was no hangover from yesterday," Cizikas said "We know that was unacceptable. We came out tonight with a purpose. We played outstanding. And Jaro stood on his head when we needed him to."
Evander Kane scored twice and Jack Eichel had a goal and an assist for the Sabres, who lost their opener in a shootout to Montreal on Thursday night and are still seeking their first win under new coach Phil Housley. Robin Lehner gave up four goals on 16 shots and was pulled early in the second. Chad Johnson finished with 15 saves.
The Islanders were 0 for 3 on the power play and Buffalo was 0 for 4, but each team scored two short-handed goals in a wild second period.
New York scored three times - including twice short-handed - in a 1:47 span that gave them a 4-0 lead seven minutes into the period.
Buffalo went on the power play 4:50 in after the Islanders' Scott Mayfield was whistled for a double-minor when he got tangled up with Rasmus Ristolainen, who also received a penalty.
Tavares got his second of the night as he intercepted a pass by Nathan Beaulieu near Buffalo's blue line, skated in on Lehner and backhanded it over the goalie's glove at 5:13.
Cizikas made it 3-0 just 50 seconds later on a slap shot from the left circle. Shortly after the Sabres' power play ended, Bailey got a pass from Josh Ho-Sang from behind the goal line and wristed it past Lehner to make it 4-0 and end the goalie's night.
"We obviously don't put ourselves in a good position to win a hockey game when you give up that many short-handed goals and (in) the succession we gave them up," Eichel said. "It's definitely frustrating and it's something we need to correct."
Kane got the Sabres on the scoreboard just past the midpoint of the period. With New York on the man advantage, Eichel stole the puck from Halak behind the net and sent a pass from the left corner in front and Kane put it in before Halak could recover.
Kane scored short-handed again on a wraparound with about 4 1/2 minutes remaining in the middle period to pull the Sabres to 4-2.
"They scored two goals on our power play, a couple of bad bounces," Halak said. "We did a pretty good job tonight. Everyone was excited in the building - fans and players. We wanted to come out and get a good start and we did."
Beauvillier scored on a rebound after Johnson made several nice stops to restore the Islanders' three-goal lead at 5:39 of the third.
Eichel's first of the season made it a two-goal game again with 3:44 remaining.
Buffalo then pulled Johnson for an extra skater with 2 1/2 minutes to go and nearly scored again with a little over a minute left, but Halak smothered the puck before it trickled over the line. The no-goal call stood after a review.
Cizikas added an empty-netter with 26 seconds left.
Tavares' first-period goal moved him past Bobby Nystrom into sole possession of eighth place on the franchise list with his 236th career goal. His second goal put him one behind Bob Bourne (238) for seventh.
NOTES: Tavares now has 14 goals and 25 points in 24 career games against the Sabres. Jordan Eberle, acquired from Edmonton in the offseason, set up Tavares' first goal with a nice saucer pass and now has six points in 10 games vs. Buffalo. ... Islanders D Nick Leddy appeared in his 500th career game. ... F Jason Chimera played in his 190th consecutive game - 106 with Washington and the last 84 with the Islanders. ... The teams play two more times this season, back here on Dec. 27 and at Buffalo on Feb. 8. ... The Sabres have now given up three short-handed goals in two games. ... Buffalo F Kyle Okposo, who missed the end of last season while dealing with severe post-concussion symptoms that landed him in a hospital, received a strong ovation from the crowd before the game. Okposo, in his second year with the Sabres, had 139 goals and 230 assists in nine seasons with the Islanders.
UP NEXT
Sabres: Host New Jersey on Monday.
Islanders: Host St. Louis on Monday before heading out on a four-game western trip.