Islanders spoil Sorokin special, lose to Sabers 3-2 (OT)

BUFFALO, NY — Assisted by elite goaltender Ilya Sorokin, the New York Islanders go home with a point but eventually gambled away another lead late in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Buffalo Sabers.

The Islanders are now 23-19-5 in the season.


Josh Bailey-Mathew Barzal-William Dufour
Anders Lee Brock Nelson Anthony Beauvillier
Beauvillier-Jean-Gabriel Pageau-Hudson Mardi Gras
Matt Martin-Casey Cizikas-Cal Clutterbuck (left in second place with upper-body injury)

Dennis Cholowski Ryan Pulock
Alexander Romanov-Scott Mayfield
Sebastian Aho-Noah Dobson

Ilya Sorokin
Semyon Varlamov


Brock Nelson scored his 16th goal of the season at 7:19 in the first period when he tapped a strong feed home from Anthony Beauvillier. Josh Bailey was credited with the secondary assist.

Alex Tuch ended the contest at 8:26 of the second period when he tapped home a loose puck for his 22nd of the season. Rasmus Dahlen and Jeff Skinner were credited with the assists.

Matt Martin scored his fifth goal of the season at 18:30 of the second when he completed a Casey Cizikas pass.

Victor Olofsson leveled the game by two when he hit Sorokin at 9:32 of the third period for his 19th goal of the season. Casey Mittelstadt was credited with the only assist.

Dylan Cozens scored the overtime winner just 12 seconds into overtime when Dahlin got him to the breakaway and that was it.

Sorokin is upside down

As we’ve said time and time again, New York Islanders goalie Ilya Sorokin turned his head on his head and was the clear number one. a start of the competition in Buffalo. He had 20 shots in the first half, eight of them dangerous shots.

Sorokin ended his night with 42 saves from 45 shots and prevented 12 of 14 high-risk chances. According to, Sorokin had 4.51 expected goals against.

“He played really, really well,” said Lane Lambert, Islanders head coach. “Obviously he kept us in the game when he had to.”

Nelson snaps goal drought

It was only a matter of time before New York Islanders forward Brock Nelson found his back. The Islanders’ top scorer had gone 14 games without a goal, and the Islanders desperately needed his offense back.

Despite dominating the first half against the Buffalo Sabers, Nelson was in the right place at the right time and tapped home a strong feed from Anthony Beauvillier.

“Nice to capitalize on,” Nelson said. “Great play from Beauvillier finding me at the back so nice to get one.”

“You want it to be a win and it would make me feel better, but just try to keep building your game.”

Another wire burned out

The New York Islanders opened the scoring for the fifth straight game, but they blew away the lead for the fourth time in that span.

To take this step further, three of the four leads were blown in the third period.

The Islanders went into overtime but conceded an unreal goal.

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