The Buffalo Sabres climbed back in the contest to tie the game twice but the New York Islanders proved to be too much as New York took a 4-2 win on Sunday afternoon in Buffalo thanks to two late goals from Anders Lee.
Anders Lee scored two third-period goals as NY defeated the Buffalo Sabres 4-2 on Sunday to keep pace in the Eastern Conference wild-card race.
NY beat the Buffalo Sabres 4-2 on Sunday, but it remains five points behind the Ottawa Senators for the second wild-card spot - the only playoff berth left for the Isles to chase.
The Islanders are 0-5 in their last 5 in the third game of a 3-in-4 situation and the over is 7-1 in Islanders last 8 Sunday games while the Islanders are 1-5 in their last 6 games playing on 1 days rest.
Tavares leads NY with 66 points and is second with 28 goals in 77 games. "It's a big win and we need to keep winning". The Senators have five games remaining to the Islanders four, but Ottawa is not in action on Sunday night.
"I love breakaways", Ho-Sang said with a wide smile.
"Sometimes you've got to get the bounces and they went our way in the third period there", Lee said. Lee got another friendly bounce for his 31st of the season, as Jake McCabe misfired on a pass that the Isles leading goal scorer backhanded through Lehner's five-hole at 14:33. "When you lose a player like Johnny, you've got to keep it simple and play north-south".
Kane scored his team-leading 27th goal to tie the game for Buffalo midway through the second.
"Their first goal shouldn't happen", Lehner said. "You always set your goals to improve on prior seasons and continue to become a better player, but you have to get plenty of breaks and play with some great players all season and the chemistry that we've had has benefited me a lot".
Kane was set up by C.J. Smith, who was making his National Hockey League debut three days after forgoing his senior season at UMass-Lowell by signing a two-year contract with Buffalo. Smith could serve as another key cog on Buffalo's top-ranked power play, which is clicking on all cylinders by going 7-for-10 in the last five games - although it was just 1-for-5 in a pair of December battles versus NY.
He put the Islanders up 2-1 by scoring on a breakaway after teammate Dennis Seidenberg forced Buffalo's Jack Eichel to commit a turnover in the NY zone.
NY also recalled forward Connor Jones from the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the American Hockey League.