Saturday, December 27, 2014

Sabres Snap Islanders OT Streak at Nine

The New York Islanders record streak of nine consecutive OT/Shootout victories to open a season ended on Saturday night in Buffalo, as the Sabres erased a 3-0 deficit in the third period to win in a shootout 4-3. The Isles became the first team in NHL history to open a season by winning their first nine games that went beyond 60 minutes earlier this month with a shootout victory against the Devils.

Get "The Skinny" on this game here Vancouver (2006-07), Phoenix (2009-10) and Tampa Bay (2010-11) have also had 9-game winning streaks in a single season, but none started the season with the streak.

New York improves to 23-12-1 with the loss, while the Sabres snap a four game losing streak to improve to 14-19-3.

Three-goal leads have been a bit of a curse for the vastly improved but still not perfect Islanders. The loss marks the third time in December that the Islanders have lost a game after taking a 3-0 lead. They lost all three games (to St. Louis, Minnesota and now Buffalo) after failing to protect a 3-goal lead in the third.

"These are two points we should have held," Isles captain John Tavares said. "Certainly it's frustrating when you give up a three goal lead like that. Especially because I didn't think we did a whole lot wrong except for the breakdowns that led to the goals."