Uniondale, NY (Sports Network) - Alexander Sulzer scored the go-ahead goal in the third period and Ryan Miller delivered a stellar performance in net, enabling the Buffalo Sabres to come through with a 3-2 win over the slumping New York Islanders at Nassau Coliseum.
Miller recorded 41 saves, including a game-saving stop of John Tavares on a penalty shot with 3:53 left to play, as Buffalo earned its second straight victory despite being outshot by a 43-15 margin on the night.
Thomas Vanek contributed to the triumph with his league-leading 11th goal of the season along with an assist. Christian Ehrhoff also tallied a goal for the Sabres and Cody Hodgson added a pair of assists.
Tavares did register a goal in the first period, but Evgeni Nabokov managed just 12 saves as the Islanders suffered their fourth consecutive defeat. Colin McDonald netted New York's other goal, with Brian Strait notching two assists in the setback.