Islanders rally to steal OT win over the Sabres

Buffalo Sabres head coach Phil Housley talks with a referee during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Pittsburgh, Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017. The Penguins won 5-1. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Leading 2-1 late in the third period, Robin Lehner dove across the crease to make a spectacular glove save on Islander winger Josh Bailey to preserve what looked to be a potential 2-1 win for the Blue and Gold in their first game back from the holiday break.

The league offices in Toronto had other ideas and stopped the game for a review.  It was ruled a good goal, with the puck crossing the line mid-air as Lehner swatted the puck out of the net with his glove.

“Toronto already made up their mind it was a goal, that’s how it works in this league,” a frustrated Lehner said after the game.  “The Bills have that play last game — it’s something against Buffalo.”

“If Toronto is making that call, they have to be 100% sure,” Kyle Okposo added.

The winger scored his sixth goal of the season, which gave Buffalo a 2-1 lead in the third.

Lehner stopped 22 of the 25 shots he faced.  Of the three goal he allowed, it was Matthew Barzal’s tally 1:08 in overtime that handed the Sabres their eighth overtime loss of the season, which is tied for the league league. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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