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Sabres get revenge over Islanders

THE Buffalo Sabres avenged a recent thrashing at the hands of the New York Islanders with a 3-0 victory on Wednesday.

Derek Roy scored his first goal of the season and Ryan Miller made 24 saves for the shutout as the Sabres earned retribution for a 5-0 thumping by the Islanders on Saturday.

"We played a real sound game coming off that loss," Miller told reporters.

"We did a very sound job pushing the puck up the ice, and we didn't give up anything that was too dangerous. We want to be a team that's in control."

Buffalo (9-2-1) won its fifth game in its last six while New York (5-5-5) had its four-game winning streak snapped. New York goaltender Martin Biron made 36 saves in the defeat.

Roy opened the scoring with a wrist shot at 8:27 in the first period, allowing the center to snap his goal drought this season. He scored 60 goals over the last two seasons.

Thomas Vanek netted a wrist shot at 17:13 in the second to give Buffalo a 2-0 lead before Paul Gaustad completed the scoring with 3:41 to go in the game.

Miller earned his second shutout of the season to improve to 9-1-1. The Northeast Division-leading Sabres have allowed just 24 goals in 12 games this season.

"We took some bad penalties in the first period that we certainly didn't have to take," said Islanders coach Scott Gordon. "It kind of just set the tempo for the whole game."

Elsewhere, Tomas Vokoun made 31 saves for his second straight shutout as the Florida Panthers extended the Carolina Hurricanes' winless streak to 10 games with a 3-0 victory.

Vokoun beat St Louis 4-0 on Saturday.

Also, it was: Sharks 3, Blue Jackets 2, SO; Devils 3, Capitals 2; Flames 3, Stars 2, OT; and Avalanche 4, Coyotes 1.


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