Lee helps Isles win first game since Tavares' injury

New York Islanders left wing Josh Bailey

New York Islanders left wing Josh Bailey

New York Islanders captain John Tavares was helped off the ice during Friday's 2-1 win over the New Jersey Devils.

The Islanders entered the game sitting 10th in the Eastern Conference standings, and six points behind Boston, which holds the eighth and final playoff spot.

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 has a team-leading 66 points (28 goals, 38 assists) for NY (36-29-12), which has an uphill climb in its quest for the postseason with only five games remaining on its schedule.

Lee then sealed the victory by capitalizing on Sabres defenseman Jake McCabe's giveaway to the left of the Buffalo net.

ABOUT THE ISLANDERS (36-29-12): NY features a walking wounded department as fourth-liner Casey Cizikas and defenseman Travis Hamonic are nursing upper-body injuries while Ryan Strome (broken wrist) and Nikolay Kulemin (upper body) are also being plagued by long-term ailments.

"When you lose a player like Johnny, you've got to keep it simple and play north-south", Lee said.

Ndidi scores stunner as Leicester sink Stoke 2-0
Against Stoke on Saturday he added to his showreel with another beauty of a goal to open his Premier League account for the Foxes. Leicester City: Schmeichel; Simpson, Huth, Morgan, Fuchs; Mahrez, Drinkwater, Ndidi, Albrighton; Vardy, Okazaki.

Cal Clutterbuck and Joshua Ho-Sang also scored and Jaroslav Halak stopped 35 shots to improve to 3-1 since being recalled from the minors.

Evander Kane, with his team-leading 27th goal, and Zemgus Girgensons scored for Buffalo in a game the Sabres never led.

"I think we deserved a better fate tonight and I have to be better", Lehner said. The puck squirted into the lower left circle, from where Lee backhanded a shot in for his team-leading 31st goal.

Lee scored his 30th and 31st goals - both unassisted - of the season during Sunday's win over Buffalo. Dennis Seidenberg worked the puck to Ho-Sang who took off on a breakaway and deked Robin Lehner with a nice backhand-forehand move to restore the lead at 11:04.

NY defensive Dennis Seidenberg forced Jack Eichel to commit a turnover along the left boards of the Islanders zone, and sprung Ho-Sang on a breakaway.

Then there's Ho-Sang, who scored his fourth goal and 10th point in 17 games since making his National Hockey League debut. "It's just me and the goalie". Sabres RW Kyle Okposo (illness) missed his second straight game and will also be out Monday against Toronto. Islanders C Connor Jones made his National Hockey League debut a day after being called up from AHL Bridgeport.

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