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Nathan Lawson #52 and Bruno Gervais #8 of the New York Islanders stop Jochen Hecht #55 of the Buffalo Sabres at HSBC Arena. (Jan. 21, 2011)

Islanders 5, Sabres 2

The Isles pulled off a road win against Buffalo, but lost goaltender Nathan Lawson to an injury in the process.

Radek Martinek #24 of the New York Islanders
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Radek Martinek #24 of the New York Islanders pushes Thomas Vanek #26 of the Buffalo Sabres at HSBC Arena. (Jan. 21, 2011)

Matt Moulson #26 of the New York Islanders
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Matt Moulson #26 of the New York Islanders shoots against the Buffalo Sabres at HSBC Arena. (Jan. 21, 2011)

Nathan Lawson #52 and Bruno Gervais #8 of
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Nathan Lawson #52 and Bruno Gervais #8 of the New York Islanders stop Jochen Hecht #55 of the Buffalo Sabres at HSBC Arena. (Jan. 21, 2011)

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Ryan Miller #30 of the Buffalo Sabres flips
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Ryan Miller #30 of the Buffalo Sabres flips the puck to Tyler Myers #57 and away from Matt Moulson #26 of the New York Islanders at HSBC Arena. (Jan. 21, 2011)

Matt Martin #17 and Jeremy Colliton #37 of
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Matt Martin #17 and Jeremy Colliton #37 of the New York Islanders collide with Steve Montador # 4 of the Buffalo Sabres at HSBC Arena. (Jan. 21, 2011)

Marc-Andre Gragnani #17 of the Buffalo Sabres skates
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Marc-Andre Gragnani #17 of the Buffalo Sabres skates against the New York Islanders at HSBC Arena. (Jan. 21, 2011)

New York Islanders' Frans Nielsen (51) of Denmark,
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New York Islanders' Frans Nielsen (51) of Denmark, breaks his stick on a shot under pressure from Buffalo Sabres' Jordan Leopold (3) during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Buffalo, N.Y. (Jan. 21, 2011)

Buffalo Sabres' Nathan Gerbe (42) passes in front
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Buffalo Sabres' Nathan Gerbe (42) passes in front of New York Islanders' Kyle Okposo (21) during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Buffalo, N.Y. (Jan. 21, 2011)

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Nathan Gerbe #42 of the Buffalo Sabres skates
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Nathan Gerbe #42 of the Buffalo Sabres skates against Frans Nielsen #51 of the New York Islanders at HSBC Arena. (Jan. 21, 2011)

Matt Moulson #26 of the New York Islanders
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Matt Moulson #26 of the New York Islanders looks to make a play in front of Mike Weber #6 of the Buffalo Sabres at HSBC Arena. (Jan. 21, 2011)

Patrick Lalime #40 of the Buffalo Sabres makes
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Patrick Lalime #40 of the Buffalo Sabres makes a save on John Tavares #91 of the New York Islanders at HSBC Arena. (Jan. 21, 2011)

Michael Grabner #40 of the New York Islanders
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Michael Grabner #40 of the New York Islanders skates away from Ryan Miller #30 of the Buffalo Sabres at HSBC Arena. (Jan. 21, 2011)

PA Parenteau #15 of the New York Islanders
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PA Parenteau #15 of the New York Islanders reacts after scoring New York's third goal against the Buffalo Sabres at HSBC Arena. (Jan. 21, 2011)

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