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Nathan Gerbe of the Buffalo Sabres and John Tavaresn of the New York Islanders battle for the puck along the boards. (Feb. 4, 2012)

Sabres 4, Islanders 3

The Islanders lost to the Buffalo Sabres in a shootout, 4-3

New York Islanders' Tim Wallace slams Buffalo Sabres'
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New York Islanders' Tim Wallace slams Buffalo Sabres' Andrej Sekera against the boards in the first period. (Feb. 4, 2012)

Frans Nielsen of the New York Islanders celebrates
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Frans Nielsen of the New York Islanders celebrates his second goal of the game at 17:17 of the first period against the Buffalo Sabres. (Feb. 4, 2012)

New York Islanders' Tim Wallace slams Buffalo Sabres'
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New York Islanders' Tim Wallace slams Buffalo Sabres' Andrej Sekera against the boards in the first period. (Feb. 4, 2012)

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Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miller waits near the
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Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miller waits near the goal during practice before an NHL hockey game against the New York Islanders. (Feb. 4, 2012)

Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miller leans on his
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Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miller leans on his stick before taking the ice for practice against the New York Islanders. (Feb. 4, 2012)

Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miller walks past teammate
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Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miller walks past teammate Patrick Kaleta before taking the ice for practice against the New York Islanders. (Feb. 4, 2012)

Buffalo Sabres' players Tyler Myers, left, Ville Leino,
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Buffalo Sabres' players Tyler Myers, left, Ville Leino, Derek Roy and Christian Ehrhoff celebrate Roy's goal in the second period as New York Islanders' Frans Nielsen kneels on the ice. (Feb. 4, 2012)

Mike Weber of the Buffalo Sabres waits for
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Mike Weber of the Buffalo Sabres waits for the start of warmups prior to the game against the New York Islanders. (Feb. 4, 2012)

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Nathan Gerbe of the Buffalo Sabres and John
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Nathan Gerbe of the Buffalo Sabres and John Tavaresn of the New York Islanders battle for the puck along the boards. (Feb. 4, 2012)

Nathan Gerbe (C) of the Buffalo Sabres scores
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Nathan Gerbe (C) of the Buffalo Sabres scores at 5:32 of the first period against the New York Islanders as Jordan Leopold (L) and Christian Ehrhoff (R) celebrate the goal. (Feb. 4, 2012)

John Tavares of the New York Islanders attempts
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John Tavares of the New York Islanders attempts a wraparound against Ryan Miller of the Buffalo Sabres. (Feb. 4, 2012)

Nathan Gerbe (L) of the Buffalo Sabres scores
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Nathan Gerbe (L) of the Buffalo Sabres scores at 5:32 of the first period against the New York Islanders and is hugged by Tyler Ennis (R) . (Feb. 4, 2012)

Steve Staios of the New York Islanders lines
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Steve Staios of the New York Islanders lines up Paul Gaustad of the Buffalo Sabres for a hit at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. (Feb. 4, 2012)

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Buffalo Sabres' Derek Roy celebrates his goal against
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Buffalo Sabres' Derek Roy celebrates his goal against New York Islanders goalie Al Montoya with teammate Jason Pominville. (Feb. 4, 2012)

Ryan Miller and Jordan Leopold of the Buffalo
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Ryan Miller and Jordan Leopold of the Buffalo Sabres defend the net against Matt Moulson of the New York Islanders. (Feb. 4, 2012)

Buffalo Sabres' Ville Leino and Jason Pominville celebrate
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Buffalo Sabres' Ville Leino and Jason Pominville celebrate Buffalo Derek Roy's goal as New York Islanders goalie Al Montoya, Michael Grabner and Dylan Reese react. (Feb. 4, 2012)

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