Lee scores 2 in Islanders' 4-2 win over Sabres

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If Tavares also believes that the poor ice contributed to his injury then the conditions the Islanders play in could be a sticking point when it comes to his extension talks. John is a huge engine and plays every single situation we've asked.

Tavares sustained the injury in the third period of Friday's 2-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils. "It's a big blow any time you see your best player go down", said Islanders coach Doug Weight, who has posted a 19-12-4 record since taking over for the fired Jack Capuano.

The Sabres outshot the Islanders 9-0 to start the second period, with Evander Kane tying the game 1-1 at 10:08, but the Islanders responded less than a minute later. NY didn't have a shot on goal for the first 11:04 of the period prior to Ho-Sang's goal.

"Injuries happen. It's not fun, but it gives somebody a chance, right?" Lee has benefited from playing with John Tavares (lower body) for the majority of the campaign, and with the star center likely finished for the remainder of the regular season, the winger's fantasy stock takes a hit. NY F Ryan Strome missed his fourth consecutive game with an upper-body injury and F Nikolay Kulemin sat out his third straight game because of an upper-body injury. The Sabres did give the Columbus Blue Jackets all they could handle in a 3-1 defeat at Columbus on Tuesday night. "You always set your goals to improve on prior seasons and continue to become a better player, but you have to get plenty of breaks and play with some great players all season and the chemistry that we've had has benefited me a lot".

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"I love breakaways", Ho-Sang said with a wide smile.

Ristolainen leads the Sabres with 39 assists and is fifth on the club with 44 points.

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.

Jones, 26, has played 56 games with the Sound Tigers this season, recording 18 points (five goals, 13 assists) with a plus-8 rating. Marian Hossa also scored in the first period for Chicago, and Patrick Kane assisted on all three goals as Chicago extended its division lead to nine points over idle Minnesota. In his last four games at home, Lehner is 3-1-0 and has allowed just seven goals.

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