BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Semyon Varlamov made 27 saves, and New York beat Buffalo for its ninth straight win.
Derick Brassard scored in the first period as the Islanders continued their longest unbeaten streak in 30 years. They have won nine in a row twice before, in 1989-90 and during a franchise-record 15-game win streak during the 1981-82 season.
The Sabres lost in regulation at home for the first time this season and are on a three-game skid entering a trip to Sweden next week.
Carter Hutton stopped 20 shots to keep the Sabres in the game.