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    April 16, 2019 3:48 AM BST
    BUFFALO Mika Zibanejad Jersey , N.Y. (AP) — made an emotional return to Buffalo and led the Islanders to a milestone victory for New York coach Barry Trotz.Lehner made 39 saves against his former team as the Islanders beat the Sabres 3-1 on Monday night.New York’s fourth straight victory moved Trotz into fourth place on the NHL’s all-time win list with 783, moving him ahead of Islanders franchise legend Al Arbour.“You get into coaching, you talk about certain names that you have respect for,” Trotz said before Monday’s game. “When you hear someone say, ‘Hey, you and Al Arbour,’ I feel a little out of place. It’s a total honor to be even mentioned.”Trotz said the Islanders players understood the significance of his passing Arbour, but the team was more proud of getting a win for Lehner in his first game back in Buffalo since March 29.Lehner left that game against Detroit because of a panic attack and was subsequently treated for alcohol addiction and also diagnosed with bipolar disorder, ADHD and PTSD. He signed with the Islanders in July after three seasons with the Sabres.“This one felt good,” Lehner said. “It was probably the hardest game I’ve played in my career. I don’t know why. It’s just a really weird feeling for me. I struggled mentality a little bit in the beginning of the game. It just felt weird. Somehow just got in the flow.”Lehner continued his hot play, winning his fourth start in a row and allowing one goal or fewer in regulation for the seventh time in eight games.“He was unbelievable,” defenseman Nick Leddy said. “He made some extremely timely saves and he was our best player.”Leddy Womens Pavel Buchnevich Jersey , Brock Nelson and Ryan Pulock scored for the Islanders, who won for the seventh time in eight games.Kyle Okposo scored and Carter Hutton stopped 30 shots for Buffalo, which has lost three in a row and five of six.The Sabres played most of the game without captain Jack Eichel, who went to the dressing room late in the first period with an upper-body injury and did not return.Eichel, a game-time decision by coach Phil Housley, started and played four shifts totaling 2:42. He sat out practice on Sunday.“I don’t think he’s going to be out long,” Housley said.Leddy gave the Islanders the lead 2:30 into the second period. Leo Komarov won a face-off in the offensive zone and Mathew Barzal sent the puck back to Leddy, who unleashed a slap shot from the left point that sailed through traffic and over Hutton’s shoulder into the far corner of the net.Nelson made it 2-0 in the opening minutes of the third period, scoring on a shot from the slot that bounced out of Hutton’s glove and into the net.The Sabres made a push in the third period, ending Lehner’s shutout bid and nearly coming back from the two-goal deficit.Okposo snapped a 21-game goal drought on a power play with 9:46 remaining. While Barzal served a slashing penalty, Okposo beat Lehner with a wrist shot from the right circle.Buffalo was unable to take advantage of an opportunity to tie the game on a power play that began with 6:53 left in the period.Lehner recorded an assist on Pulock’s empty-net goal with 31.4 seconds remaining.Trotz’s milestone victory comes in his first season with the Islanders. After coaching the Washington Capitals to the Stanley Cup last season, Trotz resigned following a contract dispute. He led the Capitals to 205 regular-season victories in four years and had 557 wins in 15 seasons with the Nashville Predators.Arbour tallied 740 of his 782 coaching victories during three stints with the Islanders Vladislav Namestnikov Jersey , from 1973-86, 1988-94 and for one game during the 2007-08 season. New York won four consecutive Stanley Cups (1980-83) under Arbour. He began his coaching career with the St. Louis Blues.NOTES: Lehner played in Buffalo for the first time since signing with the Islanders in free agency following three seasons as the Sabres’ top goaltender. He received a mix of cheers and boos when acknowledged on the video scoreboard early in the first period. . Barzal extended his points streak to five games. He has six goals and three assists in that stretch. . Sabres LW C.J. Smith made his season debut after being called up from the minors earlier Monday.UP NEXTIslanders: Will look to match their season-long win streak at home against Chicago on Thursday.Sabres: Host Panthers on Thursday. OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) Mike Hoffman joked with Robin Lehner earlier in the day that he was going to get a goal against his former teammate.Hours later Hoffman did just that, scoring 1:13 into overtime Thursday night to give the Ottawa Senators a 3-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres.Hoffman took a cross-ice pass from Erik Karlsson and beat Lehner with a one-timer from the left side to end Ottawa’s two-game skid.Article continues below ...”We were fortunate enough to catch them in a middle of a change and Karlsson made a great play and I just tried to hit the net,” Hoffman said. ”The ice is a little choppy in overtime and you never try to put one in the top corner, it’s more so just getting the puck on net and that’s what I tried to do.”Marian Gaborik and Derick Brassard also scored for the Senators, who rallied after trailing twice in the third period. Craig Anderson made 23 saves.Scott Wilson and Evan Rodrigues scored in regulation for the Sabres, and Lehner finished with 33 saves to fall to 5-0-3 against his former team.”He played terrific and he always seems to bring his best against Ottawa,” Sabres forward Kyle Okposo said of Lehner. ”It wasn’t a clean game and I thought our effort was sporadic. I thought in the second period they absolutely dominated us. We’ve got to better.’Brassard sent the game to overtime after tying the score 2-2 with 30.9 seconds left in regulation.”We got exactly what we deserved. The compete, the battles, (Ottawa) won the majority of them and even though we somehow found a way to get a 2-1 lead, we’ve played much better than that in the last three or four games Bobby Ryan Jersey ,” Sabres coach Phil Housley said.”It’s a good learning lesson for our guys that you have to come to play and prepare and compete every night.”Gaborik, making his Senators debut after being acquired from Los Angeles on Tuesday night, tied it 1-1 when he tipped a point shot from Karlsson past Lehner at 5:15 of the third.”I felt good right from the get go. Got use to some systems and some basic rules of thumb and I think it worked out pretty well,” said Gaborik, who also had an assist. ”We battled right to the end and I think their goalie held them in there. Happy to get going on a winning note.”Rodrigues put Buffalo back ahead with 4 1/2 minutes left as he took a pass from Kyle Okposo and beat Anderson off the post and in for his fourth of the season.Earlier in the third, the Sabres had their best offensive pressure of the game during a power play when they kept the puck in the Senators end for the entire two minutes. Kyle Okposo and Ryan O’Reilly both hit the post with shots, but that was as close as Buffalo got during the advantage.The Senators outshot the Sabres 22-12 over the first two periods and had four power plays to just one for the Sabres, but the only goal came 6:31 into the game as Wilson took a shot from the faceoff circle that beat Anderson on the short side. The puck was lobbed into the Senators end before being bobbled by the defensive pairing of Mark Borowiecki and Thomas Chabot and ended up on Wilson’s stick.NOTES: Nick Shore also made his Senators debut after coming over with Gaborik in the deal the sent Dion Phaneuf and Nate Thompson to the Kings. … Alexandre Burrows and Frederik Claesson sat out for the Senators. Burrows was serving the fourth game of a 10-game suspension for kneeing Taylor hall of the New Jersey Devils in the head. … Jack Eichel, Jordan Nolan and Justin Falk were scratched by the Sabres. … Buffalo has points in 10 straight games (7-0-3) against the Senators.UP NEXTSabres: Host Lost Angeles on Saturday.Senators: Host the New York Rangers on Saturday.