|Thursday's NHL Playoff Capsules|
|Written by Admin|
|Thursday, 12 April 2007 20:56|
Sabres 4, Islanders 1
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Chris Drury and Brian Campbell each scored two goals, helping the top-seeded Sabres open the playoffs with a victory.
As they did in finishing the season with a league-leading 53 wins and 308 goals, the Sabres showed off their balanced offense. Campbell's game-opening goal was set up by fourth-line center Tim Connolly, and Buffalo converted two of six power-play chances.
Better still, Buffalo was sound on defense, limiting the Islanders to 21 shots, including just one in the first period.
Arron Asham scored for New York, which clinched the East's eighth and final playoff berth by winning its last four games of the regular season.
Minor league goaltender Wade Dubielewicz wasn't to blame in making his career playoff debut filling in for starter Rick DiPietro, who's out after sustaining two concussions last month. Dubielewicz kept the Isles in by stopping 20 of the first 22 shots, and finished with 31 saves.