UNIONDALE, N.Y. – Third-period, power-play goals by Daniel Briere, Tim Connolly and Ales Kotalik lifted the Buffalo Sabres to a come-from-behind 6-4 win over the New York Islanders.

Briere scored off a wrist shot from the left circle with 8:29 left, and Connolly, a former Islanders first-round draft pick, netted the winner with 5:06 remaining on a wrist shot that crossed the goal line just before the net was knocked off its moorings. Kotalik scored his second of the game with 92 seconds left.

J.P. Dumont, Kotalik and Jochen Hecht also scored even-strength goals for the Sabres, who snapped a two-game losing streak. Martin Biron made his season debut and turned aside 34 shots.

Former Sabres Miroslav Satan and Alexei Zhitnik scored for New York, as did Robert Nilsson and Alexei Yashin.

Rick DiPietro started in net and stopped nine of 12 shots before being replaced by eventual loser Garth Snow, who made 16 saves.

The Islanders took a 1-0 lead 83 seconds in when Satan finished off a rush by snapping Arron Asham’s cross-ice feed high to the short side. The goal was Satan’s team-leading eighth of the season and was the first shot of the game.

Satan is off to a surprisingly quick start after failing to record a point during the preseason.

Dumont tied it at 3:24 on sheer will by Dumont, who stood his ground in front of DiPietro, found a loose puck, and poked it between the goalie’s pads.

Zhitnik fired in a center point slap shot on a power play to put New York back on top at 6:13.

Kotalik’s power play goal tied it 2-2 at 16:05.

The only second-period goal put the Sabres ahead for the first time. Hecht sent a seemingly harmless 35-foot shot from the left wing that got past DiPietro.

Islanders coach Steve Stirling immediately pulled DiPietro in favor of Snow.

New York stormed back in the third period to tie it 76 seconds in when Nilsson finished a passing play and scored his first NHL goal.

Yashin gave the Islanders a 4-3 lead at 7:00 with a tip-in goal.

Notes: Buffalo was 4-for-8 on the power play, while the Islanders were 1-for-5. … Zhitnik had a five-game point scoring streak until Thursday’s loss to the Rangers. That game also stopped streaks of Satan (five games) and Yashin (seven games). … G Ryan Miller played every minute of the Sabres’ first 10 games before taking Saturday off.

AP-ES-10-29-05 2157EDT


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