Getting hosed by the ref and losing NHL style
The two teams have certainly kept NHL video replay officials busy in a series that the top-seeded Sabres can end in Game 5 on Friday night.
It began during Game 3 on Monday night, when a video review ruled Sabres Thomas Vanek's shot dribbled in over the goal line in Buffalo's 3-2 victory. Then came the Sabres' 4-2 win Wednesday night, when the Islanders had a potential tying goal disallowed with 1:42 remaining when referee Mike Leggo ruled Miller was pushed into the goal with the puck underneath him. Leggo's decision was upheld by replay officials in Toronto.
"The timing of it stinks for them," Miller said. "But it's worked out for us and we have to take advantage."
Islanders coach Ted Nolan said the team has to move on from the disallowed goal and prepare for the next game.
"That's water under the bridge," Nolan said. "As far as we're concerned, that was a goal but, hey, what can you do about it?"
The Islanders have little time to regroup if they plan to force Game 6, which would be at Long Island on Sunday night, and avoid losing their fifth consecutive first-round playoff series. New York hasn't advanced past the first round since reaching the conference finals in 1993.
The key is forgetting what happened Wednesday.
"We can't sit around here and feel sorry for ourselves," goalie Rick DiPietro said. "Now it's up to us. We have three games left and we have to win all three."