NHL: Buffalo 2, New York Islanders 1

Feb. 21, 2012 at 10:23 PM

BUFFALO, N.Y., Feb. 21 (UPI) -- Ryan Miller made 30 saves Tuesday and the Buffalo Sabres continued a late playoff push with a 2-1 win over the New York Islanders.

Miller turned aside 10-of-11 shots in the final period, keeping the Sabres in it as they went on to win their second straight in a long shot bid for an Eastern Conference playoff berth.

Buffalo, with 59 points, remained seven points out of the eighth and final spot in the East.

Thomas Vanek and Tyler Myers scored for the Sabres.

The Islanders had to play without starting goalie Evgeni Nabokov, who like Coach Jack Capuano, missed the game with the flu.

Replacement netminder Kevin Poulin turned aside 35 shots and Frans Nielsen tallied for the Isles.

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