Guerin hoping to build off milestone

NY Islanders (11-21-3) at Buffalo (16-14-5), 7:00 pm EST

BUFFALO, New York (Ticker) — Captain Bill Guerin’s milestone
performance and goaltender Rick DiPietro’s return helped the New
York Islanders end a losing streak.

The Islanders will look to build off that momentum and pick up
their first road win since November 24, when they visit the
Buffalo Sabres on Saturday.

Guerin scored twice to record his 400th career goal as New York
snapped a 10-game losing skid Friday with a 4-1 victory over the
Toronto Maple Leafs. The 38-year-old Guerin becomes the eighth
American-born player and 79th overall to reach the plateau.

“Those goals came at a good time,” said Guerin, who has 13 goals
and 11 assists in 35 games this season. “Everybody kept a good
attitude and a good work ethic (during the streak).

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“It means I’ve been able to stick around in this league for
quite some time now and had some success at doing it.”

The Islanders also received a boost from the return of DiPietro,
who – after a two-month absence – stopped 28 shots. He also had
an assist.

The Sabres are hoping to end a three-game losing streak after
suffering a 3-2 setback to the Washington Capitals on Friday.

Thomas Vanek netted his team-leading 25th goal for Buffalo,
which has posted a 5-3-2 record over its previous 10 contests.
Vanek is second to Philadelphia’s Jeff Carter for the league
lead in goals.