Islanders Edged by Sabres 4-3

Brian Gionta scored twice, including the deciding goal with 2:14 left in overtime, to lead the Buffalo Sabres to a 4-3 win over the New York Islanders on Saturday night.

Matt Moulson and Evan Rodrigues also scored for the Sabres, who finished the season with a 35-36-11 record and will miss the playoffs. Linus Ullmark made 21 saves.

Scott Mayfield, Alan Quine and John Tavares scored and Christopher Gibson made 22 saves for the Islanders, who are still waiting to learn their playoff opponent.

Despite the loss, the Islanders can still clinch third place in the Metropolitan Division. They trail the New York Rangers by one point for third place. The Rangers finished their regular season by beating the Detroit Red Wings, 3-2 on Saturday.

The Islanders will end their season Sunday night at home against Philadelphia in a game rescheduled because of a snowstorm. The Flyers clinched a playoff berth earlier Saturday by beating the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Should the Islanders win Sunday, they would meet Pittsburgh in the first round. If they lose, they would draw the Atlantic Division champion Florida Panthers.

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