Originally published Tuesday, November 29, 2011 at 6:41 PM

Rolston lifts Isles to 2-1 win over Sabres

Brian Rolston scored the go-ahead goal 9:23 into the third period and Al Montoya stopped 30 shots to give the New York Islanders their second straight road win by beating the Buffalo Sabres 2-1 on Tuesday night.

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Brian Rolston scored the go-ahead goal 9:23 into the third period and Al Montoya stopped 30 shots to give the New York Islanders their second straight road win by beating the Buffalo Sabres 2-1 on Tuesday night.

Matt Moulson also scored for New York which opened the season 0-5-2 away from Long Island before starting its four-game road trip with a 3-2 win at New Jersey on Saturday. Montoya was particularly solid in the third period, when he stopped 14 of the 15 shots he faced.

Jochen Hecht scored for the banged-up Sabres who have gone 3-4-1 in their past eight and dropped to 6-7-1 at home this season. Buffalo was missing seven regulars, and lost defenseman Jordan Leopold to an undisclosed upper body injury in the first period.

The Sabres now have the distinction of losing to each of the two conference's worst teams in less than a week after dropping a 5-1 decision at Western Conference cellar-dwelling Columbus on Friday.

Rolston scored 7:29 after Hecht tied the game, and it came on the ensuing face-off after Moulson was robbed of a goal when Buffalo center Luke Adam reached out with his stick to stop a rolling puck at the goal line.

Josh Bailey helped set up the decisive goal by forcing a scrum behind the Sabres net. David Ullstrom dug the puck out and fed Rolston to the left of the net. As Rolston was moving the puck to his forehand, the puck appeared to hit off the stick of Buffalo forward Nathan Gerbe and trickle in through the legs of Jhonas Enroth.

The Islanders' penalty-killers came up big by foiling all four of Buffalo's power-play chances, including a two-man advantage that began 11 minutes into the third period and spanned 1:34. Montoya was particularly sharp a minute into the two-man power play by preventing Thomas Vanek from getting a shot off after he was set up in the crease.

Montoya then lunged forward to get a piece of Derek Roy's shot from the right circle.

After two conservatively played periods, the game opened up in the third.

The Sabres tied it 1:54 into the third period courtesy of a fortunate bounce. Parked at the left boards, Thomas Vanek's pass into the middle bounced off the back of teammate Jason Pominville's skate and directly to Hecht, who was trailing on the play.

With Montoya leaning the other way, Hecht snapped a shot just inside the right post. He's now scored in consecutive games, and was playing his fourth since missing the first 20 of the season with a concussion.

The Islanders opened the scoring 6:47 in by working the puck up the right boards to Mark Streit, who blasted a shot from the point through a crowd, the shot tipped in by Moulson, who was parked in front. It was the Isles' second power-play goal in their past 20 chances covering a seven-game span.

Enroth was sharp at the other end to keep the game close.

He got his right pad out to stop Matt Martin's shot from the slot early in the second period. Enroth's best save came in the closing seconds of the frame when he first stopped Milan Jurcina's shot from the right circle. The rebound struck the back of Kyle Okposo's skate to the right of the net. With the puck rolling toward the open side, Enroth reached back with his stick to stop it before it crossed the line.

NOTES: Prior to the game, the Sabres recalled forward Paul Szczechura from AHL Rochester, a day after he had been demoted. He filled in for Patrick Kaleta, who missed his fourth game with a lower body injury. ... The Isles have been shut out an NHL-worst six times already this season, matching their total for all of last season. ... Isles F Jay Pandolfo missed his first game since breaking his foot in a 3-2 win at New Jersey on Saturday. Rookie Nino Niederreiter took his place after missing four games as a healthy scratch. ... Sabres G Ryan Miller is expected to practice Wednesday for the first time in more than two weeks since being sidelined with a concussion/neck injury. He's missed eight games since being bowled over by Boston's Milan Lucic in a 6-2 loss at the Bruins on Nov. 12.

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