Varlamov, Islanders blank Sabres in 9th straight win

Varlamov made 27 saves and Derick Brassard scored in the first period as the Islanders beat the Buffalo Sabres 1-0 on Saturday night for their ninth straight win.

”Winning is lots of fun,” Varlamov said following his first shutout victory since joining the Islanders in free agency during the offseason. ”We did a lot of good things today. The team battled all game. It wasn’t an easy one.”

After a 1-3 start to the season, the Islanders have won nine straight for the third time in franchise history. Their most recent 9-0-0 run came from Dec. 31, 1989 to Jan. 19, 1990. The franchise record is 15 consecutive wins during the 1981-82 season.

”It’s a full commitment from everyone,” Brassard said. ”It’s fun to see. Everyone is chipping in in many ways.”


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