Series (Game 4 of 4)

New York leads 4-0

Game 1: Saturday, October 11th
Game 2: Saturday, January 17th
Game 3: Saturday, February 21st
Game 4: Friday, February 27th

Islanders 4

(30-23-2, 71 pts)

Sabres 2

(28-29-1, 63 pts)

8:00 PM ET, February 27, 2004

First Niagara Center, Buffalo, New York

1 2 3 T
NYI 1 2 14
BUF 0 2 02

O. Kvasha (Islanders - LW): Goals: 1, Assists: 2

R. DiPietro (Islanders - G): Saves: 42, Save Pct.: .955

C. Drury (Sabres - LW): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

NY Islanders (29-23-9-2) at Buffalo (28-28-6-1) 8:00 pm EST

BUFFALO, New York (Ticker) -- The New York Islanders can sweep the season series from the Buffalo Sabres for the third time in team history Friday night.

The Islanders have won six in a row from the Sabres since a 5-1 road loss on October 10, 2002. They have not swept the Sabres since 1989-90.

New York has outscored the Sabres, 14-3, in the three meetings this season. The Islanders are six points ahead of the Sabres for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

The Islanders fell three points behind the seventh-place Montreal Canadiens after losing, 6-3, to the rival New York Rangers on Thursday.

Hoping to give Rick DiPietro some rest, Islanders coach Steve Stirling started Garth Snow. But Snow was pulled 4:35 into the game after allowing two goals and later came back when DiPietro gave up three more goals. The Islanders lost all six meetings with the Rangers this season.

Former Sabres center Michael Peca left Thursday's game in the first period with a right leg laceration and is day-to-day.

Buffalo has lost two in a row following a six-game unbeaten streak. The Sabres followed Saturday's loss by getting routed, 8-2, at New Jersey on Wednesday. Mika Noronen allowed five goals on 24 shots before being replaced by Martin Biron early in the second period. On Saturday, Biron was pulled after allowing four goals on 25 shots.

The Sabres have not lost three in a row since January 15-20.