The New York Islanders fielded their strongest lineup of the season and outshot the Buffalo Sabres 43-15, but the Isles lost 3-2 thanks to Ryan Miller choosing this night in his thus far uneven season to steal a game with 41 saves.

That's pretty much the story.

As tempting as it is to blame Evgeni Nabokov, who's let in some softies this week, for giving up the first goal in each period, his teammates made mistakes on two of those in what was otherwise a well-played game by the Isles. The tying goal was on John Tavares' stick -- what more can you hope for? -- via a late third-period penalty shot, but he hit the post for the second time in the game.

Most of Miller's 41 saves weren't of the highlight reel variety, but they were enough and in a game like this you can hope to have more than two of them get by.

This loss extends the Islanders regulation losing streak to four and their fans' funk to infinity, but it was the performance the team needed in everything but the finishing and the game-saving saves. (Granted, those last two are usually kind of important.)