Michael Houser wins first NHL game as Sabres top Islanders, 4-2

Michael Houser made 34 saves to earn a victory in his NHL debut.

Behind Houser’s stellar performance, the Buffalo Sabres defeated the New York Islanders 4-2 on Monday at KeyBank Center.

With every other goaltender under contract unavailable, Houser, 28, appeared in his first professional game since March 7, 2020 – a 24-save shutout for Cincinnati of the ECHL. Houser last played in the AHL during the 2017-18 season and had never stepped onto the ice for an NHL game until Monday night.

Sam Reinhart had a three-point night against the Islanders with two goals and an assist. Tage Thompsonย recorded a goal and an assist, and Rasmus Asplund also scored for Buffalo.

Adam Pelech and Oliver Wahlstrom were New York’s goal scorers. Semyon Varlamov made 36 saves.

Buffalo’s power play went 1-for-3 and the Sabres’ penalty kill finished 1-for-1.