The Sabres appeared to have one objective for their preseason finale: Don't get hurt.
It failed as Zach Bogosian left early in the third period Friday. The reason wasn't immediately available.
"Our doctors are going to take a look at him tonight," coach Phil Housley said in KeyBank Center.
There was almost nothing else of note as Buffalo's preseason schedule came to a quiet end. The Sabres lost, 3-1, to the New York Islanders to finish the exhibition schedule with a 1-4-1 record.
Scoring chances were minimal for both teams despite lineups that resembled the pending opening-night rosters.
Quick impact: In his first game since joining the Sabres off waivers, right wing Jordan Nolan reached the score sheet with an assist. He applied pressure in the corner of the Islanders' zone, forcing a turnover to Sam Reinhart.
The center fed Johan Larsson and quickly got the puck back in the slot. Reinhart went high to beat goaltender Jaroslav Halak for his first goal of the preseason with 2:15 gone in the second.
Reinhart goal pic.twitter.com/FXj5g0XWd9
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One highlight: The first period was as quiet as it gets. New York was credited with a 5-4 shot edge, and it scored the only goal.
Nick Leddy chipped a bouncing puck near the blue line to center Mathew Barzal, who quickly fed a cross-ice pass to Anders Lee. Goaltender Robin Lehner slid over in time, but Lee beat him to the stick side with 2:53 left.
Anders Lee goal pic.twitter.com/ftXB4tbkeG
— steph (@myregularface) September 29, 2017
Back in front: New York took a 2-1 lead midway through the second period on a great shot by Jordan Eberle. He coasted through a soft spot in the slot and sent a backhand laser into the top corner, drawing gasps from the sparse crowd after the initial shot and during the replay.
The Islanders had an 8-7 shot edge during the second, building their advantage to 13-11 through 40 minutes.
— NHL (@NHL) September 30, 2017
Padding the stats: The Islanders' Nikolay Kulemin scored into an empty net with 1:47 to play.
The lineup: Jack Eichel centered for left wing Evander Kane and right wing Jason Pominville. Ryan O'Reilly was in the middle of Zemgus Girgensons and Kyle Okposo. Reinhart skated between Matt Moulson and Seth Griffith. Jacob Josefson centered for Larsson and Nolan.
Griffith got a look alongside Eichel and Kane during the third period.
On defense, Nathan Beaulieu started alongside Bogosian. Victor Antipin was paired with Rasmus Ristolainen. Josh Gorges shared the blue line with Justin Falk.
The A's: Okposo, Ristolainen and Kane served as the alternate captains.
Counting the house: The Sabres announced 16,967 tickets sold. Actual attendance was less than 50 percent of that.
Nashville Predators announcer Pete Weber watched from the press box. He was in town for Thursday's induction to the Buffalo Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame.
Next: From now on, it counts. The Sabres will open the 2017-18 regular season Thursday when Montreal comes to town.