NHL Game Summary - Buffalo at NY Rangers
(Thursday, April 10th)
Final Score: NY Rangers 2, Buffalo 1
New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Rick Nash's goal with 1:42 left to play
closed out the New York Rangers' regular-season home schedule on a positive
note, lifting the Blueshirts to a 2-1 victory over the Buffalo Sabres
that clinched home-ice advantage for the first round of the upcoming playoffs.
Nash's one-timer off a Martin St. Louis feed, coupled with Philadelphia's loss
to Tampa Bay on Thursday, secured second place in the Metropolitan Division
heading into New York's finale at Montreal on Saturday. The Rangers will face
either the Flyers or Columbus in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals.
Henrik Lundqvist did his part by stopping 23-of-24 shots and Benoit Pouliot
also scored to help the Rangers overcome a 1-0 deficit late in the second
"We showed some patience, it's not an easy game," Lundqvist remarked. "It felt
like they came out pretty good, but after that they were just waiting for
something good to happen to them and we took over the game."
Drew Stafford accounted for Buffalo's lone goal, with Matt Hackett coming up
with 28 saves in the lowly Sabres' fifth consecutive loss.
"Those are the things that have happened to us for the vast majority of the
year. It's inconsistent," said Sabres head coach Ted Nolan of his team's
inability to hold on. "We play well and then we don't play very well. We make
good plays and then we turn over the puck."
Buffalo, last in the NHL with 51 points, was still on track to take a lead
into the second intermission despite being outshot by a whopping 18-1 margin
in the middle session. However, Mats Zuccarello hit Pouliot in stride with a
well-placed cross-ice pass and the New York wing rifled a shot just under the
crossbar to pull the Rangers even with just 30.4 seconds left in the frame.
The Sabres did make their only shot count, though, as Mike Weber flicked the
puck in front of the New York net to enable Stafford to sneak a backhander
past Lundqvist near the midway mark of the second period.
Buffalo had a pair of power-play chances in the final nine minutes with the
game still deadlocked at 1-1, but the Rangers killed them both before finally
going in front with time winding down in regulation.
Derick Brassard led a transition rush before giving the puck off to St. Louis,
who sent a long pass that Nash quickly deposited over Hackett's glove for the
"In the end we came out with some big plays and some big kills on the [penalty
kill], and that final goal was just a beauty," Lundqvist said.
The Sabres outshot New York 12-9 during a scoreless opening period in which
the Rangers failed to convert a pair of power-play opportunities.
Stafford, back from a four-game absence due to an undisclosed injury, now has
seven goals and an assist in his last eight meetings with the Rangers ...
Pouliot's goal extended his point streak to seven games ... New York improved
to 31-8-3 when Zuccarello registers a point this season ... Weber is on a
career-best three-game point streak ... The Rangers took all three matchups
between the teams, earning their first season sweep of the Sabres since
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