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NHL Game Summary - NY Rangers at Buffalo

(Friday, January 9th)

Final Score: Buffalo 2, NY Rangers 1 (SO)

Buffalo, NY (Sports Network) - Ales Kotalik scored the lone shootout goal, as the Buffalo Sabres slipped by the New York Rangers, 2-1, at HSBC Arena.

Kotalik was the first shooter in the extra segment and with a quick release drilled a shot that beat Steve Valiquette on the glove side. Ryan Miller turned aside all three Ranger bids, including a stop on former Sabres co- captain Chris Drury to seal the win.

Derek Roy scored in regulation for Buffalo, which matched its longest winning streak since opening the 2008-09 campaign with four straight victories. Drew Stafford and Thomas Vanek assisted on the tally, while Miller stopped 43 shots, including a combined 16 in the third period and overtime.

Paul Mara lit the lamp for the slumping Rangers, who have dropped six of their last eight games. Valiquette made a total of 20 saves in the third period and extra session and finished the game with 32.

New York outshot the Sabres 14-7 in the first period, and Mara notched the only goal, letting a wrister go from the right point that got through traffic and past a screened Miller with 37 seconds remaining.

The Rangers controlled most of the play in the middle stanza, holding a 14-6 edge in shots, but Miller was up to the task and Roy managed to slip a rebound of a Stafford offering between Valiquette's pads with 3:24 to play, and the clubs went into the third period deadlocked at one.

Game Notes

Roy has registered four goals and four assists in the last four games while Vanek has two goals and four assists during that span...Sabres forward Tim Connolly returned to the lineup after missing the previous 24 games with a rib injury...New York defenseman Michal Rozsival left the game in the third period with an apparent head injury...The Rangers finished 0-for-2 on the power play and were not whistled for any infractions...Buffalo improved to 4-2 in shootouts, while New York fell to 8-2...The Rangers kicked off a season-long five-game road trip.

01/09 22:40:25 ET

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