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.
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