NHL Game Summary - Buffalo at NY Rangers|
(Tuesday, March 1st)
Final Score: Buffalo 3, NY Rangers 2
New York, NY (Sports Network) - Ryan Miller was strong with 29 saves and
helped the Buffalo Sabres defeat the New York Rangers, 3-2, at Madison Square
Tyler Myers, Brad Boyes and Jochen Hecht scored for the Sabres, who have won
three of their last four games and will continue their seven-game road trip in
Raleigh against the Hurricanes on Thursday.
"Just keep grinding," Miller said. "This road trip is about the game we're
going to play the day of the game."
Artem Anisimov and Erik Christensen tallied for the Rangers, who have dropped
two straight and four of their last six contests overall.
Henrik Lundqvist allowed three goals on 26 shots in the loss.
The only goal of the opening period was Myers' 10th of the season, which was
scored on the power play with 2:45 remaining.
At the 13-minute mark of the second stanza, the Sabres moved ahead by two
courtesy of Boyes' power-play tally. A blind backhand pass by Paul Gaustad
from the right side of the crease crossed the goal mouth before Boyes, from
near the left post, swiped it along the ice and into the back of the cage.
But the Rangers sliced their deficit in half with a power-play goal of their
own just 45 seconds later. With Mike Weber off for kneeing, Christensen's shot
from above the right circle was never seen by Miller, who was completely
screened in front by Ryan Callahan. The goal judge didn't see the puck either,
as the light never went on, but the referees quickly skated in and signaled
the tally, Christensen's ninth of the season.
Hecht's goal 4:45 into the third saw the Sabres regain their two-goal
advantage. Andrej Sekera, from atop the left circle, wound up as if to shoot
but instead sent a pass into the low slot for a textbook redirection by Hecht,
who was all alone and scored for the 11th time this season.
New York quickly drew within 3-2 only 1:20 later. With Miller laying on the
ice during a scramble, Anisimov gained control in the low slot and easily lit
the lamp with a high wrist shot at the 6:05 mark.
The Rangers had several chances down the stretch and pulled their netminder
for the extra attacker in the final minute-plus, but Miller held tight and the
Sabres defense corps used several clears to seal the victory.
"We had many opportunities in the third but we can't get that next goal," said
Rangers head coach John Tortorella. "We will keep on working on it until we
New York defenseman Marc Staal (knee) did not play...The Rangers were 1-for-3
on the power play, while the Sabres converted two of their three chances with
the extra skater...New York fell to 14-15-3 on home ice this season.
03/02 00:46:29 ET