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NHL Game Summary - NY Rangers at Buffalo

(Friday, December 1st)

Final Score: Buffalo 4, NY Rangers 3 (SO)

Buffalo, NY (Sports Network) - Daniel Briere scored the lone shootout goal and Ryan Miller came up with some huge stops in overtime to guide Buffalo to a 4-3 victory over the New York Rangers.

Miller, who made six saves in the extra session when the Sabres killed off a hooking penalty to Teppo Numminen, ended with 36 stops, not including ones on Michael Nylander, Brendan Shanahan and Petr Prucha in the shootout, as Buffalo won for the fourth time in five contests.

Jochen Hecht, Brian Campbell and Chris Drury scored for the Sabres, while Maxim Afinogenov tallied two assists in the win. Buffalo's last two wins have come against the Rangers, including a 3-2 overtime victory in New York on Sunday.

"I really believe the difference between us and some teams out there with skill is a game like this," Miller said. "We had a lead, we gave it up. We battled back to get a tie and then battled through the third and overtime to get a chance to win."

Michal Rozsival, Straka and Nylander scored for the Rangers, who lost their third straight, all after regulation. New York finished 0-4 against Buffalo this season. Straka had a three-point night, while Jaromir Jagr added two assists.

Kevin Weekes had 16 saves for the Rangers.

"Of course they're probably the best team right now, but every night starts at zero-zero," Jagr said. "We had our chances. All of them went overtime or shootout. We made some mistakes, it cost us the game."

The game was actually played with minimal lighting when some of the overhead lights went out at HSBC Arena. It came on a windy night in Buffalo after a strong cold front swept through the area.

The Rangers outshot the Sabres, 6-0, in OT. Miller made stops on Jagr and Rozsival to keep the game tied.

Briere, the first shooter during the shootout, then scored on a stall move near the net. Weekes, however, made saves on Ales Kotalik and Afinogenov to give the Rangers hope, but Prucha was denied at the end.

The Sabres bolted to a 2-0 lead by early in the second period. Hecht scored on a sharp angle shot from the left side following a turnover with 2:51 left in the first period. Campbell then netted his fourth of the season on a backhander from the bottom of the right circle at 1:50 of the middle stanza.

Rozsival's goal, a one-timer from the right circle after a pass from Straka, with 4 1/2 minutes left in the second brought the Rangers within 2-1.

The Rangers seized a 3-2 lead with two power play goals in 26 seconds in the third as Campbell and Paul Gaustad were in the penalty box for Buffalo. Straka's tally came at 7:20 on a one-timer from the left circle after a cross- ice pass from Jagr. A short time later, Miller stopped Straka's shot from the high slot, but Nylander gobbled up the rebound and put the puck high into the net.

Drury tied the score less than two minutes later. Afinogenov passed the puck a short distance from above the right circle into the same circle to Drury, who cut to the net before flipping the puck high over Weekes.

Game Notes

This marked the fourth and final meeting this season...Straka has six goals and six assists in his last six games...The Sabres, 20-3-2, are currently leading the Eastern Conference with 42 points.

12/02 00:29:29 ET

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