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NHL Game Summary - NY Rangers at Buffalo

(Saturday, October 14th)

Final Score: Buffalo 7, NY Rangers 4

Buffalo, NY (Sports Network) - Chris Drury recorded his first career hat trick and added an assist as the Buffalo Sabres thumped the New York Rangers, 7-4, at HSBC Arena.

Daniel Briere had a goal and two assists and Maxim Afinogenov added a goal and an assist for the Sabres, who have won all five of their games this season and are off to their best start since the 1975-76 club won a franchise-record eight straight games to open the season.

Ryan Miller made 19 saves for Buffalo.

"A lot of hardship right now," said Miller of the recent weather crisis in Buffalo. "A lot of people being inconvenienced, having a tough time at home. To have (the fans) come out. I thought the reaction was priceless. They just had a great night in the middle of this state of emergency. They were having a lot of fun. We're happy to provide it."

Brendan Shanahan scored twice and Fedor Tyutin notched a goal for the Rangers, who have lost three straight after starting the season with victories in their first two games. Kevin Weekes was shelled for seven goals on 25 shots.

"They got some goals at the end of the first period," said Shanahan. "After that we were back on our heels, not a very confident group. We certainly came out and started the game well. It just goes to show it's a sixty minute game. We've got a lot of work to do. We're going to do it."

The Rangers took a 2-0 lead in the first period when Shanahan scored on a one- timer from the slot for a 5-on-3 goal and a bit later Tyutin's slap shot from the right point went into the left corner of the net with 7:04 left in the first.

The Sabres, though, took a 3-2 lead into the first intermission with three straight goals.

Ales Kotalik started the burst when he knocked in a rebound off a Jiri Novotny shot with 5:08 left in the opening 20 minutes.

A little under three minutes later while on the power play, Brian Campbell cranked a slap shot from the left point that Weekes made a save on, but the rebound went to the left side and Drury tapped it in.

The last goal came when Jason Pominville had the disc at the left circle and dished it in the slot to Briere, who tipped it under Weekes' left pad with 1:03 left.

Buffalo continued to pour it on in the second period and scored four more goals.

Afinogenov tipped a point shot from Jaroslav Spacek into the net a little over three minutes in and Jochen Hecht's shot from the right side deflected off the stick of New York's Thomas Pock and into the net at the 8:48 mark to make it a 5-2 game.

Shanahan got the Rangers back to within two as he skated the length of the ice and from down low roofed the puck over the left shoulder of Miller with 7:08 left in the second.

Drury, though, scored the next two goals as his backhander beat Weekes high and a little over a minute later he banged in a rebound to complete the hat trick for a 7-3 lead.

"We were really moving (the puck) around, it was really bouncing around at the crease," said Drury. "I was able to get a whack at it as I was falling down."

Martin Straka's goal late in the third period accounted for the final margin.

Game Notes

The Rangers return home to face the Devils on Monday...Buffalo hosts Philadelphia on Tuesday...Buffalo and New York split four meetings last season...Spacek and Novotny each had two assists in the game...Buffalo has now won 10 regular season games in a row dating back to last season...New York's Jaromir Jagr had two assists in the game...The Sabres went 2-for-6 on the power play while the Rangers were 2-for-8.

10/15 00:00:47 ET

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