NHL Game Summary - Buffalo at NY Rangers|
(Wednesday, January 16th)
Final Score: NY Rangers 2, Buffalo 1
New York, NY (Sports Network) - Petr Prucha posted a goal and an assist,
as the New York Rangers extended the Buffalo Sabres' franchise-record losing
streak to 10 games with a 2-1 win at Madison Square Garden.
Brandon Dubinsky also registered a goal and an assist, and Henrik Lundqvist
made 23 saves for the Rangers, who have won two of three.
"We're trying to be really focused out there and make sure we don't make any
mistakes," said Dubinsky. "We get the puck in deep, we board check and create
energy. When we do that, we get turnovers. We create chances for ourselves and
for each other."
Jason Pominville tallied and Ryan Miller allowed two goals on 35 shots for
Buffalo, which has not recorded a victory since a 6-5 shootout decision in
Philadelphia on December 22, going 0-5-5 in that span.
This is Sabres' longest winless streak since October 25-November 19, 2002,
when they went 12 games (0-9-3) without a win.
"We didn't make a lot of good plays," said Sabres coach Lindy Ruff. "We didn't
make good decisions."
The Rangers took a 1-0 lead at the 6:15 mark of the first when Dubinsky, who
was selected to the Eastern Conference YoungStar squad on Tuesday, fired a
shot from the right wing behind Miller.
Pominville lit the lamp at 2:43 of the second, tying the game at one. Brian
Campbell threaded a perfect tape-to-tape feed from the right circle to
Pominville, who buried the puck in the back of the net.
The Rangers, however, regained the lead at 9:42. Following a clean faceoff
win, Dubinsky threw the puck back to the point for Paul Mara, whose one-timer
was redirected in the slot by Prucha.
In the middle stanza, Buffalo had a 5-on-3 power play for 1:52, but failed to
capitalize on the opportunity.
The Sabres then mustered only five shots in the third.
The two clubs squared off for the first time since facing each other in the
Eastern semifinals in last season's playoffs. The Sabres won the series,
4-2...Buffalo had won five of six and nine of the last 11 regular-season
meetings coming into play...The Rangers improved to 19-4-1 when holding the
opposition to two goals or less...Chris Drury, who played for Buffalo from
2003-04 to 2006-07, faced his former team for the first time...New York had
two players return to the lineup on Wednesday. Sean Avery missed the last four
games with a hand contusion, while Brendan Shanahan was sidelined the previous
two contests with a hip/back injury...Maxim Afinogenov (groin), Derek Roy
(shoulder), Tim Connolly (groin) and defenseman Jaroslav Spacek (back spasms)
were out for Buffalo.
01/16 23:45:25 ET