NHL Game Summary - Buffalo at NY Rangers|
(Saturday, February 16th)
Final Score: NY Rangers 5, Buffalo 1
New York, NY (Sports Network) - Sean Avery scored a pair of goals, including
the fastest by a Ranger to start a game in the history of Madison Square
Garden, as New York blitzed Buffalo with a four-goal first period on the way
to a 5-1 victory.
Avery's first goal came just 10 seconds into the contest and he added a second
in the second period. Ryan Callahan, Brandon Dubinsky and Brendan Shanahan
also scored for New York, which hadn't played since last Sunday at Washington
and won for the second time in five games.
Henrik Lundqvist celebrated his new six-year contract with 29 saves in the
victory. Jaromir Jagr also snapped a seven-game point drought with a pair of
assists for the Rangers, who built a 4-0 lead just shy of the 12 1/2-minute
Ryan Miller started in goal for Buffalo and was chased after yielding four
goals on 11 shots. Thomas Vanek notched his 21st goal for the Sabres, who had
won three straight and five of their previous six.
"You get beat, you have to give them credit," said Buffalo head coach Lindy
Ruff. "They won the battles. They won it skating and they won the small
battles. They looked like a real fresh team. I thought they skated well all
New York scored moments after the opening faceoff. Jagr got the puck to
Dubinsky, who raced around a Buffalo defender along the right wing and had the
puck poked away by Miller. Avery was at the top of the crease for the rebound
and quickly flipped it into the empty side of the cage for his seventh goal.
The goal came one second shy of a Ranger record for fastest at the start of a
game, as Ron Duguay scored nine seconds into an April 6, 1980 contest at
Philadelphia and Jim Wiemer matched the mark on March 27, 1985 at Buffalo.
New York continued to apply pressure and scored again at the 4:29 mark. Chris
Drury intercepted a Buffalo clearing attempt along the right boards and fired
a pass to the top of the crease for Martin Straka. Miller stopped Straka's
shot, but had no chance on Callahan's rebound from the right side of the
Dubinsky and Jagr worked a give-and-go for the third Ranger goal. Dubinsky
skated the puck from deep in his own end to center ice and sent a pass to the
right boards for Jagr, who quickly gave it back. Dubinsky carried it into the
right circle and backhanded a shot through Miller's legs for his 10th goal.
Shanahan blasted a shot home from the right point for his 18th goal, ending
Miller's day at the 12:25 mark.
The Rangers hadn't scored four goals in a first period since March 7, 2003 at
"I don't think it was his best night," Jagr said about Miller. "It helped us.
Most games he's played here, we just couldn't score. Today it was our day."
Avery netted his second of the game at 7:47 of the second with a shot from the
left circle to make it 5-0.
All that was left was a shutout for Lundqvist, who inked a new deal earlier
this week. He stopped seven shots in the first and nine in the second, but
Vanek netted a power-play goal with 6:58 remaining to spoil the bid.
Dubinsky added a pair of assists for a three-point game...Shanahan returned to
the ice for the first time since February 1. He had been sidelined with a sore
left leg...Jagr still hasn't scored a goal in 10 games, dating back to January
22 against Atlanta...Straka notched his 700th career point on New York's
second goal...The Sabres finished 1-for-3 on the power play and killed off
each of New York's five chances with the extra skater...The Rangers sent
forward Marcel Hossa to their AHL affiliate in Hartford for a conditioning
assignment. Hossa has been sidelined since January 24 with back spasms.
02/16 17:00:18 ET