NHL Game Summary - NY Rangers at Buffalo
(Saturday, December 5th)
Final Score: NY Rangers 2, Buffalo 1
Buffalo, NY (Sports Network) - Ryan Callahan's third-period goal wound up as the game-winner and Henrik Lundqvist took a shutout bid into the final minute, as the New York Rangers held off Buffalo for a 2-1 win.
Christopher Higgins' first-period tally held up for 59-plus minutes until Jason Pominville scored for the Sabres just as the clock was winding inside a minute left.
Lundqvist preserved the lead and finished with 36 saves in a much-needed win for New York, which had lost a season high-tying three straight and five of seven overall.
"I have to play better than I've been playing the last couple weeks. I think I've been playing okay, but I tell you it's not enough," said Lundqvist. "It's important not to think too much while you play. You have to do that after."
Ryan Miller made 30 saves for the Sabres, who had a four-game win streak snapped.
With 2:29 to go in the opening period, New York lit the scoreboard to grab the lead.
Artem Anisimov gained control in his own zone following a Sabres turnover and sent Marian Gaborik up the right wing with an outlet pass. Gaborik split two Buffalo defenders with a cross-ice pass to a streaking Higgins, who roofed it over Miller's near shoulder.
The Rangers held that advantage until late in the third when Sean Avery shot up the left wing and unleashed a shot that caromed off Miller to the right side for Callahan, who stuffed home the rebound for a two-goal lead.
"That last one, the shooter is my man and I thought he was going to pull it across. I was trying to fight the rebound and keep it in front of me, and it just ticked off my pad a little bit," said Miller of Callahan's eventual game- winner.
Pominville got the Sabres back within one, but Lundqvist held firm and weathered a 19-shot Buffalo attack over the final 20 minutes.
Buffalo was bidding for its first five-game win streak since a six-game run from December 12-22, 2007...Buffalo is now 9-4-2 at home and moved to 1-1-0 on a five-game homestand...Gaborik has 19 points over his last 12 games and is the NHL's second-leading scorer with 38 points...Rangers defenseman Wade Redden missed his fourth straight game with a right shoulder injury...Buffalo won three of four over New York last season after the Rangers swept the four- game series in 2007-08.
12/06 00:23:02 ET