NHL Game Summary - Buffalo at NY Rangers
(Sunday, March 7th)
Final Score: Buffalo 2, NY Rangers 1 (OT)
New York, NY (Sports Network) - Patrick Kaleta scored the game-winner 2:22 into overtime, as the Buffalo Sabres edged the New York Rangers, 2-1, at Madison Square Garden.
With the overtime period halfway over, Kaleta charged down the right side of the ice and fired a shot on net. Kaleta collected the rebound behind the net and was able to jam the disc past Henrik Lundqvist, who had his pads stacked against the post.
Adam Mair scored in regulation for the Sabres, who snapped an eight-game road skid. Ryan Miller made 35 saves for Buffalo, which won away from home for the first time since January 18.
"It was a good game," Kaleta said. "I thought we skated hard and had some desperation."
Brandon Dubinsky lit the lamp for the Rangers, who have dropped three in a row following a three-game win streak.
The goaltenders dominated the first two periods of play. Miller stopped 16 and six shots in the first and second frames, respectively, while Lundqvist made 12 and nine saves over the first two stanzas.
Buffalo got on the board at the 14:03 mark of the third. Derek Roy slid a pass from behind the net to Mair, whose snap shot beat Lundqvist.
A Jochen Hecht slashing penalty put the Rangers on the power play a few minutes later. Dubinsky capitalized for New York by chipping in a rebound off a Michael Del Zotto shot with 1:23 left to deadlock the game.
Neither team scored the rest of the way to send the tilt into overtime.
"We needed the two points, we got one," Rangers head coach John Tortorella said. "We have to keep on fighting. That is all we can do. There are a lot of questions about offense. The way we are trying to approach it is to make sure we are doing the right thing away from the puck so we can get the puck and have it more and try to generate more offense. We are going to continue to do that, continue to fight every night and see where we go."
The Sabres lead the season series with the Rangers, 2-1...Buffalo's eight-game road skid matched the longest road losing streak in the franchise's 39 seasons of existence, an 0-5-3 stretch during the 2007-08 campaign.
03/07 22:33:03 ET