NHL Game Summary - NY Rangers at Buffalo
(Friday, December 12th)
Final Score: NY Rangers 3, Buffalo 1
Buffalo, NY (Sports Network) - Anson Carter had the go-ahead goal and an assist to lead the New York Rangers to a 3-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres at HSBC Arena.
Alexei Kovalev and Petr Nedved also lit the lamp for the Rangers, who ended a two-game skid. Jussi Markkanen made 19 saves for the win.
Curtis Brown had the lone tally for the Sabres, losers of four in a row. Mika Noronen stopped 31-of-34 shots in a losing effort.
Carter's power-play goal, his eighth of the year, came with just 10 seconds remaining in the middle stanza to make it 2-1. With Bobby Holik causing traffic in front, Carter got to a loose puck in the slot off a Tom Poti point shot to bang it home past Noronen.
Nedved added insurance for the Rangers, making it 3-1 with his sixth goal 8:05 into the third. Nedved took a feed from Carter at the right faceoff dot and snapped a wrister past Noronen to put the finishing touches on the victory.
Kovalev, playing in his 800th NHL game, notched his fifth of the year five minutes in to get the Rangers on the board first. Standing all alone in front, he took an Eric Lindros feed from the right circle and switched to his backhand to beat Noronen as he came sliding towards Kovalev.
Brown evened the score with his fourth of the season two minutes before the end of the first, getting a piece of a Brian Campbell point shot while he was attempting to screen Markkanen.
Carter now has four goals in his last five games...The Sabres are 2-2-1 in the last five meetings with New York...Their three-game unbeaten streak (1-0-2) at home against the Blueshirts came to an end...The loss put them below .500 at home for the year (6-7-1-1)...The Rangers went 1-for-4 on the power play while Buffalo was 1-for-5 with the man advantage...Sabres' center Chris Drury notched his first points in six games after his wife gave birth to his first child yesterday.
12/12 22:52:00 ET