NHL Game Summary - Buffalo at NY Rangers
(Sunday, November 5th)
Final Score: Buffalo 4, NY Rangers 3 (OT)
New York, NY (Sports Network) - Daniel Briere scored two goals, including the game-winner with 1:03 left in overtime, as Buffalo came-from-behind to beat the New York Rangers, 4-3, at Madison Square Garden.
Jason Pominville's ninth goal of the season in the third period tied the game for the Sabres, who rebounded from their first regulation loss on Saturday to Toronto.
Goaltender Martin Biron started in place of Ryan Miller and finished with 26 saves.
"(Biron) has been terrific for us," said Buffalo head coach Lindy Ruff. "He's played three times and won all three."
Jaromir Jagr scored a goal to go along with two assists for the Rangers, who were coming off a successful road trip that saw the team win three of their last four games.
New York blitzed the Sabres with three power play goals in the second period to assume a 3-1 lead, but Buffalo answered with a goal in the second and third periods before Briere's OT goal won the game.
The Sabres got going with a power play goal of their own as Briere's one-timer with 6:36 left in the second cut Buffalo's deficit down to one heading into the second intermission.
Buffalo then evened the score at 3-3 at the 8:13 mark of the final period on a bad goal given up by Weekes. From near the blue line, Briere threw the puck on net that Weekes had trouble with. Pominville crashed the goal and was there to stuff in the rebound.
Then, as the contest appeared to be heading for a shootout, Drew Stafford found Briere in the slot and he used Rangers defenseman Aaron Ward as a screen to beat Weekes top-shelf to seal the victory for Buffalo.
"Ward went to block (Briere), but he just made a really good shot," said Weekes. "He shot around him and I guessed to take away the middle of the net. It was a really great play."
Buffalo drew first blood just 3:18 into the opening period on Thomas Vanek's wrap-around goal from behind the net, but the Rangers responded in the second period.
Just 28 seconds into the middle stanza, Michael Nylander found Jagr at the bottom of the left circle and he rifled a shot past Biron to even the score at 1-1.
Then, less than two minutes later, Jagr fired a one-timer on net from the point and Petr Prucha poked the rebound in to put New York up 2-1.
Jagr had his hand in another goal with 10:12 left in the second, skating the puck around the net before slipping a pass to the slot for Nylander, who one- timed the feed past Biron to make it 3-1.
"I haven't been a part of too many games were it's completely one-sided for one part of the game and completely undecided for the other part," said Briere. "Overall, at the end of the game it's a good feeling to come back like that."
Weekes ended the game with 24 saves for the Rangers...The Rangers finished 3- for-6 on the power play, while Buffalo went 1-for-4 with the man-advantage.
11/05 20:40:48 ET