NHL Game Summary - NY Rangers at Buffalo
(Monday, March 10th)
Final Score: NY Rangers 3, Buffalo 2 (SO)
Buffalo, NY (Sports Network) - Scott Gomez netted the deciding shootout tally, leading the New York Rangers past the Buffalo Sabres, 3-2, at HSBC Arena.
Jaromir Jagr and Fedor Tyutin scored in regulation while Henrik Lundqvist turned away 19 shots for the Rangers, who have won three straight and seven of eight to move into a tie for fifth with Ottawa in the Eastern Conference.
"We feel really good the last couple games," said Lundqvist. "We play really good as a team and we roll four lines contributing a lot to the team right now."
Jason Pominville had a goal and an assist for Buffalo, which has dropped five of six and trails idle Philadelphia by three points for the eighth and final playoff spot.
Ryan Miller made 23 saves in a losing effort.
"We could have won the game, we just weren't able to score on the few opportunities we had," Pominville said.
The game remained tied at 2-2 for the entire third period and overtime, forcing the shootout. Brendan Shanahan and Pominville exchanged goals in the shootout, leaving Gomez with a chance to end it with a marker in the third round. He took advantage, slipping a forehand between the post and Miller's skate for the win.
Both teams had a great chance to win in OT. Buffalo's Maxim Afinogenov had his breakaway try in the final minute of the extra session snared by Lundqvist. In the next sequence, Nigel Dawes rang the crossbar at the other end of the ice before time ran out.
The Sabres lit the lamp just 16 ticks into the contest, as Pominville pounced on a loose puck in front and tucked it past Lundqvist glove-side.
The Rangers countered just over a minute later on a quick shot by Tyutin from the high slot, and went in front at the 8:28 mark of the second on Jagr's 18th marker of the season.
Buffalo tallied on the power play with 5:46 remaining in the middle stanza to knot the contest at 2-2. Pominville unleashed a slapshot from the point that Thomas Vanek redirected in mid-air and into the back of the cage.
This was Tyutin's first goal in 42 games...Buffalo defenseman Jaroslav Spacek left with an upper-body injury in the first and did not return. Fellow defenseman Dmitri Kalinin exited in the second with an undisclosed injury and missed the remainder of the contest.
03/10 23:57:11 ET