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Rangers stump Sabres 3-1

Buffalo, NY (WGR 550)  -- Welcome once again into the Ted Darling Memorial Press Box, where the Buffalo Sabres hit the ice after a long layoff since their 1-0 overtime loss last Saturday night. The blue and gold welcome the New York Rangers to town for tonight's tilt.

The biggest news of the past twenty-four hours is that Mikhail Grigorenko will be loaned to the Russian Junior team for the World Jr. Championships later this month. He is set to leve Buffalo this weekend, and Brayden McNabb has been recalled after a brief stint in Rochester. For more from today's pregame skate, check out Paul Hamilton's pregame primer here.

Be sure to comment in the thread below, while I add my two cents in between the scoring plays. Also, give Brian Koziol and myself on Twitter: @BrianWGR and @PatWGR.

First Period

19:20 - The infamous "turd burger" jerseys are on display tonight against the traditional red, white, and blue of the Rangers. For those that care about that sort of thing.

13:58 - The Sabres go to the power play first tonight as Carl Hagelin goes to the box for interfering with Tyler Ennis. Buffalo will have two minutes to break through on the scoresheet.

11:53 - Power play is over, and you really would not have known Buffalo had a man advantage. The Rangers had the better of the chances.

7:11 - The Sabres lead in shots 5-3, but if there have been more than two actual scoring chances by either team, you will have to remind me. It has been a very "blah" period.

5:16 - The Leino-Ott-D'Agostini line created two or three very good chances that they could not convert on. Also, Mark Pysyk did a nice job of pinching in on the play, and Mike Weber held his ground along the blue line. It was a good five-man cycle.

2:13 - RANGERS GOAL. Rick Nash made a beautiful toe drag move to slide the puck around the pads of Ryan Miller, and New York has a 1-0 lead late in the period. There were two good outlet passes to get the puck on Nash's stick, and he beat Tyler Myers to the net. 1-0 NYR.

End of Period

Goal Summary

BUF: none
NYR: 17:47 - Rick Nash (5) (Derek Stepan, Ryan McDonagh)

Penalty Summary

BUF: none
NYR: 6:02 - Carl Hagelin (2 min., interference)

Shots on Goal

BUF - 7, NYR - 9

Second Period

16:40 - The Sabres' defensemen are doing a good job of getting their shots through the Rangers guard and onto the net. It is helping create second chance opportunities for any forward crashing the net.

14:17 - With Pysyk in the penalty box Steve Ott and Marcus Foligno had a very nice 2-on-1 chance, but a bad pass by the young winger slid past the captain and the chance was anulled.

9:46 - This has been the tale of two periods. Even though Foligno has had a couple of good rush chances, New York leads in shots this frame 7-2. The blueshirts lead overall 16-9.

4:07 - Foligno is at it again. He wires a beautiful shot to the top left corner of the net, but Henrik Lundqvist gets his glove hand up and keeps the visitors in front by a goal. 

:3.9 - Buffalo will have a carryover power play to start the third after Benoit Pouliot goes off for tripping.

End of Period

Goal Summary

BUF: none
NYR: none

Penalty Summary

BUF: 4:34 - Mark Pysyk (2 min., tripping)
NYR: 19:56 - Benoit Pouliot (2 min., tripping)

Shots on Goal

BUF - 7 (14), NYR - 12 (21)

Third Period

18:00 - We once again saw why the Rangers have one of the top penalty kill units in the NHL. The blue and gold were able to get to the red line, but that was it. New York is very good at clogging the middle of the ice.

13:46 - Tyler Ennis throws a body check in open ice and sends Mats Zuccarello to the ice. A nice bodycheck by the small forward.

12:49 - WOW, was Cody Hodgson ever robbed by Lundqvist on a half-breakaway chance. Then the Buffalo forward goes to the box for tripping. Sounds about right for this game.

11:28 - RANGERS GOAL. Very good puck movement on the right wing side of the offensive zone gives Brad Richards a snipe wrist shot that makes the score 2-0 for the visitors. Derick Brassard made a nice touch pass to Richards down low to set up the play. 2-0 NYR.

5:16 - RANGERS GOAL. Any hope of a Buffalo comeback may have just been snuffed out by Mats Zuccarello. He scores and the blueshirts lead is now up to three. 3-0 NYR.

2:06 - SABRES GOAL. Buffalo will not be shut out by the opponents tonight, thanks to a laser shot over the glove hand of Lundqvist by Tyler Ennis. 3-1 NYR.

End of Game

New York Rangers 3, Sabres 1

Goal Summary

BUF: 17:54 - Tyler Ennis (5) (Zemgus Girgensons)
NYR: 8:29 - Brad Richards (8) PPG (Derick Brassard, Mats Zuccarello). 14:47 - Mats Zuccarello (5) (Brad Richards, Ryan McDonagh)

Penalty Summary

BUF: 7:11 - Cody Hodgson (2 min., tripping)
NYR: none

Shots on Goal

BUF - 14 (28), NYR - 10 (31)

Final Thoughts

Yet another snoozer on home ice by the blue and gold. They played as well as their new alternate jersey looks - BAD. There were not a ton of chances either way, and the difference in the game was Henrik Lundqvist made two or three more big saves than Ryan Miller. That is not to say the Buffalo backstop had a bad game, but he did not make as many key stops as his counterpart. Just one more game for the Sabres this week, as they head to Montreal to take on the Canadiens Saturday night. You can hear all of the action on the flagship home of the Sabres Radio Network - WGR Sports Radio 550 starting with the pregame show hosted by Brian Koziol at six o'clock. The puck is scheduled to drop after 7 p.m. at Bell Centre.

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