Artem Anisimov scored two goals - including the game-winner just 92 seconds into overtime - to lift the New York Rangers to a 3-2 victory over the visiting Buffalo Sabres at Madison Square Garden on Thursday night.
Anisimov notched his fifth goal of the season when he beat rookie Jhonas Enroth in overtime. He also gave the Rangers a 2-1 lead with 48 seconds remaining in the second period.
The Rangers (8-7-1) struck first as Ruslan Fedotenko netted his second goal of the season with 5:56 remaining in the first period.
The game was tied at 2-2 after two periods as Buffalo (5-10-2) received goals from Tyler Ennis and Mike Grier in the second period. Grier’s goal came with just three seconds left in the session.
Martin Biron made 29 saves for New York to get the win. Biron was a late replacement after Henrik Lundqvist was scratched because he was ill. Defenseman Michal Rozsival also missed the game with a shoulder injury.
Enroth turned aside 24 shots for Buffalo.
Marian Gaborik returned to the Rangers’ lineup after missing the last dozen games with a shoulder injury. He did not register a point.