NY Rangers 3, Buffalo 2

Saturday, February 25, 2012 7:00 PM

Final Scoring Summary

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Buffalo 27-27-4-4 16-11-3-4 11-16-1-0 L1
NY Rangers 39-15-1-5 20-7-0-2 19-8-1-3 W1


RANGERS 3, SABRES 2 (OT): Captain Ryan Callahan made the 100th goal of his career a memorable one, scoring at 2:59 of overtime to lift New York over visiting Buffalo on Saturday night.

Rookie Carl Hagelin and Marian Gaborik also scored as the Rangers averted a third straight loss for the first time since dropping the first three games of the season.

Henrik Lundqvist turned aside 18 shots to win for the ninth time in his last 11 starts as Eastern Conference-leading New York maintained a seven-point lead over the Boston Bruins.

Drew Stafford scored both goals for the Sabres, who had their three-game winning streak halted.

Buffalo took a 1-0 lead when Stafford took a backhand pass from Tyler Ennis at the edge of the crease and rapped a shot past Lundqvist for a 1-0 lead at 13:29 of the first.

Hagelin pulled the Rangers even 7 1/2 minutes into the second period, slipping the puck between Ryan Miller's pads on a wraparound for his third goal in as many games against the Sabres.

Stafford put Buffalo back on front on the power play 44 seconds into the third period, just the second goal with the man advantage in 34 chances.

Gaborik knotted it five minutes later, beating Miller with a backhander for his team-high 29th goal of the season.

GAME NOTEBOOK: New York traded C center Wojtek Wolski to the Florida Panthers on Saturday for minor-league defenseman Mike Vernace and a third-round pick in the 2013 draft. Wolski appeared in nine games with the Rangers this season, registering three assists. Vernace has one assist in 22 career NHL games. ... Saturday's matchup kicked off a five-game road trip for Buffalo, which will head to the West Coast to face Anaheim, San Jose, Vancouver and Winnipeg. ... Stafford recorded his first two-goal game since April 2, 2011.

Top Game Performances

Buffalo   NY Rangers
Drew Stafford 2 Points Carl Hagelin 2
Drew Stafford 2 Goals Carl Hagelin 1
Tyler Ennis 1 Assists Carl Hagelin 1
Drew Stafford 1 Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Ryan Miller .893 Save Percentage Henrik Lundqvist .900
Ryan Miller 25 Saves Henrik Lundqvist 18

Team Stats Summary

Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Buffalo 20 2 1-2 2-2 11 30
NY Rangers 28 3 0-2 1-2 11 28

Upcoming Games

  • NY Rangers will play its next game at home against New Jersey. The Rangers have a W/L % of .658 after a win and .636 after a loss.
  • Buffalo will play its next game on the road against Anaheim. The Sabres have a W/L % of .407 after a win and .457 after a loss.
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