Rangers 3, Sabres 2 (SO): Rick Nash scored a power-play goal in the third period and also converted in the shootout as host New York won its second straight contest following a four-game skid.
Nash nearly scored the winner into his own net after losing an edge in the waning moments of overtime, but Henrik Lundqvist alertly made the stick save. Nash atoned for his mistake by using his long reach to score in the first round of the shootout, and captain Ryan Callahan issued a series of dekes before tucking the puck past the extended left pad of Ryan Miller in the second.
Derek Stepan and Nash scored 43 seconds apart early in the third period, and Marian Gaborik assisted on both tallies. Lundqvist turned aside 28 shots - and denied captain Jason Pominville and Nathan Gerbe in the shootout - for the Rangers, who killed off all five short-handed situations - including a 5-on-3 in overtime.
Gerbe netted his team's third short-handed goal of the season to forge a 2-2 tie at 8:19 of the third. Drew Stafford also tallied and Miller finished with 26 saves for the Sabres, who saw their season-high three-game winning streak come to an end.
Buffalo's Patrick Kaleta was issued a five-minute major and a game misconduct for checking Brad Richards from behind at 3:28 of the third period. The Rangers made the Sabres pay just 12 seconds later as Nash set up Stepan with a cross-slot feed for a 5-on-3 goal to level the contest at 1-1. Nash gave New York the advantage by wristing a shot from the right faceoff circle which caromed off Miller's stick and into the net.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Gerbe knotted the contest at 2-2, accepting Steve Ott's feed and wiring a sharp-angle shot from the right circle past Lundqvist. ... Nash has collected three goals and six assists during his six-game point streak. ... Buffalo leading scorer Thomas Vanek missed his second straight game with an upper-body injury.