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NHL Game Summary - NY Rangers at Buffalo



(Thursday, December 5th)

Final Score: NY Rangers 3, Buffalo 1

Buffalo, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Armed with a new contract extension, Henrik Lundqvist made 27 saves on Thursday night and the New York Rangers beat the Buffalo Sabres 3-1.

Lundqvist, after agreeing to a seven-year contract extension on Wednesday, was working on his third shutout of the season when his failed clear led to a late Buffalo goal.

Rick Nash, Brad Richards and Mats Zuccarello scored for the Rangers, who have won three straight and seven of their last nine games against the Sabres.

Lundqvist was back on the ice after Cam Talbot made two straight starts in net.

Tyler Ennis scored Buffalo's only goal with 2:06 remaining on a close shot that beat Lundqvist up high. The Sabres fell to 1-6-1 in their last eight games and Ryan Miller suffered his NHL-worst 16th loss, giving up three goals on 31 shots.

Rangers coach Alain Vigneault called the struggling Sabres "a hard-working team" and said it wasn't easy for his club.

"There wasn't a lot of room," said Vigneault. "They play a really solid defensive game and we made them pay in the first period with a controlled breakout."

Miller did what he could against Nash but was beaten by a strong move.

Nash got the puck in stride along the left boards after a tip-pass from Derek Stepan at center ice and faked a deke to his backhand, instead sliding the puck in between Miller's right skate and the near post to give the Rangers a 1-0 lead with 2:13 left in the first period.

Miller said he expected Nash to make a good move.

"I've seen him play enough," said Miller. "I should have had it."

Miller used his left shoulder to get a piece of Zuccarello's shot in the final minute of the second period, sending it clanking off the crossbar. He had 12 saves in the period and Lundqvist made seven.

Lundqvist stopped Cody Hodgson on a breakaway in the third period, getting his right pad out on the backhand deke, and the Rangers took a 2-0 lead after Hodgson went off for tripping soon after.

Richards scored 1:18 into the man-advantage on a sharp-angle shot from the low right side with 11:31 remaining in the game.

Lundqvist made a shoulder save to knock a tipped shot just over the crossbar, and Zuccarello beat Miller's glove with a wrister from the left circle to make it 3-0 with 5:13 left.

"That was a terrible goal, the third one," said Miller. "I didn't trust myself and where I was."

Game Notes

The Rangers will start a nine-game homestand Saturday against the New Jersey Devils ... The Sabres play at Montreal on Saturday.

12/05 22:58:07 ET

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Standings

2013 - 2014 NHL Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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Scoreboard
Local
Final
NOR 6
DUR 3
 
3rd
MIA 52
CHA 52
 
Final
CLE 6
TOR 4
Final
DET 2
ANA 1
12th
NYM 3
ATL 3
 
Final
MIA 3
SEA 2
12th
PIT 2
MIL 2
 
Final
WAS 3
STL 2
 
11th
TAM 1
NYY 1
 
8th
KAN 3
MIN 8
 
7th
CHC 0
CIN 6
 
6th
TEX 2
CWS 5
 
3rd
OAK 2
HOU 0
 
4th
LOS 0
ARI 0
 
3rd
COL 1
PHI 1
 
3rd
SDP 0
SFG 4
 
7:05pm Tonight
BOS
BAL
Final
SAN 90
DAL 85
3rd
MIA 52
CHA 52
 
7:00pm Tonight
CHI
WAS
9:30pm Tonight
HOU
POR
Final
NYR 2
PHI 4
2nd Intermission
BOS 3
DET 1
 
7:00pm Tonight
MON
TAM
10:00pm Tonight
SJS
LOS
Final
NOR 6
DUR 3