The New York Rangers (9-8-2) defeated the Buffalo Sabres (9-12-1) by a score of 3-2 via the shootout.
The Rangers were out-shot (30-28) and out-hit (25-23).
The full box score can be seen here.
The Rangers got into a 1-0 hole halfway through the second period, but scored two goals in the third period following a Patrick Kaleta game misconduct. Kaleta cross-checked Brad Richards head first into the boards which resulted in a few minutes of Richards laying on the ice in agony. The incident actually created some inspired play and the Rangers first hint of emotion all season. A defensive lapse at the end of the five-minute major resulted in a short-handed goal, however, terrific shootout goals by Rick Nash and Ryan Callahan earned the victory.
What I Loved:
- I give Michael Del Zotto a lot of heat, but I want to thank him for being the first one in after the Richards hit. He didn’t do much, but the action in itself is all that matters. It looks like the Rangers learned from the Ryan McDonagh incident. It was also nice to see Nash give Kaleta an earful all the way to the locker room and then get into it a bit in front of the net.
- I don’t think Nash’s wizardry will ever get old. Every game he pulls a new trick out of the bag to wow the crowd.
- Henrik Lundqvist had a really, really good game. Unfortunately, his best save came on Rick Nash.
- I actually really liked the powerplay tonight. They had some great puck movement and it looks like the Rangers have found at least one set play to Derek Stepan that seems to work.
What I Didn’t Love:
- Another bone-headed penalty from Stu Bickel. I’m thinking about creating a drinking game about his screw-ups.
What I Didn’t Get:
- How did JT Miller get the second start over Stepan? I am still trying to figure that one out.