It was the type of game that would remind you of the 2011-12 New York Rangers. The Rangers used their grit to outlast the Buffalo Sabres in the end and win the shootout for a 3-2 victory, earning two points.
Rick Nash had a goal and an assist, as well as the first goal in the shootout to help lead the Rangers (10-8-2, 22 points) past the Sabres (9-12-2, 20 points).
Nash and Callahan both scored in the shootout, Callahan by way of a great deke to beat Miller to his glove side. Henrik Lundqvist stopped both shooters he had to face, helping seal the win.
With Buffalo holding a 1-0 lead, the team responded to a major penalty by Patrick Kaleta midway through the third period to help earn the win. The team was already on the power play when it received a scare. Kaleta cross-checked Brad Richards from behind and sent the center face first into the half boards. Richards left the ice on his own power for a few minutes, but returned after the Rangers took the lead.
The team scored two goals (on the 5-on-3, then on the extended power play were already on the power play) both within 50 seconds of the penalty.
Derek Stepan netted the first one, after some tic-tac passing off the faceoff win. Marian Gaborik hit Nash down low, who fired a bullet to Stepan backdoor for the easy goal. Before the celebrations were over, Nash one-timed a pass from Gaborik in the slot past Ryan Miller to put the Rangers ahead, 2-1.
At the tail end of the man-advantage, however, Ryan McDonagh failed to win the puck on a very aggressive play, giving the Sabres a 2-on-1 chance. Nathan Gerbe buried a shot from Steve Ott, tying the game, 2-2, and putting a weird energy in Madison Square Garden — a 1-0 game, turning into a 2-2 tie in one five minute span will do that.
The game featured the rare 5-on-4 power play in the overtime period, as the Rangers were able to kill off a 5-on-3 after Dan Girardi was called for boarding. The game would proceed to go into the shootout — which the Rangers won 2-0 — but not before some late shenanigans. Girardi had a shot go off the post, and Rick Nash almost put the puck past Lundqvist when he lost an edge right before time expired. We're sure you'll see plenty of gifs on that one tomorrow.
Cameras caught head coach John Tortorella laughing once he realized Lundqvist made the save on the blunder. He made 28 saves in the win, plus two more in the shootout.
Next for New York, the Philadelphia Flyers come into the Garden on Tuesday.
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