FINAL SCORE: New York Rangers – 2 Buffalo Sabres – 1
FIRST PERIOD: This was possibly the most boring period of hockey of the entire season, there is almost nothing to write about this period because it was so uneventful. However the review must go on, this period was pretty back and forth for the most part, the Rangers and Sabres both took some shots, Matt Hacket and Henrik Lundqvist both made some saves, some good ones and even some easy ones. The Sabres turned the puck over but the Rangers looked to convert on all those chances but failed to do so. The Rangers got two power play opportunities this period and unsurprisingly failed to turn either of them into scoring plays. The period ended (thank goodness) but were down 12-9 in shots, no goals
on the period.
SECOND PERIOD: This period was dominated completely by the Rangers, and for the most part was interesting although anything is interesting compared to first period. Buffalo’s only shot came a little before the halfway mark of the period and was deflected past Lundqvist on a weird bounce that went into the corner of the net as Drew Stafford got his 16th goal of the year. The Rangers started the period on the power play, and received two others and again unsurprisingly did not capitalize on their chances as the Rangers went 0/4 on the power play for the night. The Rangers struggled to finish all period getting 18 shots on goal but only scoring on one with half a minute left in the period Benoit Pouliot scored his 15th of the season and tied the game at one. The period came to it’s and the game was tied 1-1, the Rangers led 18-1 on shots in the period 27-13 overall in the game.
THIRD PERIOD: Coming into this period the Rangers wanted to put just one shot past Hackett to gain the lead over the Sabres so that they would have a good chance at clinching second place in the division after tonight if the Philadelphia Flyers lose their game in regulation. Anyway, after Dominic Moore and Benoit Pouliot took penalties five minutes apart of each other, both of which were killed off by the Rangers penalty killers. The period winded down and the Sabres began to take the play to the Rangers with the momentum they gained on the power plays, however with less than two minutes remaining Martin St. Louis passed across to Rick Nash on an odd man rush who absoultey ripped a slap shot past Hackett and into the net to give the Rangers the 2-1 lead which they closed the game out with. The Rangers closed out the period down 11-3 in shots but up 30-24 in shots for the game overall.