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Sabres Head To The Big Apple To Gain Important Points vs Rangers

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Last Game:

NY Rangers: Mar 21 vs. Red Wings Win(OT) 2-1

Buffalo: Mar 21 vs. Canadiens Win 3-0

Record:

NY Rangers: 46-20-7

Buffalo: 35-29-10

Points:

NY Rangers: 99

Buffalo: 80

Rank In Conference:

NY Rangers: 1st

Buffalo: 9th

Power Play Ranking:

NY Rangers: 14.7(T-28th)

Buffalo: 16.3(20th)

Penalty Kill Ranking:

NY Rangers: 86.6(5th)

Buffalo: 81.9(16th)

Goals For:

NY Rangers: 198(11th)

Buffalo: 183(24th)

Goals Against:

NY Rangers: 156(3rd)

Buffalo: 201(19th)

Shots For:

NY Rangers: 2058(23rd)

Buffalo: 2144(18th)

Shots Against:

NY Rangers: 2050(6th)

Buffalo: 2311(28th)

Blocked Shots:

NY Rangers: 1187(4th)

Buffalo: 954(20th)

Hits:

NY Rangers: 2155(1st)

Buffalo: 1360(30th)

Faceoff Percentage:

NY Rangers: 50.0(T-15th)

Buffalo: 49.3(19th)

Team Leaders:

Goals:

NY Rangers: Gaborik(35), Callahan(27), B. Richards(24), Stepan(16)

Buffalo: Pominville(28), Vanek(23), Hodgson(18), Roy and Stafford(15)

Assists:

NY Rangers: B. Richards(33), Gaborik and Stepan(31), Del Zotto(29), Callahan(24)

Buffalo: Pominville(39), Vanek(30), Stafford and Ehrhoff(27), Roy(26)

Points:

NY Rangers: Gaborik(66), B. Richards(57), Callahan(51), Stepan(47)

Buffalo: Pominville(67), Vanek(53), Stafford(42), Roy(41)

Plus/Minus:

NY Rangers: Del Zotto(+25), McDonagh(+24), Hagelin(+22), Stepan(+20)

Buffalo: Ennis(+10), Sulzer(+8), Foligno(+5), Stafford and Hodgson(+4)

Penalty Minutes:

NY Rangers: Prust(151), Dubinsky(106), Bickel(97), Rupp(92)

Buffalo: Kaleta(114), Weber(58), McCormick(54), Roy(52)

Shots:

NY Rangers: Gaborik(245), Callahan(209), B. Richards(201), Stepan(152)

Buffalo: Pominville(205), Stafford(200), Vanek(186), Roy(158)

Blocked Shots:

NY Rangers: McDonagh(169), Girardi(165), Del Zotto(86), B. Boyle(79)

Buffalo: Leopold(110), Regehr(93), Sekera(83), Weber(79)

Hits:

NY Rangers: Callahan(237), B. Boyle(211), Dubinsky(189), Girardi(183)

Buffalo: Regehr(158), Kaleta(129), Weber(117), Stafford(94)

Face-Off Wins:

NY Rangers: B. Richards(599), B. Boyle(545), Stepan(359), Dubinsky(196)

Buffalo: Roy(592), Hodgson(255), Pominville(176), Hecht(136)

Today’s Starting Goaltender Matchup:

NY Rangers: Henrik Lundqvist 34-15-5 1.87 GAA .934 SV% 8 SO

Buffalo:  Ryan Miller 27-18-7 2.54 GAA .916 SV% 6 SO

Notes:

Last Meeting:  Feb 25 Rangers Won(OT) 3-2

Season Series: Rangers Lead 3-0-0

All-Time: Sabres Lead 76-53-32

All-Time at NYR: Tied 30-30-19

Callahan gets OT winner as Rangers beat Wings 2-1

Some people take a day off from work on their birthday. Ryan Callahan isn’t one of those people.

The Rangers’ captain celebrated turning 27 on Wednesday by putting forth a tireless effort on both ends of the ice, capping it off by scoring in overtime to give his club a 2-1 victory against the shorthanded Detroit Red Wings at Madison Square Garden.

Callahan fired eight shots on net, blocked two shots, including a dangerous chance for defenseman Niklas Kronwall with 1:03 left in regulation, and chased down Pavel Datsyuk to thwart a shorthanded breakaway during the third period to keep the game tied.

“He just had an unbelievable third period and overtime,” Rangers coach John Tortorella said. “He does so much for the hockey club. It’s fitting that he gets the winning goal. I thought Ryan Callahan was our best player.”

Brandon Dubinsky started the rush that led to Callahan’s goal and slid the puck to defenseman Michael Del Zotto on the left side as he gained the blue line. Del Zotto fed it into the middle to Callahan, who snapped a shot that beat goaltender Ty Conklin high to the blocker side with 2:18 remaining in the extra session.

It was an especially rewarding finish Callahan, who missed a wide-open net earlier in the game.

“It’s a great play by everyone involved,” said Callahan, who is three goals shy of his first 30-goal season. “It was a good birthday gift. They tried to set me up in the second, but I missed a wide-open net. I had to respond back.”

With the victory, the Rangers extended their lead over the Pittsburgh Penguins for first in the Eastern Conference to three points. The Penguins, who have a game in hand on the Rangers, are 12-0-1 in their last 13 games to turn a once insurmountable edge into one that’s far more attainable over the final two-plus weeks.

http://www.nhl.com/ice/recap.htm?id=2011021099

Surging Sabres blank Canadiens 3-0

For the second year in a row, the Buffalo Sabres are sizzling in the stretch.

The Sabres pulled even in points with eighth-place Washington in the race for the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference by blanking the Montreal Canadiens 3-0 at the First Niagara Center on Wednesday night.

Ryan Miller made 34 saves for his career-best sixth shutout and newcomer Cody Hodgson had his first two goals since being acquired from Vancouver at the trade deadline as the Sabres improved to 80 points. Washington also has 80, but has played one fewer game.

“We’ve put together a good run to be where we’re at,” coach Lindy Ruff said after his team improved to 11-2-4 since Feb. 17. “There’s a tough schedule ahead of us, but it’s rewarding to get us as close as we’ve gotten right now.”

As they did last season, the Sabres (35-29-10) have mounted a late-season surge after it appeared they were doomed to miss the playoffs. But despite a 16-5-5 run, Miller knows the Sabres haven’t won anything yet.

“I’m not going to say I’m not happy, but it is a stop along the way,” Miller said after his 28th career shutout. “I’m trying not to be satisfied. We’ve got a lot of hockey left to play.”

The Sabres will likely have to finish with more points than Washington to finish eighth — the Caps lead Buffalo 35-27 in non-shootout victories, the first tiebreaker when teams are tied.

The Sabres were in 14th place as recently as Feb. 17, and they haven’t had a share of eighth place since Dec. 19. Their late-season push resembles the 16-4-4 stretch run that enable them to clinch a playoff spot on the final weekend last season.

“We knew everybody was counting us out, and we just wanted to go out and prove to ourselves that we knew we had a better team in here,” center Derek Roy said. “It shows the character of the boys.”

http://www.nhl.com/ice/recap.htm?id=2011021097&navid=sb:recap

This Day In Sabres History:

March 23, 1975 Sabres Clinch First Adams Division Championship with 9-4 win over California Golden Seals

On This Day 37 Years ago the Sabres won their first ever Division Championship with a 9-4 beat down of the California Golden Seals. Sabres finished with a 49-16-15 record on the season good for 113 points. The Sabres finished 20 points ahead of the 2nd Place Boston Bruins. The Sabres would later go on to the Stanley Cup Finals to play the Philadelphia Flyers which the Sabres lost in 6 games. Since winning the Adams Division Title in 1974-1975, The Sabres have won the division title 5 more times(79-80, 80-81, 96-97, 06-07, 09-10).

Injury Report:

NY Rangers: Kolarik Knee Surgery(IR/Out), Sauer Concussion(IR/Out), Eminger Undisclosed(Questionable)

Buffalo: Hecht Concussion(IR/Out), Ellis Knee(Out), Kaleta Upper Body(Doubtful), Gerbe Upper Body(Questionable)

Next 5 Games:

Mar 24 vs. Minnesota Wild 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

Mar 27 at Washington Capitals 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

Mar 30 vs. Pittsburgh Penguins 7:30 PM(MSG HD)

Mar 31 at Toronto Maple Leafs 7:00 PM(MSG HD/CBC HD)

Apr 3 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

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