Jhonas Enroth became the first goaltender in NHL history to have his first two wins decided by a shootout. He came close to making it three, but the Sabres were defeated 3-2 in overtime by the Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Thursday.
The Sabres never had the lead, but were able to earn a point in the second game of a back-to-back set. Former Sabre Martin Biron received the start in net for the Rangers. Henrik Lundqvist was ruled out because of the flu, but was available if needed.
Biron finished the night with 29 of 31 stops. At the other end, Jhonas Enroth stopped 25 of 28, and kept the Sabres in the game with some key saves.
Artem Anisimov had two goals on the night for the Rangers, including the game-winner in overtime. With less than a minute to go in the second period, the Rangers regained the lead with a goal from Artem Anisimov.
The Sabres came right back and tied the game with two seconds remaining in the period. Mike Grier scored his second of the season and the Sabres avoided heading into the third period trailing by a goal.
The Sabres’ penalty killing unit was perfect on the night, killing all five penalties, including a 5-0n-3.
Fedotenko almost had his second goal of the night, but the whistle blew before the puck went into the net. Neither team scored in the third period and the game headed to overtime.
Vanek and Roy set up a 2-on-1 in overtime, but failed end the hockey game. The Rangers then had their own 2-0n-1, but couldn’t score either. The Sabres couldn’t get the puck out of the zone, and Anisimov scored his second of the night for the Rangers win.
Despite the loss, the Sabres had a successful road trip, earning five out of a possible six points. Buffalo has three tough games ahead, facing Washington twice and Vancouver.
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