Oct 31, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Brandon Mashinter (40) and Buffalo Sabres center Cody McCormick (8) fight during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

Rangers Blank Buffalo Sabres 2-0

Even with Matt Moulson instantly merging with Ennis and Hodgson, the Buffalo Sabres still could not manage to score a goal as they were beaten by the New York Rangers tonight, 2-0.

Within 36 seconds of play, Buffalo gave up three shots and went into the penalty box.

Buffalo managed to pepper Henrik Lundqvist with shots early on. However, Buffalo would end up falling off at the end of the first, only being able to record six shots to the Rangers nineteen.

A Tyler Myers tripping penalty would be a costly penalty for Buffalo as Derick Brassard netted a slap shot from just above the right faceoff circle off of a pass from Michael Del Zotto.

Buffalo would enter the first intermission trailing the Rangers, 1-0.

The second period was an improvement for Buffalo as they consistently got shots off and were able to move the puck more around the offensive zone.

That tempo would be somewhat extinguished when a bad neutral zone turnover resulted in Chris Kreider getting his second goal of the season.

What looked like a typical chip into the Rangers zone was quickly countered, Mats Zuccarello received a pass from Ryan McDonagh, wristed a shot to the net.

A streaking Kreider managed to collect the shot to the right of Ryan Miller and banked a redirection off of the right leg pad into the Buffalo net.

Buffalo had a chance part of the way during the second on the stick of Cody McCormick. McCormick faced off, was able to slip the puck through one of the Rangers legs and wristed a diving shot on Lundqvist.

The third period was basically a shooting range, no goals, just shots.

At the end of the game, Buffalo lost 2-0 and suffered a lopsided shot, as Ryan Miller faced 46 shots, able to turn away 44 of them. Buffalo shot a total of 29 times, with Lundqvist remaining equal to the task.

Buffalo returns home to face a 10-3-1 Anaheim Ducks on Saturday. Faceoff is 7PM. Check out SabreNoise.com for pregame threads and all your Buffalo Sabres needs!

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  • Vic Soga

    Tonight on Halloween in New York, all the Sabre players were arrested for imitating an NHL hockey player. There will be a Fan Appreciation Night this Saturday by Sabre Management and Ownership to all happy Sabre fans, all none of them. The Sabres will be handing out white flags at the turnstile. You will have to surrender your pride at the door. I am going to make sure my season ticket seats are still there. I do not need to show up until the third period when the Sabres get their 12th shot on goal. Thank you Buffalo for an October well done. Is Santa taking requests for Christmas for a hockey team or is it too late? Now I know how a Leaf fan felt for 46 years!

    • dave

      Well said

  • dave

    I am a hard core win lose or draw fan have been my entire life but its getting hard not to jump off thee ban wagon when the horse is dead and three of four wheels have fell off THANKS TERRY FOR EMBARRASSING MY HOME TOWN AND ALL MY FELLOW FANS

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