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.

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