Rangers make it three straight with win over Buffalo

The Rangers have won three straight games. These are words we probably didn’t think would be uttered at all this season. But with a pair of shootout wins out west, the Rangers made it a true winning streak last night with a 3-1 win over the Sabres. Henrik Lundqvist was downright brilliant yet again, and kept the Blueshirts in it by stopping all 15 shots he faced in the first period.

The Blueshirts came out a little sluggish, taking just five shots in that first period. They didn’t really pick it up either, allowing 40 shots. Lundqvist was huge in this game as the Rangers bled shots left and right. Lundqvist stopped 39 shots, and the Rangers got some timely goals by finding open space in the offensive zone. It certainly wasn’t a pretty win.

Rangers 1, Sabres 0

This is just a beautiful shot by Neal Pionk, off a great feed from Vlad Namestnikov. Buffalo wasn’t really out of position defensively here.

Rangers 2, Sabres 0

This play is a brilliant all around offensive play by this line. Jimmy Vesey and Brett Howden with a nice little passing play where Vesey finds the hole in the coverage. He gets open because two men go to Howden, leaving Vesey that open for the snipe.

Rangers 2, Sabres 

I don’t need to add any more analysis than Fitz here already provided. Just a terrible turnover by Brendan Smith here.

Rangers 3, Sabres 1

Vesey empty netter.

The Rangers are getting points despite playing some relatively sloppy hockey. This is a product of their SH% coming back around, but you have to assume that Lundqvist won’t continue being Jacob deGrom out there. It is nice to see wins though. Let’s enjoy them.

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21 thoughts on “Rangers make it three straight with win over Buffalo

  • Nov 5, 2018 at 6:21 am

    Another Ranger game, another game that Henrik makes the team look better than it is.

    • Nov 5, 2018 at 7:58 am

      to the organizations detriment . another 3 years till we can get an elite pick.

      • Nov 5, 2018 at 7:40 pm

        Henrik can’t win, lol

    • Nov 5, 2018 at 10:08 am

      Hank is this teams shut down pair and shutdown line

      • Nov 5, 2018 at 7:40 pm

        well said bro

  • Nov 5, 2018 at 7:36 am

    Hank definitely stole the show last night. And Vesey had a very solid game. Namestnikov was much better than he has been. Was hoping for more out of Buch after back to back scratches. Hated seeing Howden leave the game, but sounds like just precautionary. Have not seen anything more on him this morning.

  • Nov 5, 2018 at 8:14 am

    Nice game, nice win. Sure looked like a separated shoulder for Howden. Hank is all world.

  • Nov 5, 2018 at 8:25 am

    I hope Howden is alright. The kid has been so good I’d hate to see his season interrupted for any significant period of time.

    Vesey has been working hard since the pre-season and I’ll give Quinn some credit for pairing him with Howden and Fast recently because the line has been quite good.

    The Rangers bled shots, but Hank kept them in the game and the defenders bent a lot but didn’t break down. So they stole one. The Sabres must be frustrated as heck.

    • Nov 5, 2018 at 10:30 am

      Be careful. Can’t say anything positive about DQ on this forum. Don’t you know he is just a Torts Jr?

    • Nov 5, 2018 at 11:22 am

      You’re dangerously close to saying something positive about DQ. Careful.

      • Nov 5, 2018 at 11:44 am

        Ha, well Danger is my middle name…

    • Nov 5, 2018 at 12:15 pm

      Not really.. The Sabres had most of their shots taken because of a multitude of Power Plays opposed to the 1 measly Power Play the Rangers had.

      Rangers won that game because of 2 things – Goaltending and Coaching.

      Both teams weaknesses were similar in a sense that if you were able to establish deep O-Zone presence, then you had a better chance.. The Rangers made sure to not allow Buffallo to continue to get pucks into our corners like they did in the first period.. We continued to do to them in the latter 2 periods what they did to us in the first.

  • Nov 5, 2018 at 8:56 am

    This is not the strategy required to get a high lottery pick, but it is nice to see the team coming together…

    • Nov 5, 2018 at 10:21 am

      If there are any players on the Rangers interested in acquiring the highest pick in the draft, and I don’t there are, Please, let’s get rid of them, we certainly are not trying to foster and go forward with that “loser” mentality

      • Nov 5, 2018 at 10:23 am

        *I don’t ‘think’ there are*

  • Nov 5, 2018 at 9:17 am

    What goes around comes around … we were due for a game just like this.

  • Nov 5, 2018 at 9:59 am

    mirror image of the first game with Buffalo. Game 1. Rangers are the best team but Hutton outplays Lundqvist. Game 2, Sabres dominate, but Lundqvist bests Hutton.

  • Nov 5, 2018 at 10:10 am

    hard to see #21 crash, but you have to love his all in attitude.. I hope its something minor…

    perhaps Anderson comes up ??

    #30 – I genuflected watching him last night… wow! ya gotta bow!!!

    #77 playing good… and who cant stop talking about #44… he’s a keeper!!!!

    LGR!!! I didn’t think we were supposed to climb that high away from draft pick lottery territory?!??!

    • Nov 5, 2018 at 12:07 pm

      Andersson is the best choice, but they may really not want to burn a year of his ELC. Beleskey seems the likely alternative, but Fogarty has started well and might deserve a look.

  • Nov 5, 2018 at 10:49 am

    Buch was involved all night even threw some bodychecks.

    • Nov 5, 2018 at 2:37 pm

      Howden’s injury allowed Buch to play an even strength shift with Chytil and Letterri. Buch and Chytil had a very good cycling shift in Buffalo’s zone, and they looked very much in synch with each other.

      If Buch would play left wing instead of McLeod, that would be much better. But I’ve been told that Buch cannot (or will not) play left wing.

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