FINAL: Rangers 8 Sabres 4

First Period:

  • Carl Hagelin 10 (Assists: Derek Stepan 22, Henrik Lundqvist 1)
  • Brad Richards 8 (Assists: Mats Zuccarello 3)
  • Ryane Clowe 3 (Unassisted)

Second Period:

  • Anton Stralman 4 (Assists: Ryane Clowe 15, Rick Nash 21)
  • Brad Richards 9 (Assists: Taylor Pyatt 4, John Moore 4)
  • Rick Nash 19 (Assists: Derek Stepan 23, Steve Eminger 3)
  • Cody Hodgson 15 (power play) (Assists: Christian Ehrhoff 16, Tyler Ennis 19)
  • Nathan Gerbe 5 (Unassisted)
  • Ryan Callahan 12 (Unassisted)
  • Drew Stafford 6 (Assists: Marcus Foligno 13)

Third Period:

  • Brad Richards 10 (Assists: Ryan McDonagh 13)
  • Mark Pysyk 1 (power play) (Assists: Christian Ehrhoff 17, Tyler Ennis 20)

Stats:

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Adam’s Thoughts:

  • Some nights you get the bounces and tonight was certainly one of those for the Rangers.
  • Brad Richards with his first career hat trick in nearly 900 games. They weren’t exactly pretty/highlight reel goals but they all count the same. Richards, for what seems like the first time all season, got some bounces to go his way.
  • They are 7-2-1 in their last ten and responded the perfect way to the loss against the Flyers. Next up is New Jersey on Sunday.

via the Rangers Game Notes:

Team Notes:
–      The Rangers defeated the Buffalo Sabres, 8-3, tonight at First Niagara Center, and are now 7-2-1 in their last 10 games. The eight goals are a season high, and the most by New York since Nov. 14, 2010 vs. Edmonton at Madison Square Garden (W, 8-2).
–      The Blueshirts improved to 23-17-4 (50 pts) overall, including a 9-11-2 mark on the road this season. New York has won four of their last five games, and are 6-2-1 since the trade deadline.
–      The Rangers established a franchise record for fastest five goals, tallying five goals in a span of 2 min. 58 sec. from 18:42 of the first period to 1:40 of the second period. The previous franchise record for fastest five goals was 3 min. 22 sec. in an 8-7 win vs. Edmonton on Feb. 15, 1985 at Madison Square Garden.
–      New York posted a combined record of 7-4-1 in back-to-back games, including a 3-3-0 (0-2-0 at home; 3-1-0 on the road) record in the second game. The Rangers swept their final back-to-back set of the season, out-scoring their opponent, 14-5, in the last two games. The 14 combined goals are the most by the Rangers in consecutive games since they registered 14 combined goals on Jan. 17, 2010 vs. Montreal (W, 6-2) – Jan. 19, 2010 vs. Tampa Bay (W, 8-2), and are the most in a back-to-back set since the Blueshirts tallied 16 combined goals on Mar. 1, 1992 vs. Hartford (W, 9-4) – Mar. 2, 1992 at New Jersey (W, 7-1).
–      The Blueshirts have registered a point in 90 consecutive games when leading after the second period, dating back to the 2009-10 season, posting a record of 84-0-6 over the span. The Rangers’ last regulation loss in a game when entering the third with the lead was Feb. 4, 2010 (6-5 loss vs. WSH). New York is 14-0-0 when leading after the second period this season.
Player Notes:
–      Brad Richards notched his first career hat trick with three goals, registered four shots on goal, and won 9-14 faceoffs (64%) in 14:17 of ice time. He tallied five points (four goals, one assist) in the Rangers’ back-to-back set.
–      Rick Nash tallied a goal, added an assist, and posted a plus-three rating in 16:11 of ice time. He has now registered 12 points (seven goals, five assists) in 10 April games.
–      Ryane Clowe notched an unassisted goal, added an assist, and posted a plus-three rating in 15:20 of ice time. He has now tallied 12 points (three goals, nine assists) in his last 17 games, including seven points (three goals, four assists) in nine games as a Ranger.
–      Derek Stepan recorded two assists and posted a plus-three rating in 18:50 of ice time. He has now registered 29 points (12 goals, 17 assists) in the last 26 games, including 13 points (five goals, eight assists) in the last 10 contests.
–      Carl Hagelin opened the game’s scoring at 18:42 of the first period and posted a plus-two rating in 17:08 of ice time.
–      Anton Stralman notched a goal, was credited with three hits, and posted a plus-two rating in 19:35 of ice time. He is now one point shy of his 100th career NHL point.
–      Ryan Callahan tallied an unassisted goal at 14:28 of the second period, registered four shots on goal, and posted a plus-two rating in 18:02 of ice time. He has now recorded nine points (three goals, six assists) in the last 10 games.
–      Henrik Lundqvist made 24 saves and tallied his first assist of the season to improve to 21-15-3 overall, including a 7-9-2 mark on the road this season. He has now started on consecutive days 65 times in his career, posting a record of 41-17-7 with a 1.94 GAA, .932 Sv% and six shutouts in the second game.
–      Mats Zuccarello tallied an assist to extend his point streak to three games (three goals, one assist over the span), and was credited with two hits and two blocked shots in 15:25 of ice time.
–      Steve Eminger recorded an assist and posted a plus-two rating in 16:36 of ice time, and is now one point shy of his 100th career NHL point.
–      Ryan McDonagh tallied an assist, was credited with two blocked shots, and posted a plus-three rating in 25:49 of ice time. He has now recorded six points (two goals, four assists) in the last 10 games, and the Rangers improved to 11-1-1 when he records a point.
–      Taylor Pyatt registered an assist and logged 14:30 of ice time, and is now one game shy of his 800th career NHL game.
–      John Moore recorded an assist and posted a plus-two rating in 12:51 of ice time. He has registered four points (one goal, three assists) in nine games as a Ranger, including two assists in the last three games.
–      Dan Girardi was credited with a game-high, six blocked shots, and posted a plus-two rating in 24:37 of ice time.
–      Derick Brassard led all skaters with four hits, registered three shots on goal, won 9-15 faceoffs (60%), and posted a plus-two rating in 16:04 of ice time.