Artemi Panarin Steals Puck From Rasmus Dahlin And Scores With Slick Deke
- Ryan Strome scored his first two goals of the season, and the New York Rangers ended a five-game losing streak, defeating the Buffalo Sabres 6-2 at Madison Square Garden on Thursday.
“Sometimes it’s a game like this that can get you out of a little bit of a rut,” Strome said. “Hopefully we can get going.”
- Tony DeAngelo and Brett Howden each had a goal and an assist, Artemi Panarin and Chris Kreider scored, and Henrik Lundqvist made 31 saves for the Rangers (3-4-1), who were 0-4-1 in their past five games.
- The Rangers credited the team meetings they held and their practice Wednesday as the reason they were able to get their first win since Oct. 5.
“I give our leaders a ton of credit, they took the bull by the horns,” coach David Quinn said. “There certainly were some heated discussions [Wednesday]. They all looked in the mirror and realized what we needed to do.
“You can have all the meetings you want, you’ve got to apply it. I thought the practice was as good of a practice as we had in a while. There was a great mental and physical purpose to the practice. It was only for a half-hour, but I think when that practice ended they felt good. They felt good about the things we had worked on and it carried over.”
- Marco Scandella and Vladimir Sobotka scored for the Sabres (8-2-1), who had their three-game winning streak end.
- Carter Hutton made 18 saves and his six-game winning streak to start the season also ended.
- Scandella and Jimmy Vesey left the game in the second period. Sabres coach Ralph Krueger said they were still being evaluated postgame and for now they are listed as day to day.
“Nothing looks long-term there but they’re still being appraised,” Krueger said.
- Lundqvist got his 451st NHL win. He is three away from tying Curtis Joseph for fifth all-time.
- He also appeared in his 862nd game with the Rangers, moving past Hall of Famer Jean Ratelle for sixth on their all-time list. …
- Rangers rookie defenseman Adam Fox got an assist on Kreider’s goal for his first NHL point.
Sources & Credits: Dan Rose / NHL.com, New York Rangers, Buffalo Sabres