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In what might be the best misfire in Rangers history, Brendan Shanahan, with the game tied at 3 late in the 3rd period, teed up a shot in the slot and just barely got a piece of the puck. The misfire trickled towards the corner, but was intercepted by Sean Avery, who buried the puck in the back of the net. The goal gave the Rangers a 4-3 lead, and they held on to win.

The win gives the Rangers some momentum as well as some breathing room in the standings, with a slim 2 point lead over the Sabres for 7th place in the East. (The Sabres have 1 less game played).

The Rangers top line of Jagr-Dubinsky-Avery scored 3 goals in the game (1 by each player), and played with great intensity throughout. Jagr ended a 13-game drought in goal scoring. The other Rangers goal was cashed in by Nigel Dawes on a weak wrister that beat Miller over the glove hand. (It seems to us that Miller is a little too eager to get down on his knees…… hmm… interesting…).

The Rangers take a red-eye back to NYC tonight and will be in action tomorrow evening against the Panthers in Madison Square Garden. Preview coming later.

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The Rangers play the Sabres tonight in Buffalo.   The last time these teams met was 1 week ago at Madison Square Garden, and resulted in a 5-1 Rangers victory.

How are the Rangers going to play as a team after suffering that devastating loss in Montreal?  They’ve had a few days off to stew about it, and while the quotes from the players have been optimistic, it’s something that is not easily forgotten.

This is Chris Drury’s first game in Buffalo as a Ranger.  You can expect lots of booing when he has the puck.

This should be a tightly contested game.  Both teams want to get 2 points, and both teams will be trying to win in regulation.  Now I’m off to watch the Duke game.

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In today’s matinée at the Garden, the opening puck dropped at 1:00 pm. Just 10 seconds later, Sean Avery drove home a rebound goal sparked by a Brandon Dubinsky drive to the net. The Rangers went on to score three more goals in the 1st period on Buffalo goalie Ryan Miller, who was pulled after just 12:25 played.The Rangers showed no ill-effects from five full days off, and came out like a team on a mission. The new line combinations seemed to be firing on all cylinders, and the Rangers played stifling team defense that frustrated Buffalo’s forwards for most of the game.

Here are 5-hole’s Players of the Game:

1. Brandon Dubinsky – 1 goal, 2 assists.

Made the Buffalo defense look slow several times by cutting hard to the net with the puck from the outside. Created several scoring chances with his speed and willingness to drive to the net.

2. Ryan Callahan – 1 goal.

Was a force to be reckoned with throughout the game on the forecheck. Created several scoring opportunities, and scored his goal after causing a turnover with a big check on Brian Campbell behind the Buffalo net.

3. Sean Avery -2 goals.

Looked great on the ice with Jagr and Dubinsky. Crashed the net off the rush for the 1st goal, and fought hard for rebounds in front of the net throughout the game. Buffalo Defenseman Toni Lydman will definitely have nightmares about Avery torching him for the Rangers 5th goal.

Honorable Mentions: Scott Gomez and Chris Drury

Each had 1 assist, but earn honorable mentions here because of their solid defense all night. Drury played very tough in the Rangers zone, especially along the boards behind the net. He also generated a few nice scoring chances. Gomez was also solid, and had one spectacular goal-saving play in the 2nd period blocking Thomas Vanek’s shot from going into an open net.

Game Notes: Marcel Hossa is in Hartford for conditioning, and will likely miss the Rangers next few games. It was reported earlier this week that Hossa was going to play on the 4th line Saturday instead of Ryan Hollweg, but it was Hollweg on the ice in his usual spot alongside Blair Betts and Colton Orr.

Check out the Video Highlights from today’s game:

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This is the second game this season between the Rangers and Sabres. The Rangers won the first meeting 2-1. This is a huge game for both teams, but it might be more important for the Rangers. In the standings, Buffalo is in 7th place with 64 points, while the Rangers are in 9th place with 63. BUT, the Sabres have played 2 fewer games. This might be a must-win for the Rangers if they want to avoid a fire-sale at the trade deadline.

 

Here are four storylines I’ll be keeping an eye on… after the jump.

 

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Next Rangers game: Saturday, February 16 vs. Buffalo.

The game will be in (and on) MSG, and while 5-hole does not have tickets for this particular game, we are glad to have the extra opportunity to hear Joe Micheletti do his patented play-by-play of instant replays!

Stay tuned for a preview of the game coming Thursday or Friday, in which we will break down the game for you so you can impress your girlfriend with your amazing hockey knowledge. Hmm, I guess you could call this a preview of the preview…

Also in the next issue: Jaromir Jagr starts back-checking on every shift!

Long layoff between games. In the meantime, check out this shootout video from Brian Leetch night. The sound is messed up in the beginning but it comes back.

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