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Rangers Beat Buffalo 3-2, Win Second Straight

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Henrik Lundqvist #30 of the New York Rangers makes a third period save on Mikhail Grigorenko #25 of the Buffalo Sabres at Madison Square Garden on March 3, 2013. The Rangers defeated the Sabres 3-2 in the shootout. (Credit: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (AP) — Rick Nash had a goal and assist and also scored in the shootout to lead the New York Rangers to a 3-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Sunday night.

Ryan Callahan also scored for the Rangers in the shootout. Derek Stepan added a goal, and Henrik Lundqvist made 28 saves. The Rangers have won two in a row.

Drew Stafford and Nathan Gerbe scored for Buffalo. Ryan Miller stopped 26 of 28 shots. The Sabres’ season-high three-game winning streak was ended.

The Rangers received a scare 3:28 into the third when Brad Richards was shoved from behind into the half boards by Sabres right wing Patrick Kaleta. Kaleta was assessed a five-minute major for checking from behind and was given a game misconduct.

Richards was on the ice for nearly two minutes before being helped to the bench. He returned to the game.

Nash and Callahan scored in the shootout while Jason Pominville and Tyler Ennis missed for Buffalo.

It was Buffalo’s third straight game that ended in a shootout. The Sabres had won the previous two.

Stepan’s power-play goal seven seconds after the penalty tied the game at 1-1.

Stepan one-timed a diagonal Nash pass over Miller for his second power-play goal of the season. The Rangers center screamed after the puck hit the back of the net.

Forty-three seconds later, on the same power play, Nash gave the Rangers a 2-1 lead with his fifth of the season.

Nathan Gerbe tied it at 2-2 at 8:19 of the third period on a nice pass from Steve Ott.

Stafford’s goal 8:04 into the second period opened the scoring. Rookie center Mikhail Grigorenko beat Richards on an offensive zone faceoff, winning the puck back to Stafford. The Buffalo right wing’s snap shot appeared to deflect off a stick and fluttered past Lundqvist.

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)