NEW YORK, NY - (WKBW) This time the rolls were reversed in the Sabres shootout. After back-to-back perfect shootouts in their previous two games, the hockey club failed to score in its breakaway contest with the New York Rangers on Sunday night. Buffalo lost at Madison Square Garden 3-2.
The Sabres got on the board first when Drew Stafford scored in the second period.
The game changed 3:28 into the third period. With the Sabres already shorthanded, Bufalo's Patrick Kaleta hit the Rangers' Brad Richards from behind. Kaleta received a five-minute major penalty for checking from behind and a game misconduct.
New York then scored once on the ensuing 5-on-3 power play and again during the 5-on-4. Derek Stepan and Rick Nash provided the goals to give the Rangers a 2-1 lead.
But before the major penalty was over, Nathan Gerbe scored a shorthanded goal to tie the game at two.
Jason Pominville and Tyler Ennis failed to score in the shootout. Nash and Ryan Callahan beat Ryan Miller for the Rangers.
Buffalo's point streak is now at four consecutive games. Its win streak ended at three straight.
The Sabres next visit the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday night.