Henrik Lundqvist made 39 saves and Jimmy Vesey scored a pair of goals, as the Rangers beat the Buffalo Sabres, 3-1, Sunday night at The Garden. The win extended the team’s winning streak to three games.
After a scoreless 1st period, the Blueshirts scored two goals in 19 seconds in the first minute of the 2nd period. Neal Pionk, off a nice pass from Vlad Namestnikov, scored his first goal of the season just 41 seconds into the period, to make it 1-0. Nineteen seconds later, Vesey – off a terrific assist from Brett Howden – beat Carter Hutton with a wrist shot to make it 2-0 just 60 seconds into the period.
Howden would leave the game later in the 2nd period, after a collision into the boards, and did not return to the game.
In the 3rd, Conor Sheary put a rebound past Lundqvist at the 6:07 mark to make it 2-1. Vesey’s empty-netter with 1:51 to go provided the final 3-1 margin. Vesey now has five goals on the season.
The Sabres out-shot the Rangers 40-22 in the game. Buffalo went 0-for-4 on the power play.
The Rangers [now 6-7-1, 13 pts] host the Montreal Canadiens Tuesday night at The Garden