Rangers Stop Sabres, 6-2

Pavel Buchnevich and Vladislav Namestnikov scored goals eight seconds apart in the 3rd period, to break open a one-goal game, and the Rangers cruised to a 6-2 win over the Sabres Friday night in Buffalo.

Alexandar Georgiev got the start in goal for the Blueshirts, and made 31 saves for his 9th win of the season.

The Rangers jumped out to a 2-0 lead after one period, on goals from Boo Nieves and Jesper Fast. Fast goal at the 14:03 mark, deflecting a Namestnikov shot past Buffalo goalie Linus Ullmark, was his 8th goal of the season.

Jeff Skinner made it a 2-1 game just 53 seconds into the 2nd period, scoring his team-leading 35th goal of the season. Jimmy Vesey made it 3-1 New York at 1:51 of the period, off a brilliant pass from Buchnevich behind the net. Skinner would score again, at 16:56, to make it 3-2 after two periods.

It stayed a 3-2 game until there was 4:01 to play, when Kevin Hayes faked a shot, and passed it to Buchnevich, who scored to make it 4-2. Then, after a misplay by Ullmark, Namestnikov stole the puck and scored with 3:53 remaining to make it 5-2.

Namestnikov would add an empty-net goal for the final 6-2 margin. He finished with two goals and one assist; he had gone 23 games without a goal.

The Rangers [now 25-24-8, 58 pts] play the Penguins Sunday afternoon in Pittsburgh.