Buffalo 3 - NY Rangers 1
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
First Niagara Center
A pair of unlikely heroes took centerstage on Tuesday for the Buffalo Sabres in a 3-1 win over the New York Rangers at First Niagara Center. Goaltender Jhonas Enroth made 32 saves to earn his first win since November 26, 2011, and Marcus Foligno, after being on a 20-game scoring drought, scored two goals to lead Buffalo to consecutive wins for the first time this season.
The scoring began in the second period on Derek Stepan’s shorthanded goal. Stepan was camped in front of the Buffalo net and slammed home the feed from Ryan Callahan to put the Rangers up 1-0. Just 78 seconds later the Sabres would tie the game on Foligno’s second goal of the season. Christian Ehrhoff’s point shot went wide of the Rangers net and Foligno grabbed the puck from below the line and pulled it between his legs to stuff it into the net. Ehrhoff and Andrej Sekera got the assists on the goal. Later in the period, Thomas Vanek scored his 14th goal of the season on a beautiful breakaway pass off the boards from Jason Pominville. Foligno would add another goal in the third to seal the victory.
The Sabres improve to 10-14-3 (23 points) on the season which puts them in 12th place in the Eastern Conference. They will try to stretch their home winning streak to three games on Saturday in an afternoon start against Ottawa.
BEHIND THE NUMBERS
Jason Pominville now has 267 career assists which gives him sole possession of ninth place in franchise history… Rookie Brian Flynn now has three points (2+1) in his last three games… Tuesday’s game was Jhonas Enroth’s first appearance at home since January 7, 2012, a 2-1 loss to Winnipeg… 164th game all-time between Buffalo and New York; Buffalo leads the series with a 78-53-33 record. Buffalo is 47-23-13 at home against the Rangers all-time…The two teams will meet for the third and final time on April 19 in Buffalo.
Jordan Leopold returned to the lineup after missing the previous nine games with an upper body injury…Tyler Ennis was scratched from the game with an upper body injury which he suffered on Sunday in Philadelphia after being hit from behind by Wayne Simmonds… Patrick Kaleta served the fourth game of his five-game suspension… T.J. Brennan was a healthy scratch… Alexander Sulzer (lower body, 8 games) and Ville Leino (hip, 27 games) remain on IR.
BUFFALO’S REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Time on Ice: Christian Ehrhoff, 24:38
Shots: Marcus Foligno, 4
Blocked Shots: Weber/Ehrhoff, 5
Hits: Steve Ott, 4
Faceoff Wins: Jochen Hecht, 7
Total Faceoffs: Cody Hodgson, 18
BUFFALO’S RECORD WHEN...
* Opponent Scoring First: 2-10-1
* Tied after the first period: 6-6-3
* Leading after the second period: 2-0-2
* Outshot by opponent: 7-10-1
Overall: 11/98, 11.2%
Home: 7/49, 14.3%
Overall: 86/109, 78.9%
Home: 57/71, 80.3%
* Saturday vs. Ottawa, 3 p.m.
* Sunday @ Washington, 7 p.m.
* Tuesday @ Montreal, 7:30 p.m.