Brad Boyes had a powerplay goal and logged just under 15 minutes of ice time in his Sabres debut; and Ryan Miller recorded 29 saves on 31 shots to earn his 27th win of the season.
Tyler Myers scored first, late in the first period on the powerplay to put the Sabres up 1-0. Thomas Vanek was planted in front of the net and Tyler Myers took a snapshot from the point that beat a screened Lundqvist.
New York had some opportunities but Ryan Miller and the Sabres defense held strong to end the period with the one goal advantage. 13 minutes into the 2nd period, the newest Sabre, Brad Boyes, puts home a pass from Paul Gaustad to put the Sabres up 2-0.
Buffalo had a comfortable lead and looked to be in control, but 45 seconds on the PowerPlay; Erik Christensen literally buried a shot that beat Miller glove side.
Later in the second period Buffalo survived a 4 on 3 as well as a 5 on 4 to hold onto the one goal lead. Miller, again, held off the Rangers threat again on the powerplays. The period ended with 16 shots by the Rangers compared to the 11 by the Sabres. Thomas Vanek did leave the second period after blocking a shot and did not return until the third.
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