Series (Game 3 of 4)

Series tied 2-2

Game 1: Saturday, October 22nd
Game 2: Tuesday, November 22nd
Game 3: Tuesday, January 24th
Game 4: Monday, March 27th

Sabres 2

(30-15-3, 63 pts)

Rangers 1

(28-15-7, 63 pts)

7:00 PM ET, January 24, 2006

Madison Square Garden, New York, New York

1 2 3 T
BUF 1 0 12
NYR 0 1 01

R. Miller (Sabres - G): Saves: 23, Save Pct.: .958

H. Lundqvist (Rangers - G): Saves: 24, Save Pct.: .923

A. Kotalik (Sabres - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

Buffalo (29-15-3) at NY Rangers (28-14-7) 7:00 pm EST

Buffalo (29-15-3) at NY Rangers (28-14-7) 7:00 pm EST

NEW YORK (Ticker) -- Rangers rookie goaltender Henrik Lundqvist is gunning for more recognition in the race for the Calder Trophy.

The reigning NHL Defensive Player of the Week, Lundqvist can win his fourth straight game Tuesday when the New York Rangers host the Buffalo Sabres.

The 23-year-old Lundqvist posted a 1.62 goals-against average in victories over Pittsburgh, Boston and New Jersey, becoming the first Rangers rookie with 20 wins since Mike Richter in 1990-1991.

Lundqvist stopped 31 shots and fellow rookie Petr Prucha scored his 24th goal for the Rangers, who ended New Jersey's nine-game winning streak with Sunday's 3-1 triumph.

New York is five points behind first-place Philadelphia in the Atlantic Division and has a two-point edge over Buffalo for fourth in the Eastern Conference.

Maxim Afinogenov scored his 12th goal for Buffalo, which lost its second straight game in Saturday's 4-1 loss to the Calgary Flames.

League-leading scorer Jaromir Jagr netted the shootout clincher November 22 when the Rangers posted a 3-2 win over the Sabres to even the the season-series, 1-1.