Series (Game 3 of 4)
Series tied 2-2
(30-15-3, 63 pts)
(28-15-7, 63 pts)
7:00 PM ET, January 24, 2006
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
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
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
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
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.