The Rangers scored five goals to open the game and cruised to a 5-1 win over the Sabres on Saturday night to snap a three-game losing streak. >> Box score
- 16:29 NYR Chris Kreider; Assists: Mika Zibanejad, Jesper Fast
- 18:02 NYR Jimmy Vesey Assists: Mats Zuccarello
- 3:59 NYR Neal Pionk; Assists: Jimmy Vesey, Kevin Hayes
- 8:45 NYR Mika Zibanejad (Power Play); Assists: Chris Kreider, Neal Pionk
- 14:47 NYR Jimmy Vesey (Power Play); Assists: Ryan Spooner, Kevin Hayes
- 15:26 BUF Sam Reinhart (Power Play); Assists: Kyle Okposo, Ryan O'Reilly
- 3: Neal Pionk
- 2: Jimmy Vesey
- 1: Alex Georgiev
- This one started off kind of ugly for the Rangers with all the shots Buffalo was getting but it turned into a blowout with some of their top guys continuing to find the net.
- You just have to hope that this run for Mika Zibanejad and Chris Kreider is real and the next step in the development of both. They have great chemistry and if this continues they could help the Rangers become competitive and get back to the playoffs next season.
- Again, Neal Pionk impresses and looks like someone that should be in the Rangers top-four for a long time. He has a really nice shot and was able to get the first, of hopefully many, of his NHL career.
- Good game for Jimmy Vesey as he eclipses his goal mark from last year. The Rangers need to see more of this from Vesey and, maybe more importantly, they need to see this against a team better than the Sabres.
- The Sabres fired Lindy Ruff in 2013 and have essentially been rebuilding the entire time that Alain Vigneault has been coach of the Rangers. In that time they have had four head coaches, two GMs, 5 top-1o picks and the second overall pick twice. They have drafted impact players, traded and signed others and don't look any closer to being good than they did when they started. The Rangers are starting their rebuild with more than the Sabres had when they started theirs, but Buffalo tried to make big moves to get good quick and it hasn't worked. The Rangers need to find the right balance while they build toward getting back to the top of the Metro and deep into the playoffs.
- Next up for the Rangers, hopefully the debut of Lias Andersson and the return of Filip Chytil.
What's Next: The Rangers will host the Capitals on Monday at 7:30 p.m.