Rangers dominate Sabers with Mika Zibanejad’s overtime goal

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Rangers dominate Sabers with Mika Zibanejad's overtime goal


BUFFALO – Mika Zibanejad scored with 28 seconds left in overtime and the visiting Rangers beat the Buffalo Sabers 3-2 on Thursday.

Zibanejad entered the Sabers zone 2-1 and passed to Artemi Panarin, who returned the puck to Zibanejad for a stopwatch from the left circle.

Buffalo’s Tage Thompson forced overtime with 3.6 seconds left in regulation on a left circle wrist shot with the extra forward.

Colin Blackwell and Filip Chytil also scored for the Rangers, who have won two in a row after dropping a pair. Igor Shesterkin made 21 saves.

Rasmus Asplund also scored for Buffalo, who lost one night after ending their 18-game winless streak (0-15-3). Dustin Tokarski made 44 saves.

Chytil gave the Rangers a 2-1 lead at 6:17 of the third period. In a scrum in front of the net, Julien Gauthier pushed the puck towards Chytil, who scored on a wrist shot from the lunge.

The Rangers beat the Sabers 36-10 in the second and third periods.

Asplund, who had missed the last four games with a lower body injury, gave the Sabers a 1-0 lead at 2:06 of the first period when he blocked the puck at home in the ‘a scrum in front.

Blackwell’s ninth goal of the season tied the game 1-1 at 6:40 of the second period. Blackwell hit the crossbar in a two-on-one run, but Ryan Strome got the rebound and passed the cross ice to Blackwell, who scored on a clock from the left circle.

Strome extended his points streak to 11 games (two goals, 14 assists).

The Rangers were 0 for 4 on the power play, while the Sabers were 0 for 1.

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