Rangers survive Sabres’ surge, rebound from being shut out

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Here’s hoping you didn’t miss the third period of the Rangers’ eventual 6-3 win against the Sabres.

When Derick Brassard made it 3-1 early in the final frame, it seemed like the Rangers might sleepwalk through a win. They did win … but not before a Sabres-fueled scare.

Jack Eichel made some brilliant plays to set up two Zemgus Girgensons goals a little mroe than a minute apart, and all of a sudden, it was 3-3.

To New York’s credit, they responded to that bold push by Buffalo, as J.T. Miller scored another game-winner just a minute after Girgensons tied it up.

The margin expanded with a pretty power-play goal and an empty-netter to finish with that 6-3 margin, and now the Rangers can breathe a sigh of relief heading into the All-Star break.

While Buffalo lost – and let’s face it, maybe that’s for the best for a team in the East’s cellar – they also made a decent argument that these contests will be closer in the not-too-distant future.

Derick Brassard earned “The Broadway Hat,” and deservedly so, as he scored two goals and three assists.