Sabres shut down Rangers offense in 4-1 win


Jack Eichel was not happy after the Buffalo Sabres’ most recent loss in Boston, resulting in a post-game outburst in the locker room.

The next day he said everybody on the team needs to get better.

On Tuesday, it seemed that everybody got the message.

The Sabres were 4-1 winners in New York on Tuesday night with what might have been one of their best efforts of the season to give them just their second win in the past eight games.

Eichel scored his eighth goal in the win, while Zemgus Girgensons, Evander Kane and Justin Bailey also added goals to stop the Rangers’ winning streak at three games.

While the offense was nice — and with only 13 goals in their previous seven games, they needed it — the real story of the night for the Sabres was the way they were able to completely shut down the Rangers for extended periods of time and not even allow them to come close to scoring.

Buffalo came out strong and did not allow the Rangers to record their first shot of the game until the 10-minute mark of the first period.

Perhaps even more impressive was their performance in the third period when, protecting a three-goal lead, they did not allow the Rangers to record a shot for the first 15 minutes of the period, and even then only allowed them to put only five shots on goaltender Anders Nilsson.

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