Sabres top Rangers in shootout, get second win in three games after skid


BUFFALO — Linus Ullmark made 28 saves to help the Buffalo Sabres defeat the New York Rangers 3-2 at KeyBank Center on Saturday.

Tage Thompson scored the only goal in the shootout after Victor Olofsson tied it 2-2 from the slot at 16:19 of the third period.  

Casey Mittelstadt scored for the Sabres (8-23-6), who have won two of three games since losing 18 in a row, the longest stretch without a victory in the shootout era (since 2005-06). Buffalo is 2-0-2 in its past four. 

Artemi Panarin scored twice, and Adam Fox had two assists to extend his point streak to 10 games for the Rangers (17-15-5). Igor Shesterkin made 27 saves.

Panarin put the Rangers ahead 1-0 on the power play, taking advantage of a collision between Ullmark and Sabres defenseman Jacob Bryson in the crease to score from the right wall at 10:02 of the first period. 

Mittelstadt tied it 1-1 at 13:01 when he kept the puck on a 2-on-1 with Taylor Hall before beating Shesterkin from the right face-off circle.

Panarin one-timed a pass from Fox in the left circle to put New York in front 2-1 at 17:52 of the second period.

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