One of Henrik Lundqvist's most timely saves was on a teammate: Rick Nash.
"Yeah, you know what, I think so. It would be tough to sit in here and lose that way," Lundqvist said after the Rangers' 3-2 shootout win over the Sabres Sunday night at the Garden.
With 19 seconds left in overtime, Nash carried the puck across the crease from the corner, catching Lundqvist by surprise. "I got a little worried because he got so close, and then I just brought the stick down," he said. "Then on top of that, he fell, so I was ready for it."
When the horn sounded, coach John Tortorella was grinning on the bench about the near-mishap. When asked after the game when he was able to laugh about it, Lundqvist said: "Now."
Sharp against Sabres
Ryan Callahan (3-for-3 in shootouts this season) has been extremely clutch against the Sabres. His deke of Ryan Miller and tuck-in at the far post in the second round of Sunday night 's shootout gave the Rangers a 2-0 edge. He was credited with a team-high six hits and led all forwards with 26:04 of ice time.
Last season, he scored the winning goal in two of the Rangers' three victories over Buffalo, one in overtime plus the game-decider in a 1-0 shootout win.
The Rangers wore their dark blue heritage jerseys, unveiled last season to commemorate the 85th anniversary of the franchise, for the sixth time this season and are 5-1 . . . The Rangers are 8-4-1 at home and 32-for-34 on the penalty kill (94.1 percent) in the last 11 games. "Our PK has been better and better as the year has gone on," Derek Stepan said . . . Dan Girardi had five blocked shots . . . Arron Asham (back) missed his fifth consecutive game . . . Matt Gilroy was a healthy scratch . . . Chris Kreider scored his second goal in three games for the Connecticut Whale Sunday.