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.
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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.