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Mats Zuccarello (36) celebrates his goal with Brad Richards, center, and Ryan McDonagh (27) during the third period of a game against the Buffalo Sabres. (Dec. 5, 2013)

Rangers vs. Sabres

The Rangers beat the Buffalo Sabres, 3-1, on Thursday at First Niagara Center.

Brad Richards, left, celebrates his goal with defenseman
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Brad Richards, left, celebrates his goal with defenseman Dan Girardi, right, during the third period of a game against the Buffalo Sabres. (Dec. 5, 2013)

Buffalo Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller (30) watches the
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Buffalo Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller (30) watches the shot of Mats Zuccarello (36), who scores during the third period. (Dec. 5, 2013)

Mats Zuccarello (36) celebrates his goal with Brad
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Mats Zuccarello (36) celebrates his goal with Brad Richards, center, and Ryan McDonagh (27) during the third period of a game against the Buffalo Sabres. (Dec. 5, 2013)

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Buffalo Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller (30) and defenseman
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Buffalo Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller (30) and defenseman Tyler Myers (57) defend as Ryan Callahan (24) watches the goal by Brad Richards during the third period. (Dec. 5, 2013)

The Buffalo Sabres' Tyler Ennis (63) scores against
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The Buffalo Sabres' Tyler Ennis (63) scores against Henrik Lundqvist (30) as Anton Stralman (6), Brad Richards (19) and Marc Staal (18) defend as during the third period. (Dec. 5, 2013)

Marc Staal (18) carries the puck up the
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Marc Staal (18) carries the puck up the ice while Buffalo Sabres center Steve Ott (9) and Rangers left winger Mats Zuccarello (36) tangle alongside the net during the first period. (Dec. 5, 2013)

Henrik Lundqvist stops Buffalo Sabres center Cody Hodgson,
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Henrik Lundqvist stops Buffalo Sabres center Cody Hodgson, right, during the first period. (Dec. 5, 2013)

Taylor Pyatt (14) chases a rebound as the
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Taylor Pyatt (14) chases a rebound as the Buffalo Sabres' Christian Ehrhoff (10) and Ryan Miller (30) defend during the second period. (Dec. 5, 2013)

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Ryan Callahan (24) has the puck knocked away
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Ryan Callahan (24) has the puck knocked away by Buffalo Sabres' Ryan Miller (30) during the second period. (Dec. 5, 2013)

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