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New York Rangers left winger Ruslan Fedotenko, of the Ukraine, right, skates into Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miller during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Buffalo, N.Y. (Oct. 9, 2010)

Rangers 6, Buffalo 3

Derek Stepan scored three goals in his NHL debut to lead the Blueshirts to a 6-3 win over the Sabres in the season opener.

Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist makes a save during
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Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist makes a save during the 2010-11 season opener against the Buffalo Sabres. (Oct. 9, 2010)

Buffalo Sabres defenseman Jordan Leopold watches the puck
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Buffalo Sabres defenseman Jordan Leopold watches the puck in front of Sabres goalie Ryan Miller during the third period. (Oct. 9, 2010)

Rangers defenseman Marc Staal, left, stick checks Buffalo
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Rangers defenseman Marc Staal, left, stick checks Buffalo Sabres right winger Drew Stafford during the 2010-11 season opener. (Oct. 9, 2010)

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Rangers center Derek Stepan, right, is congratulated by
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Rangers center Derek Stepan, right, is congratulated by teammate Brian Boyle after his hat-trick performance in his NHL debut against the Buffalo Sabres. (Oct. 9, 2010)

The Rangers' Ryan Callahan gets a shot off
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The Rangers' Ryan Callahan gets a shot off despite the defense of Buffalo's Thomas Vanek during the 2010-11 season opener. (Oct. 9, 2010)

The Rangers' Sean Avery, left, Derek Stepan, center,
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The Rangers' Sean Avery, left, Derek Stepan, center, and Marian Gaborik celebrate Stepan's first NHL goal against the Buffalo Sabres. (Oct. 9, 2010)

Buffalo Sabres center Derek Roy, left, tries to
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Buffalo Sabres center Derek Roy, left, tries to skate by New York Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Buffalo, N.Y. on Saturday, Oct. 9, 2010. (AP Photo/Don Heupel)

New York Rangers center Derek Stepan, right, is
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New York Rangers center Derek Stepan, right, is congratulated by Rangers Sean Avery after his first goal during the first period. (Oct. 9, 2010)

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BUFFALO, NY - OCTOBER 09: Linesman Greg Devorski
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BUFFALO, NY - OCTOBER 09: Linesman Greg Devorski #54 readies to drop the puck between the Buffalo Sabres and the New York Rangers at HSBC Arena in Buffalo, New York. (Oct. 9, 2010)

New York Rangers left winger Ruslan Fedotenko, of
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New York Rangers left winger Ruslan Fedotenko, of the Ukraine, right, skates into Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miller during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Buffalo, N.Y. (Oct. 9, 2010)

Steve Montador #4, Tyler Ennis #63, Andrej Sekera
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Steve Montador #4, Tyler Ennis #63, Andrej Sekera #44 and Shaone Morrisonn #27 of the Buffalo Sabres get ready to enter the ice prior to play against the New York Rangers at HSBC Arena. (Oct. 9, 2010)

BUFFALO, NY - OCTOBER 09: Players for the
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BUFFALO, NY - OCTOBER 09: Players for the Buffalo Sabres and the New York Rangers line up for the national anthems prior to play at HSBC Arena in Buffalo, New York. (Oct. 9, 2010)

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