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Buffalo Sabres left wing Thomas Vanek (26) controls

Buffalo Sabres left wing Thomas Vanek (26) controls the puck during the first period against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. (March 1, 2011) Photo Credit: Christopher Pasatieri

Buffalo made the tight Eastern Conference playoff race a bit more crowded with a 3-2 victory over the Rangers.

Buffalo Sabres defenseman Tyler Myers (57) looks to
Photo Credit: Christopher Pasatieri

Buffalo Sabres defenseman Tyler Myers (57) looks to clear a deflected shot on goal from in front of goaltender Ryan Miller (30) during the second period against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. (March 1, 2011)

New York Rangers left wing Sean Avery (16)
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New York Rangers left wing Sean Avery (16) falls to the ice after being checked by Buffalo Sabres defenseman Mike Weber (6) during the second period at Madison Square Garden. (March 1, 2011)

Buffalo Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller (30) deflects a
Photo Credit: Christopher Pasatieri

Buffalo Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller (30) deflects a shot on goal during the second period against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. (March 1, 2011)

Buffalo Sabres right wing Michael Grier (25) and
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Buffalo Sabres right wing Michael Grier (25) and New York Rangers defenseman Matt Gilroy (97) play for position in front of the Rangers net during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (March 1, 2011)

New York Rangers goaltender Cam Tabolt (33) warms
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New York Rangers goaltender Cam Tabolt (33) warms up prior to the game against the Buffalo Sabres at Madison Square Garden. (March 1, 2011)

Buffalo Sabres left wing Thomas Vanek (26) screens
Photo Credit: Christopher Pasatieri

Buffalo Sabres left wing Thomas Vanek (26) screens New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) during a power play in the first period at Madison Square Garden. (March 1, 2011)

Buffalo Sabres left wing Thomas Vanek (26) controls
Photo Credit: Christopher Pasatieri

Buffalo Sabres left wing Thomas Vanek (26) controls the puck during the first period against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. (March 1, 2011)

Buffalo Sabres left wing Thomas Vanek (26) screens
Photo Credit: Christopher Pasatieri

Buffalo Sabres left wing Thomas Vanek (26) screens New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) during a power play in the first period at Madison Square Garden. (March 1, 2011)

Buffalo Sabres center Rob Niedermayer (20) and New
Photo Credit: Christopher Pasatieri

Buffalo Sabres center Rob Niedermayer (20) and New York Rangers center Vinny Prospal (20) play for possession of the puck during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (March 1, 2011)

Buffalo Sabres center Rob Niedermayer (20) and New
Photo Credit: Christopher Pasatieri

Buffalo Sabres center Rob Niedermayer (20) and New York Rangers center Vinny Prospal (20) play for possession of the puck during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (March 1, 2011)

Buffalo Sabres left wing Thomas Vanek (26) skates
Photo Credit: Christopher Pasatieri

Buffalo Sabres left wing Thomas Vanek (26) skates during the first period against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. (March 1, 2011)

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