The second period was pock marked with garbage goals. First, the Sabres tied it at 1-1 when Derek Roy fired a wrist shot that trickled behind Marty Biron and was poked in by Tyler Ennis. The cavalcade of Rangers around the crease couldn’t clear away Ennis, who streaked behind Biron and banged the puck home.
The Rangers went up by a goal with 19.7 seconds to go in the period thanks to Artem Anisimov, who controlled a bouncing puck in front of the net off of Brandon Dubinsky’s stick, controlled it and shot a wrister past Jhonas Enroth.
It looked like the Rangers most productive line had bailed out the Blueshirts, handing them a third-period lead. But the Rangers let Buffalo winger Mike Grier roam free on the crease and he banged home a garbage goal with three seconds left. One that could have been avoided but shouldn't be pinned on Marty Biron.
We’ll find out in 20 minutes if that momentary lapse on defense will cost the Rangers another winnable game at the Garden.