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Saturday, February 25, 2012
Rapid Reaction: Rangers 3, Sabres 2 (OT)

By Katie Strang

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What it means: Sabres winger Drew Stafford tallied twice for Buffalo but New York rallied to tie the game and win it in overtime. Captain Ryan Callahan made a jaw-dropping move to scored the game-winner with 2:01 left to play in OT as the Rangers snapped Buffalo's three-game winning streak 3-2.

Erasing leads: The Rangers whittled two one-goal leads Saturday on markers from Swedish rookie Carl Hagelin and sniper Marian Gaborik. With the Rangers trailing 1-0, Hagelin tied the game at 7:38 of the second with his wraparound shot that banked in off goaltender Ryan Miller's stick. Gaborik then notched an equalizer at 5:32 of the third with his 29th goal of the season -- a deft backhander that beat Miller to knot the teams at 2.

Tough play: After whiffing on a shot, Rangers defenseman Marc Staal made every possible effort to stop Buffalo's Tyler Ennis on a rush at the other end, jumping, diving and poking at the puck -- but to no avail. Ennis corralled the puck to find Stafford in front of the net for a 1-0 Sabres lead at 13:29 of the first.

Game's first goal: With Stafford's first-period marker, the Rangers have given up the game's first goal in four of the last five games, including the last three straight.

Dropping the gloves: Plagued by a rash of slow starts, Brandon Prust did his best to liven things up after puck drop Saturday. The gritty winger went after Sabres tough guy Paul Gaustad following the opening faceoff and the two players dropped the gloves, much to the Madison Square Garden crowd's delight. The Rangers entered Saturday's contest with a 7-1-0 record when Prust is assessed a fighting major within the first two minutes of the game.

Nash-tastic: With less than two days remaining before Monday's trade deadline, the Rangers remain front-runner for Columbus Blue Jackets captain Rick Nash. Nash's agent, Joe Resnick, issued a statement on his client's situation, telling Canada's TSN that Nash's camp would like to see a deal made before the deadline. Resnick said Nash's approved list of teams to which he'd accept a trade will not change once the deadline passes.

Up Next: Rangers vs. Devils, 7 p.m. Monday.