Series (Game 3 of 4)

Buffalo leads 3-1

Game 1: Friday, December 12th
Game 2: Friday, January 30th
Game 3: Saturday, January 31st
Game 4: Wednesday, March 31st

Rangers 1

(19-23-4, 49 pts)

Sabres 3

(23-25-1, 52 pts)

7:00 PM ET, January 31, 2004

First Niagara Center, Buffalo, New York

1 2 3 T
NYR 0 1 01
BUF 2 0 13

M. Biron (Sabres - G): Saves: 31, Save Pct.: .969

M. Afinogenov (Sabres - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

B. Leetch (Rangers - D): Goals: 0, Assists: 0

NY Rangers (19-22-7-4) at Buffalo (22-25-5-1) 7:00 pm EST

BUFFALO, New York (Ticker) -- The Buffalo Sabres hope to extend their winning streak to a season-high four games Saturday night when they host the New York Rangers in the back end of a home-and-home set.

The Sabres defeated the Rangers, 3-1, Friday to match their longest winning streak of the season (October 23-26). They have not won four straight since March 24-29, 2003.

Martin Biron made 33 saves and Daniel Briere and Chris Drury each scored a goal on the power play for Buffalo, which has won four of its last five games. The Sabres are 6-1-2 in their last nine home games.

Defenseman Dale Purinton scored the lone goal for the Rangers, who have lost six of their last seven. Mike Dunham returned after missing three games with a concussion and made 32 saves.

Prior to the game, the Rangers learned that center Eric Lindros will be sidelined indefinitely after sustaining his eighth career concussion Wednesday against the Washington Capitals.

Mark Messier replaced Lindros as the center in between Jaromir Jagr and Martin Rucinsky. Jagr was held without a point for the third time in four games since he was acquired from Washington on January 23. Right wing Alexei Kovalev, New York's second-leading scorer, is pointless in his last five contests.

The Rangers are only 1-3-1 in their last five outings away from home.

New York posted a 3-1 victory in Buffalo on December 12 as Jussi Markkanen made 19 saves and Kovalev and Petr Nedved tallied.