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