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Bure continues to excel after missing three games

10/17/2002

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- Eric Lindros played his first full game in
almost a week. A full 60 minutes wasn't enough to get the New York
Rangers a win.

Lindros staked the Rangers to an early lead, but it took a fluky
third-period goal by Pavel Bure to give the Rangers a 4-4 tie with
the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday night.

"It's unfortunate that we let a two-goal lead slip,'' Lindros
said. "We got a point out of it. But I don't think anybody is real
happy with a single point.''

Lindros put the Rangers up 2-0 when he scored power-play goals
26 seconds apart in the first period. Buffalo's Rob Ray was in the
penalty box serving four minutes for an unprovoked attack on New
York defenseman Darius Kasparaitis.

Lindros was suspended for one game after a high-sticking
incident against Montreal on Oct. 11, and was ejected from Tuesday
night's game against Toronto after he was given a questionable
boarding penalty.

Miroslav Satan had two goals for Buffalo, and Chris Gratton and
Tim Connolly also scored. Connolly and Satan each have three goals
this season.

Satan's second goal capped a second-period rally that saw
Buffalo score four times and take a 4-3 lead. He took a pass from
Gratton and walked out untouched from the corner before tucking a
shot past Rangers goalie Daniel Blackburn.

"Last year we had trouble coming back when we were down,''
Satan said. "We want to show teams that we can come back, and we
did that tonight with a strong second period.''

Following Satan's first goal at 1:06 of the second period,
Gratton blocked a point shot and went the length of the ice before
unleashing a slap shot past a startled Blackburn.

This was Blackburn's first game back since dislocating a finger
on his catching hand during pregame warmups Saturday in Pittsburgh.
He was convinced the Sabres were trying to take advantage of his
injury.

"It's pretty obvious the Sabres knew what happened, because I'm
convinced they were purposely shooting for my glove hand most of
the night,'' he said.

Bure's goal tied it with 8:51 left in regulation when his wrist
shot hit the far post and deflected in off the skate of goalie
Martin Biron.

Bure, who missed the first three games this season because of
illness, now has three goals and two assists in two contests.

Bobby Holik also scored for New York, unbeaten in two games
after being outscored 10-1 during a two-game losing streak. Holik's
goal was his first with the Rangers after signing as a free agent
in July.

Lindros thinks it's just a matter of time until the Rangers
start to click.

"It's just mental lapses right now,'' Lindros said. "We're
backing off the gas a little bit when we should be keeping it full
throttle.''

Blackburn made 24 saves for New York, including a huge pad save
on a Henrik Tallinder blast from the slot late in overtime. Biron
turned away 32 shots for Buffalo.

Special teams continue to play a big part in the early weeks of
the season. Buffalo was 2-for-5 on the power play and the Rangers
were 3-for-9. New York has five power-play goals in two games after
starting the season 1-for-18 with the man-advantage.

Game notes
The Rangers were 3-0-1 against Buffalo last season. ...
Lindros has 16 goals and 36 points in 29 career games against
Buffalo. ... Sabres defensemen Brian Campbell and Dmitri Kalinin
were healthy scratches for the fourth straight game.