Miller lifts Rangers past Sabres in outdoor clash
New York (AFP)
J.T. Miller lifted the New York Rangers to a 3-2 overtime victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Monday with a dramatic power play goal to end the NHL's outdoor 2018 Winter Classic.
Miller's goal after Sabres player Jacob Josefson, of Sweden, was penalized for tripping in front of the crowd of 41,800 braving the freezing temperatures at Citi Field in New York.
The Rangers left winger was in the ideal position as Sabres goalie Robin Lehner made an initial save but couldn't control the rebound.
The puck bounced right onto the stick of Miller, who deposited it into the open side of the goal 2:43 into the extra session.
Paul Carey and Michael Grabner scored in the first period for the Rangers, who improved to a league-best 4-0 overall in outdoor games.
Swedish national team goaltender Henrik Lundqvist stopped 31 shots to help New York improve to 6-2-3 in its last 11 regular season games.
Rasmus Ristolainen and Canadian Sam Reinhart scored for Buffalo while Kyle Okposo had two assists.
Lehner finished with 39 saves for the Sabres in the contest at Citi Field, usually the home of Major League Baseball's New York Mets.
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