National Hockey League

Lafreniere's 1st goal seals Rangers' 3-2 OT win at Buffalo


Another long wait ended Thursday for Lafreniere, who scored his first career goal 2:47 into overtime to secure a 3-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres .


It happened in a game the Rangers squandered two one-goal leads, snapped an 0-3-1 skid, and Lafreniere was robbed of a goal in the opening minute of the third period.


Rangers coach David Quinn continued to be impressed by the 19-year-old forward’s persistence by noting how Lafreniere returned to the bench laughing after being stopped.


"Nice pass by Blacky, and I had an open net," said Lafreniere, who didn’t feel any additional pressure being on the ice for the extra frame.


It came on the power play, 20 seconds after Ryan Lindgren was penalized for cross-checking Kyle Okposo into the end boards of the Rangers zone.


Sabres coach Ralph Krueger’s objective in a shortened season is making sure Buffalo remains in the playoff hunt through 36 games and then see how the final 20 shake out.






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