With the start of the Stanley Cup playoffs less than two weeks away, the New York Rangers aren't playing like a team that wants to be there.
The lowly Buffalo Sabres looked more like a playoff team Saturday night in putting the Rangers' hopes of clinching a playoff berth on hold yet again with a 4-3 victory that was keyed by Ryan O'Reilly's two first-period goals.
Zemgus Girgensons and Matt Moulson also scored on a night the Sabres sent Henrik Lundqvist to the bench in less than 21 minutes and had the sellout crowd at Madison Square Garden booing several times.
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"We know down the stretch teams are trying to finish on a high note," Rangers captain Ryan McDonagh said after the team failed to clinch a playoff spot for the second straight game. "It doesn't matter where you are. We're trying to fine-tune our game and certainly can't put ourselves in a big hole like that."