*April is the Sabres’ best month since 2005-06; they have a 29-13-3 (.678) April record in that span, including a 6-2-0 (.750) record so far this season.
*The Sabres are 7-3-2 against the Atlantic Division this season; the Rangers are 5-8-1 against the Northeast.
*The Sabres were in 14th place and eight points out of the final playoff spot on the morning of March 19. In the 15 games since then, they’ve gone 9-4-2 with three different three-game winning streaks. With a win tonight, they would pull within two points.
*A win tonight would give Buffalo their first four-game winning streak since the team won five straight from March 19-27, 2012.
After 1st period: NYR 3 – BUF 0
*The Sabres must gain at least one point tonight to remain in playoff contention. Buffalo last rebounded from a three-goal deficit to get at least one point on April 3, 2012 vs. TOR (6-5 OT win). They also trailed by three goals after the first period in that game; the win kept them in playoff contention.
*The Rangers are 14-2-1 when scoring first; the Sabres are 5-15-2 when allowing the first goal.
*Buffalo is 1-9-1 when trailing after the first period; New York is 9-0-1 when leading after one.
After 2nd period: NYR 7 – BUF 3
*Buffalo’s first and second goals, scored six seconds apart, were two seconds short of tying the franchise record (:04 seconds, Lee Fogolin and Don Luce, 10/17/74 vs. California). Nathan Gerbe scored twice in a five-second span on Jan. 21, 2011 vs. NYI.
*The seven-goal period was the highest-scoring period in a Sabres game since Jan. 1, 2011 vs. BOS (1st period, 4-3 BOS). The Sabres won the game, 7-6.
*Cody Hodgson leads all NHL sophomores with 15 goals and 32 points.
*Drew Stafford now has seven points (6+1) in his last five games against the Rangers.
*With his assist, Tyler Ennis has extended his point streak to three games (0+3).
*With his assist, Marcus Foligno has five points (2+3) in four career games against the Rangers.
*Buffalo is 3-14-2 when trailing after the second period; New York is 13-0-0 when leading after two.
Final: NYR 8 – BUF 4
*With the loss, the Sabres have officially been eliminated from playoff contention.
*Sabres defenseman Mark Pysyk scored his first NHL goal with 40 seconds remaining in the game.
*Pysyk’s goal was the 11th scored this season by the Sabres or their opponent in the last two minutes of a game (excluding empty net goals).
*The Sabres have now scored a power play goal in three consecutive games for the second time this season. They are 5-for-13 on the power play in their last three games.
*Tyler Ennis now has 11 points (4+7) in 11 career games against the Rangers.