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Sabres stay alive in playoff race with shootout win over Rangers

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  • Kyle Evans 

The Buffalo Sabres (40-32-7, 87 points) stayed alive in the playoff race with a thrilling 3-2 shootout victory over the New York Rangers (47-22-12, 106 points) on Monday night at Madison Square Garden.

Buffalo trailed 2-1 entering the final 20 minutes, but Casey Mittelstadt tied the game at 8:13, and the game would go to overtime. After the Sabres could not capitalize on the power play in the extra period, Buffalo scored twice in the five-round shootout, thanks to Owen Power and Mittelstadt, who found the back of the net.

JJ Peterka also potted a goal in the win, his 12th of the season. Tyson Jost, Jack Quinn, and Alex Tuch notched assists.

Devon Levi stopped 26-of-28 shots and 4-of-5 in the shootout. He joined Tom Barrasso and Don Edwards as the only Sabres goaltenders to begin their careers with wins in four of their first five games.

The Sabres will try to stay alive on Tuesday when they take on the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center. Puck drop is slated for 7 p.m.