Super Bowl LI will go down later tonight.
All that matters to the New York Rangers, however, is their matinee game with the Calgary Flames, faceoff slated to go down this afternoon at Madison Square Garden (2:00, MSG).
The Rangers (32-18-1) seek to build on a 2-1 overtime win over the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday night. Henrik Lundqvist, after being pulled from Tuesday night’s loss to Columbus, was the star of the night, stopping all but one of Buffalo’s 37 shots. Mats Zuccarello scored a power play goal in regulation, while Chris Kreider put in the overtime winner, the first of his career. JT Miller assisted on both tallies.
Meanwhile, the Flames (27-24-3) are in the midst of an Eastern road trip, getting off to a good start with an overtime win of their own on Friday night, 4-3 over the New Jersey Devils. TJ Brodie assisted on all four goals, the third of which came in the third period and erased a 3-2 deficit, scored by Matt Stajan. Mikael Backlund would put in the winner in overtime, helping Calgary keep a slim hold on the last wild card spot in the Western Conference.
The matinee will wrap up the annual two game set between the Rangers and Flames. The Rangers will be looking to sweep the Flames, having won 4-1 in Alberta on November 12 at the Scotiabank Saddledome. Lundqvist made 35 saves in victory, while Michael Grabner, Derek Stepan and Jimmy Vesey helped the Rangers build a 4-0 lead before Michel Ferland prevented the shutout with a late goal.
Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffMags5490.