The New York Rangers and the Buffalo Sabres faced off in the 10th annual NHL Winter Classic on New Year’s Day. It was a sunny, cold, and windy day at Citi Field home of the New York Mets. J.T. Miller scored off a rebound on a shot by Kevin Shattenkirk with 2:43 into overtime as the Rangers defeated the Sabres 3-2.
Paul Carey and Michael Grabner scored goals for the Rangers in the first period. Sam Reinhart scored a power-play goal in the second-period for the Sabres. Rasmus Ristolainen tied the game :27 seconds into the third period.
In the third period, teams traded sides at the 10-minute mark because of the conditions. The same was done in overtime. At the 2:30 mark of overtime, teams switched sides.
Henrik Lundqvist made 31 saves for the Rangers. Lundqvist is now 4-0 in his career when playing outdoor games. His last came on January 29, 2014, in a 2-1 win against the New York Islanders. Robin Lehner made 39 saves for the Sabres. These two teams will play each other two more times this season.