Lockport Union-Sun & Journal Online

December 31, 2013

Montoya, Jets blank the Sabres

Rangers beat Panthers in a shootout.

The Associated Press
The Associated Press

WINNIPEG, Manitoba —

Al Montoya made 27 saves and led the Winnipeg Jets to a 3-0 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday night.
Keaton Ellerby, Jacob Trouba and Anthony Peluso provided all the offense necessary for Montoya, who earned his second shutout of the season. Winnipeg tied a season best with its third straight win.
Montoya (8-2-1), making his second straight start after relieving No. 1 goalie Ondrej Pavelec in the first period of a game last week against Minnesota, has won six consecutive decisions.
Sabres backup Jhonas Enroth got his 12th start of the season and handed the Jets (19-18-5) the lead when a weak point shot from Ellerby got past his blocker in the first period.
The Sabres (11-25-4) thought they had tied it when Marcus Foligno banged the puck past Montoya, but the net was dislodged before the puck went in.
Rangers 2, Panthers 1 (SO)
SUNRISE, Fla. — As the game went on, Dan Girardi’s mistake became magnified. Luckily for Girardi and the New York Rangers, the defenseman redeemed himself in a big way.
After a giveaway by Girardi in the second period resulted in a goal for the Florida Panthers, Girardi tied it late in regulation to send the game to overtime.
Brad Richards then netted the lone goal in the shootout to give the Rangers a 2-1 victory on Tuesday night. In the shootout, Richards beat Tim Thomas with a wrist shot to the top left corner after Thomas stopped the first two New York attempts.
Henrik Lundqvist made a save against Brad Boyes to seal the Rangers’ victory.
Girardi scored with 2:10 left in regulation with a wrist shot from the left circle to beat Thomas after Derek Stepan found Girardi with a pass as he broke in from the blue line. The goal prevented Thomas from earning his first NHL shutout in nearly two years.