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Sabres report: Inside shots

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Daniel Briere looked like a gunslinger who had just smoked the town hotshot on Main Street. Briere emphatically jammed the shaft of his stick at his side as if it were going into a holster after he one-timed Jaroslav Spacek's pass for a power-play goal in Sunday's 4-3 overtime triumph over the Rangers.

The goal didn't tie the game or win it, but Briere's reaction -- and Chris Drury's giddy embrace -- was indicative of how relieving it was to score on a power play. The Sabres went into the game having failed to score on their past 11 chances and one of their previous 21.

Briere's second-period goal made the score 3-2 for the Rangers. The Sabres finished the game 1-for-4 on the man-advantage, but seemed to gain significant confidence from that one success.

"Power plays changed momentum of the game," Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said. "We were pretty well dictating play. I thought we played as well defensively and through the neutral zone as we've played this year. When we finally got our power-play goal, it got us going the other way."

One night after they lost for the first time in regulation, the Sabres rallied from two goals down to defeat the Rangers, 4-3, in overtime Sunday at Madison Square Garden. Daniel Briere scored with 1:03 left in sudden death to improve the Eastern Conference-leading Sabres' record to 12-1 with one shootout loss.

Rangers winger Jaromir Jagr had one goal and two primary assists on three second-period power-play goals. The Sabres came back with goals from Briere and Jason Pominville. Goaltender Martin Biron ran his record to 3-0, all coming in an NHL-record streak for most road wins to start a season (eight).

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