NHL: New York Rangers 3, Buffalo 1

Dec. 12, 2003 at 10:51 PM

BUFFALO, N.Y., Dec. 12 (UPI) -- Jussi Markkanen stopped 19 shots and Anson Carter scored for the fourth time in five games Friday night as the New York Rangers won over Buffalo, 3-1.

The Sabres have lost four in a row.

Markkanen faced Buffalo for the first time last season with the Edmonton Oilers and recorded a shutout. He was nearly as good in the rematch en route to winning for the fourth time in five starts.

The Sabres did not provide much of a challenge as they were outshot, 34-20, managing only 10 shots in the first two periods combined.

Carter gave the Rangers the lead for good at 2-1 with 10 seconds left in the second. After Buffalo's Chris Taylor failed to clear the puck, Carter recovered on the left of the crease and put a wrister into an open net.

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