BY: Brett Cyrgalis

There was no need for the Rangers to say they were tired just over two days removed from a nine-day, four-game road trip. It was obvious.

Also obvious was the fact Henrik Lundqvist remains their best player, the franchise goalie being the one piece that gives this rebuilding team — ahem, just “building,” in the parlance of first-year coach David Quinn — a chance to win every night.

With 39 saves, Lundqvist backstopped the Blueshirts to a 3-1 victory over the Sabres on Sunday night at the Garden, notching their third win in a row following two victories to finish their California swing. It also helped that they scored two goals in a matter of 19 seconds to open the second period, which was the totality of their offense (eventually supplemented by an empty-net goal).


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