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Marcus Foligno scored twice and backup goalie Jhonas Enroth made 18 of his 32 saves in the third period of the Buffalo Sabres' 3-1 win over the New York Rangers on Tuesday night.
Enroth, who started because Ryan Miller was sidelined because of a sinus infection, earned his first victory since a 5-1 win over Washington on Nov. 26, 2011. He was 0-9-3 in 16 appearances since then.
Foligno's first goal made it 1-1 at 5:35 of the second period. His second gave the Sabres a 3-1 lead with 8:12 left in the game.
Thomas Vanek also scored for Buffalo (10-14-3), which returned home after going 0-2-2 on a season-high, four-game road trip.
Derek Stepan scored a short-handed goal for the Rangers (13-10-2), who lost for just the second time in seven games. Henrik Lundqvist made 19 saves.
Enroth made his second start in three games. He allowed two goals in a 3-2 shootout loss at New Jersey on Thursday, but was unable to finish the game after his right leg cramped in the final minutes of the third period.
Stepan gave the Rangers a 1-0 lead 4:17 into the second period, tapping in a pass from Ryan Callahan, who got to a rebound in the Buffalo zone and skated toward the side of the net before delivering the puck to Stepan.
Foligno tied it 78 seconds later, stuffing in a rebound of Christian Ehrhoff's shot that bounced off the back boards.
Vanek put the Sabres in front after taking a long pass from Jason Pominville that banked off the side boards in the neutral zone and getting behind Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi.
Foligno banged in his second of the night after Lundqvist stopped Andrej Sekera's slap shot. Foligno has three multigoal games in the NHL. Sekera had two assists for his first multipoint game since Feb. 8, 2012, against Boston.
Lundqvist made a pair of acrobatic saves on Vanek with about 8 minutes left in the first period. On the second shot, Lundqvist was on his belly when he kicked up his leg to turn away a backhander.
Enroth made four saves during the Rangers' first power play, midway through the third period, the most impressive of which was a stop on a long screened shot by Michael Del Zotto.
Buffalo, which entered the game with the worst power play in the NHL, went 0-for-5, allowed a short-handed goal, and incurred two icings during the advantages.
NOTES: Buffalo played without C Tyler Ennis, who sustained a cut on his forehead when he was checked from behind on Sunday at Philadelphia. ... Marc Staal sat out his fourth game since being struck in the eye by a puck on March 5. He is out indefinitely. ... Buffalo has allowed a league-high five short-handed goals. ... The Sabres have played on March 12 in each of the last six seasons.
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