The Rangers and Henrik Lundqvist came into Monday’s Winter Classic unbeaten in outdoor games — and despite below freezing temperatures and a gritty performance by the last-place Buffalo Sabres, the Rangers prevailed again.
The temperature was 20.5 degrees at Citi Field for the opening face-off at 1:27 p.m. with Lundqvist bathed in sunlight in front of a sellout crowd of 41,821. J.T. Miller scored in overtime a little after 4 p.m. to give the Rangers a 3-2 win as the freeze deepened.
“You don’t play that many times outside — so obviously every game means a lot to you, you want to make the most of it,” said Lundqvist, now a perfect 4-0-0 in outdoor games. “You want to make sure you can be able to sit down in a week or this summer or look back at this as a great memory. So you need to win. And we did.”
Paul Carey and Michael Grabner scored first-period goals, and Lundqvist made 31 saves.