A 3-0 hole was too much for the Buffalo Sabres to overcome Tuesday night against the New York Rangers.  The Sabres made a game of it but fell to the Rangers for the ninth straight time 4-2.

Robin Lehner, supposedly the Sabres top goaltender, gave up three goals before he was pulled in favor of Chad Johnson six minutes into the second period.  Lehner looked especially weak on the second Rangers goal.  Johnson stoned the Rangers the rest of the way until the Rangers clinched it into an empty net with a minute to play.

After Lehner was sent to the bench the Sabres had the better of the play and dominated the third period by outshooting the Rangers 19 to 4, but just couldn't find the net to tie the game.  Sam Reinhart scored the first Buffalo goal, his 19th of the season and Johan Larsson brought the Sabres to within one of the Rangers with his sixth goal of the season but they couldn't solve goaltender Antti Raanta the rest of the way.

The Sabres are on the road in Montreal on Thursday.