The Rangers almost didn’t get to the shootout as Rick Nash nearly deposited the puck in his own goal in the final seconds of overtime.

Nash, stickhandling toward the crease, fell and Henrik Lundqvist alertly had to stick the puck aside. He jokingly agreed it was his toughest save. Even coach John Tortorella laughed at the play from the bench.

"It’d be tough to sit in here and lose that way," Lundqvist said.

Practicing more

The Rangers have heeded Tortorella’s proclamation they need to practice more. Sunday’s optional morning skate featured all players, save for injured LW Arron Asham and Lundqvist.

Tortorella said Feb. 20 the Rangers needed to practice more than he initially anticipated in this lockout-compacted season as they struggled to establish their game.

"It could be mental, it could be confidence, it could just be getting on the ice," C Brian Boyle added. "But everybody’s playing with more speed."

History lesson

The Rangers faced the Sabres for the first time since Ron Rolston replaced longtime coach Lindy Ruff on an interim basis Feb. 20.