They don’t award any extra points for style in the NHL.

Which is why the Rangers were pleased enough to take the two points they earned with Thursday’s 3-1 victory over the hapless Sabres and get out of town without looking back despite a profound lack of artistry on the ice.

“I don’t think the level of play was too high,” said Brad Richards, who scored an important third-period power-play goal when the Blueshirts were teetering with a 1-0 lead.

“Nights where you might not be at your best, you have to find a way to win,” Marc Staal said after the victory over a 30th-overall, 6-21-2 Buffalo team that averages a puny 1.59 goals-per-game. “It’s not always going to be pretty, but we’ll sure take it.”

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so one can excuse Henrik Lundqvist for stating he thought the Rangers played well in front of him.

The netminder wasn’t very busy over the first 35 minutes, but made a pair of stellar saves late in the second to uphold a 1-0 lead his team had gained on a gorgeous breakaway goal by Rick Nash at 17:47 of the first, and then made a pair of critical breakaway stops sandwiching the Richards’ power-play goal at 8:29 of the second, the first on a Cody Hodgson backhand and the second on a Steve Ott forehand.
“It’s a perfect scenario, for a goalie to stop a breakaway and then have your team score on the power play,” Lundqvist said. “It’s a different game if they tie it up on that first one.

“It was a pretty calm night the first half, but you have to be there when mistakes happen because they are going to happen.”

Lundqvist, who lost his shutout with 2:06 to play after his own attempted clear took a bad bounce off the glass, is 3-5 in his last eight starts and 9-11 on the season. The Rangers, 6-6 in their last 12, are 15-14 heading into Saturday’s match at the Garden against the Devils.