BUFFALO – Finally, about seven minutes into the third period Thursday, Cody Hodgson briefly generated some excitement for the 18,088 fans inside the First Niagara Center, slickly undressing Ryan McDonagh before roaring in on a partial breakaway.
But New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist stoned Hodgson, and a second later the center tripped star Rick Nash.
Brad Richards scored on the ensuing power play, building the Rangers’ lead to 2-0.
It was one of those nights. One of the hapless Sabres’ best scoring …