NEW YORK -- Ryan Strome scored his first two goals of the season, and the New York Rangers ended a five-game losing streak, defeating the Buffalo Sabres 6-2 at Madison Square Garden on Thursday.
"Sometimes it's a game like this that can get you out of a little bit of a rut," Strome said. "Hopefully we can get going."
Tony DeAngelo and Brett Howden each had a goal and an assist, Artemi Panarin and Chris Kreider scored, and Henrik Lundqvist made 31 saves for the Rangers (3-4-1), who were 0-4-1 in their past five games.
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The Rangers credited the team meetings they held and their practice Wednesday as the reason they were able to get their first win since Oct. 5.
"I give our leaders a ton of credit, they took the bull by the horns," coach David Quinn said. "There certainly were some heated discussions [Wednesday]. They all looked in the mirror and realized what we needed to do.
"You can have all the meetings you want, you've got to apply it. I thought the practice was as good of a practice as we had in a while. There was a great mental and physical purpose to the practice. It was only for a half-hour, but I think when that practice ended they felt good. They felt good about the things we had worked on and it carried over."
Video: BUF@NYR: Panarin steals puck, slips backhander home
Marco Scandella and Vladimir Sobotka scored for the Sabres (8-2-1), who had their three-game winning streak end. Carter Hutton made 18 saves and his six-game winning streak to start the season also ended.
Scandella and Jimmy Vesey left the game in the second period. Sabres coach Ralph Krueger said they were still being evaluated postgame and for now they are listed as day to day.
"Nothing looks long-term there but they're still being appraised," Krueger said.
Panarin stole the puck from Sabres defenseman Rasmus Dahlin in the neutral zone, took it in alone through the right circle, avoided Hutton's poke check and scored his fifth goal of the season to make it 1-0 at 11:41 of the first period.
"I got the puck a little far from my body and I should just place it," said Dahlin, who finished minus-3. "I tried to make a pass but it didn't work and they scored. That's one to learn from for me."
The Rangers felt they gained energy from Panarin's goal. They allowed the first goal in their previous three games.
"Where we were at mentally it was a big deal to get the first goal," Quinn said.
Another Sabres turnover led to Howden's goal from the slot that made it 2-0 at 14:32.
Strome, who had 18 goals in 63 games with the Rangers last season, scored his first on a tip of Brady Skjei's shot from the left point at 19:22 to make it 3-0. It was his 200th career NHL point.
"We put ourselves in the hole for sure with the puck management, or lack of," Krueger said.
Scandella cut it to 3-1 at 4:17 of the second period, scoring with a shot from the top of the left circle off a defensive-zone turnover by Kaapo Kakko.
DeAngelo scored his third goal in the past two games at 13:20 to give the Rangers a 4-1 lead before Sobotka made it 4-2 at 19:11.
Video: BUF@NYR: DeAngelo hammers Buchnevich's feed home
Strome scored off a 2-on-1 rush with Howden to extend the lead to 5-2 at 7:57 of the third. Kreider scored with 1:16 remaining to make it 6-2.
"You can look at the goals, the nice plays, but I think it was the little things," Strome said. "We worked hard for each other. It's the things that the coaches have been preaching and we did it. It'll be nice to do video next practice with some good clips instead of some bad ones."
Video: BUF@NYR: Strome buries one-timer for second goal
They said it
"The growth process doesn't change depending on the score of a game. We are still making mistakes. We made mistakes in past games and we were able to find ways to win. Today, we just couldn't recover from the hole that we dug ourselves into. This is not a big problem." -- Sabres coach Ralph Krueger
"I thought tonight right from the drop of the puck everybody was ready to go. We were all on our toes. There was lots of energy on the bench, on the ice. Lots of communication. Everybody was really helping each other out. It felt like a really good team win." -- Rangers forward Brett Howden
Video: BUF@NYR: Howden jams puck home at the doorstep
Need to know
Lundqvist got his 451st NHL win. He is three away from tying Curtis Joseph for fifth all-time. He also appeared in his 862nd game with the Rangers, moving past Hall of Famer Jean Ratelle for sixth on their all-time list. … Rangers rookie defenseman Adam Fox got an assist on Kreider's goal for his first NHL point.
Sabres: At the Detroit Red Wings on Friday (7:30 p.m. ET; FS-D, MSG-B, NHL.TV)
Rangers: Host the Boston Bruins on Sunday (7 p.m. ET; NHLN, MSG, NESN, NHL.TV)
Video: Strome's two goals leads Rangers past Sabres, 6-2