NHL Game Summary - NY Rangers at Columbus|
(Thursday, November 7th)
Final Score: NY Rangers 4, Columbus 2
Columbus, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - Carl Hagelin scored a pair of goals to back
a 32-save effort from Cam Talbot as the resurgent New York Rangers posted a
4-2 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena.
Ryan Callahan and Ryan McDonagh each contributed a goal and assist to help the
Rangers climb back to .500 with their fifth win in six games.
Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 30-of-33 shots in the loss, the season-high fifth in
a row for the skidding Blue Jackets. Fedor Tyutin and Ryan Murray accounted
for the Columbus goals.
"That was embarrassing hockey tonight," Blue Jackets head coach Todd Richards
said of his team's performance. "And to me, that's losing hockey the way we
played. We got exactly what we deserved. It would have been 7-1 going into the
third period [but] our goalie was great."
The game marked the first meeting between the new Metropolitan division rivals
since the teams conducted two major trades with one another. Columbus received
forwards Brandon Dubinsky and Artem Anisimov from New York for currently
injured sniper Rick Nash in July of 2012, while the Rangers shipped star wing
Marian Gaborik to the Jackets for Derick Brassard, Derek Dorsett and John
Moore during last April's deadline.
Tyutin, another former Ranger, tied the contest at 1-1 late in the first
period, but was sent off for an elbowing penalty early in the second and New
Mats Zuccarello delivered a long drive that Callahan successfully re-directed
while stationed in front of the crease, giving the Rangers a one-goal edge at
the 4:17 mark of the session.
New York, which peppered Bobrovsky for 21 shots in the second period, went up
by a 3-1 count on Hagelin's second of the night. After forcing a turnover deep
in the Columbus zone, the speedy forward chipped the puck under Bobrovsky's
arm 7:16 prior to the final intermission.
"In the second we did a good job," said Hagelin. "First of all, they were in
the box a lot and that's why we got so many shots."
The Blue Jackets responded quickly, however, as Murray rocketed a slap shot
from the left circle that got by Talbot a mere 48 seconds after Hagelin's
Talbot stoned Dubinsky on a partial shorthanded breakaway try in the final
minute of the second period to protect the lead, and the Rangers were able to
kill off a high-sticking penalty to Marc Staal with 4:24 left to play.
"He played great again," said Staal of Talbot. "He had timely saves when we
needed them and he's been rock-solid since his first start."
McDonagh sealed the victory with 53.2 seconds to go, firing the puck down the
ice into the vacated Columbus net shortly after a Rangers' faceoff win.
Hagelin put New York up 1-0 just 4:16 in, tipping home a Callahan feed during
a 4-on-3 rush. The Blue Jackets pulled even later in the period courtesy of
Tyutin, who skillfully weaved through a couple of defenders before sending a
shot that caromed off the leg of Rangers blueliner Dan Girardi and in with
2:29 remaining in the frame.
Gaborik recorded an assist on Murray's goal ... The Rangers have now allowed
nine goals or less in nine consecutive games and improved to 5-2-0 against
Metropolitan Division foes ... Hagelin has six points (four goals, two
assists) during a four-game point streak ... New York is 7-1-0 when scoring
first this season, while the Blue Jackets fell to 2-8-0 when giving up the
initial goal ... Columbus forward Nick Foligno, whose newborn daughter has a
heart condition that will require surgery, returned to the Jackets' lineup
after missing Tuesday's game against Ottawa to be with his family.
11/07 23:06:20 ET