NHL Game Summary - Columbus at NY Rangers|
(Thursday, December 12th)
Final Score: Columbus 4, NY Rangers 2
New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Matt Calvert, Artem Anisimov and David
Savard each had goals during a dominant first period that carried the Columbus
Blue Jackets to a 4-2 victory over the sputtering New York Rangers at Madison
Ryan Johansen added a late insurance marker and Mike McKenna stopped 17-of-18
in a strong relief effort of Curtis McElhinney to help the Blue Jackets post
their fourth win in five outings and send the Rangers to a fourth straight
loss, all have which come at the head of a franchise-record nine-game
McElhinney turned aside 15-of-16 chances before departing after the first
period due to a lower-body injury.
Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist had an early exit as well, pulled by head
coach Alain Vigneault after 11:10 of action when letting up three goals on 13
Dominic Moore and Dan Girardi each scored for New York, with Cam Talbot saving
13-of-14 shots upon taking over for Lundqvist.
"It's tough," Rangers forward Brad Richards said of his team's struggles. "It
seems like everything is going the wrong way."
The Blue Jackets dictated the action right from the get-go, scoring on their
initial shift and recording the game's first six shots while eventually racing
out to a 3-0 lead.
Calvert quickly put Columbus ahead with his team on a 3-on-2 rush, skating
past New York defenseman Anton Stralman before rifling a high riser past
Lundqvist's glove hand just 38 seconds in.
Anisimov, one of three players acquired from the Rangers in the blockbuster
trade that landed sniper Rick Nash in New York in July of 2012, made it a 2-0
game at the 8:46 mark by knocking in a Blake Comeau feed while camped out at
the right side of the Rangers' net.
Lundqvist's night was over less than 2 1/2 minutes afterward, when a long
wrist shot by Savard deflected off New York's Michael Del Zotto and found its
"The guys were geared up," Blue Jackets head coach Todd Richards remarked.
"They were focused and energized and it was a great start."
The Rangers were able to trim the deficit later in the period. McElhinney
kicked away an attempt from Richards, but Moore was perfectly positioned to
backhand the rebound into an open right side one second after a New York
power play had expired.
New York put together a sharper second period, outshooting the Blue Jackets
11-6 for the frame, but McKenna was up to the challenge and Columbus
maintained its 3-1 advantage into the third.
"He came in in a tough spot and did a great job," Richards said of McKenna.
"The guys in front of him did a great job."
Talbot was able to keep the Rangers in it with several key saves as well, and
the Blueshirts pulled within a goal when Girardi beat McKenna to the glove
side with 8:53 left to play after taking in a pinpoint pass from Mats
Zuccarello with the teams skating 4-on-4.
Johansen thwarted any comeback hopes, though, by winning a puck in the neutral
zone and starting a breakaway he finished with a shot that trickled through
Talbot's pads with just 1:32 remaining.
Nash, Columbus' all-time leader in goals, points and games played, did not
register a shot and was a minus-two in his first-ever meeting with his ex-
team. He missed the clubs' Nov. 7 matchup in Columbus recovering from a
concussion ... Three of Calvert's four goals this season have come in the last
three games ... Moore's goal was his first in the NHL since Jan. 17, 2012,
which came against Boston while with Tampa Bay. He sat out last season
following his wife's death from cancer ... Johansen's goal extended his point
streak to seven games ... Rangers center Derick Brassard missed the game after
falling on his backside during Tuesday's loss to Nashville ... New York
defenseman Dylan McIlrath, the 10th overall pick in the 2010 draft, made his
NHL debut ... The Jackets improved to 36-0-0 under Richards when leading
after two periods.
12/12 23:23:54 ET