Final Score: Columbus 4, NY Rangers 3 (SO)
New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Mark Letestu scored the winner in the
shootout as the Columbus Blue Jackets took a 4-3 win over the New York Rangers
Letestu buried a wrister past Henrik Lundqvist on Columbus' first shot and
Sergei Bobrovsky made a nice save on a backhand offering from Rick Nash. Ryan
Johansen then sealed the win as he faked to the backhand and lifted it high
Brandon Dubinsky and James Wisniewski both had a goal and an assist, while Cam
Atkinson also scored for the Blue Jackets, who have won two of three.
Bobrovsky played for the first time since straining his groin on Dec. 3
against Tampa Bay. The reigning Vezina Trophy winner, who had served as the
backup the past two games, stopped 40 shots in the win.
"They had us on our heels for a while there in the third," said Letestu. "But
we were able to rally and get a big two points against a real good team that
we're fighting for position."
Nash had two goals while Brian Boyle scored the other for the Rangers, who had
won three of four coming in. Lundqvist stopped 36 shots in the loss.
"It's a good feeling for everyone in here the way we rallied in the third and
we're able to get a point," said Lundqvist. "Of course it would have been nice
to get two, but you have to take something positive out of this."
New York trailed by a pair of goals entering the third period, but got one
back at 4:53 as John Moore threw a shot on net from the right boards. It broke
the stick of Dominic Moore in front, with Boyle picking up the loose puck and
sweeping it in to make it a 3-2 game.
Just over two minutes later, the Rangers tied the game on the power play as
Nash threw a heavy wrister on net from the high slot that made its way through
Lundqvist forced overtime thanks to 13 stops, then made six more saves in the
extra session to take the game to a shootout. Bobrovsky made 10 saves over the
final 25 minutes.
Columbus made it a 1-0 game at 17:07 of the first period, as Wisniewski kept
in a clear at the high slot and threw the puck on net, with it getting tipped
in by Dubinsky for his eighth of the year.
New York, though, tied the game with 52.8 second left in the first on the
power play as Nash's shot from the left circle beat Bobrovsky with Chris
Kreider providing a screen.
It took just 61 seconds for the Blue Jackets to take the lead back in the
second, as Atkinson caused a turnover in his own zone and went the other way,
beating Lundqvist between the pads with a low shot.
The Blue Jackets made it a 3-1 game at 16:47 of the second period, as Dubinsky
brought the puck in down the left wing and fired a blind pass the other way.
Wisniewski caught up to the puck and wristed it into the left corner for his
third of the year.
New York plays in Chicago on Wednesday ... Columbus hosts Carolina on Friday
... New York went 2-for-6 on the power play, while Columbus was 0-for-3 ...
Columbus has taken two of the three games against New York this season.
01/07 00:42:08 ET
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