NHL Game Summary - Columbus at NY Rangers
(Monday, November 23rd)
Final Score: NY Rangers 7, Columbus 4
New York, NY (Sports Network) - Sean Avery scored twice during a three-goal surge in the second period, as the New York Rangers defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets, 7-4, at Madison Square Garden.
Marian Gaborik also netted two goals and had a pair of assists for the Rangers, who halted a two-game skid. Michael Del Zotto, Artem Anisimov and Matt Gilroy also scored in the victory. Henrik Lundqvist registered 26 saves.
"Over the last few games, I've tried to pick up my game up a bit," said Avery. "The biggest thing for us was coming back from a deficit and getting the win."
Derek MacKenzie, Jared Boll, Kristian Huselius and Jakub Voracek scored for Columbus, which failed to record at least one point for only the second time in November (6-2-2). Netminder Steve Mason started for the Blue Jackets, but was pulled in the second period after he permitted four goals on 18 shots. Mathieu Garon allowed three goals on 15 attempts in relief.
After the Blue Jackets took a 2-0 lead midway through the first period, Rangers coach John Tortorella immediately called a timeout. Whatever was said during the break in the action paid major dividends, as the Rangers went on to score seven straight goals -- three of which occurred during the remainder of the opening stanza -- and made the contest a blowout.
Strong cycling puck control in the New York offensive zone led to the first Rangers' goal. A pass from the side of the net near the left post led to a stuffer one-timer off the stick of Gaborik at the 11:29 mark.
Just over two minutes later, at 13:37, the contest was tied when a slap shot from the left point by Wade Redden was deflected into the back of the cage by Anisimov.
"The momentum changed after New York scored that second goal," said Columbus head coach Ken Hitchcock. "We made mistakes -- we were light on the puck, our top players weren't very good. (When that happens), we're not going to win."
With 2:41 remaining before the first intermission, an unassisted tally by Del Zotto put the Rangers in front.
But it was a 71-second stretch of action in the second period that broke the game open. A great outlet pass by Avery sent P.A. Parenteauin on a clear breakaway, but he failed to get a shot off. Avery, though, followed the play and he stuffed the disc into the corner of the net at the left post after he circled behind the net at 6:12. The play was reviewed to determine if the puck had actually crossed the goal line, and the original ruling of a goal stood.
That spelled the end of Mason's night, but Garon was greeted the same way in which Mason was chased from the ice.
Less than a minute after his third goal of the season, Avery struck again, this time during a 2-on-1. He accepted a cross-ice pass from Gaborik and sent a one-timer flying past Garon from the right circle at the 7:03 mark.
Gaborik then struck 20 seconds later. The clearly flustered visitors turned the puck over in their own zone after the ensuing faceoff, and Chris Higgins fed Gaborik, who was all alone in front and his wrister from below the left circle made it 6-2.
"We kept our heads up," said Gaborik. "(To win this way) is a big boost of confidence of the entire team."
Gilroy's third goal of 2009-10 gave the Blueshirts a four-goal lead at 12;47 of the second before Columbus finally stopped the bleeding via Huselius' ninth goal with 1:12 to go in the middle session.
The lone goal of the final stanza was scored by Voracek on a rebound at the left post.
The Blue Jackets scored twice within before the midpoint of the first period for a two-goal lead.
First, at 5:38, MacKenzie opened the scoring. Raffi Torres held the puck behind the net and skated out toward the left side before his quick pass into the crease area, where MacKenzie punched it home from below the left circle.
The next Columbus goal was scored in somewhat similar fashion, as the play again originated from behind the net by Torres. He held control behind the net and, from along the rear boards, sent a crisp pass that found the stick of Boll, whose snap shot from along the inner rim of the right circle lit the lamp at the 9:31 mark.
The Rangers improved to 6-6-0 at home this season, while the Blue Jackets are now 6-5-1 on the road in 2009-10...Gaborik has recorded a point in seven straight games and has totaled seven goals and six assists over that span...Boll also had two fighting majors...The Rangers were 1-for-4 on the power play, while the Jackets were scoreless on their only chance with the extra skater.
11/24 01:14:30 ET