CBJ
43-32-7
NYR
45-31-6
SO
39 SOG
43 SOG

Bobrovsky shines in return, Jackets beat Rangers in shootout

Rob Mixer  - BlueJackets.com | Monday, 01.06.2014 / 11:19 PM

THE RUNDOWN

How would Sergei Bobrovsky perform in his return from a groin injury? Would there be any rust on his game having not played in over a month?

Boy, did the reigning Vezina Trophy winner answer both questions emphatically tonight at Madison Square Garden.

Bobrovsky was razor sharp right from the get-go and made 15 saves in the first period to keep it a 1-1 headed into the dressing room, and the Blue Jackets did their part to create some separation in the second period. Columbus turned a 1-1 tie into a 3-1 lead after two periods thanks to a breakaway goal from Cam Atkinson (a great all-around play) and a late period tally from James Wisniewski off the rush, but as Wisniewski said post-game, the Blue Jackets knew the Rangers were preparing to make a big push.

And they started the third period with a flurry.

The Rangers were all around the Blue Jackets' net early in the final frame but Bobrovsky kept things clean through the first four minutes - then, one defensive zone breakdown let New York back in the game. Brian Boyle got lost in coverage in the slot, and he pounced on a loose puck to cut the lead to 3-2 at 4:53 of the third period.

Less than two minutes later, Rick Nash scored his second goal of the game on the power play to pull the Rangers back to all square. He sent a wrist shot from the middle point through heavy traffic and a Ryan Callahan screen, fooling Bobrovsky and tying the game at 6:55.

Full credit to the Blue Jackets after letting the two-goal lead slip away: they fought back and carried the play in the second half of the third period. They were unable to capitalize on a 1:10 power play in overtime, but two gorgeous shootout goals from Mark Letestu and Ryan Johansen (and two big saves by Bobrovsky) sealed the victory - their second in two tries at MSG this season.

PIVOTAL MOMENT

The Rangers had all the momentum after scoring twice in 2:02 to tie the game, the building was thumping...it was right there for the home team. But the Blue Jackets got their collective selves together and took the game back in the final 10 minutes, and it went a long way toward getting the desired result.

THREE STARS

1. BRANDON DUBINSKY (CBJ)

There's a strong case to be made for Bobrovsky to be up on this list, as well, but Dubinsky was excellent in all three zones for the Blue Jackets. He opened the scoring in the first period, made a great pass to Wisniewski for the 3-1 goal and was 71 percent in the face-off circle.

2. RICK NASH (NYR)

After a relatively quiet night in his first game against his former team, Nash was a star tonight and scored two big goals for the Rangers on the power play.

3. MARK LETESTU (CBJ)

Letestu played a solid two-way game for the Blue Jackets tonight, and scored a nifty goal in the shootout that stood up as the game-winner.

UP NEXT

VS. CAROLINA HURRICANES

FRIDAY, 7 P.M.

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1st2nd3rdOTsoT
CBJ ()
NYR ()
Scoring Summary
1st Period
17:07CBJ Brandon Dubinsky (8) ASST: Nathan Horton (1), James Wisniewski (20) 1 - 0 CBJ
19:07NYR PPG - Rick Nash (8) ASST: Michael Del Zotto (7), Chris Kreider (13) 1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
01:01CBJ Cam Atkinson (11) ASST: NONE 2 - 1 CBJ
16:47CBJ James Wisniewski (3) ASST: Brandon Dubinsky (20), Nick Foligno (14) 3 - 1 CBJ
3rd Period
04:53NYR Brian Boyle (3) ASST: Dominic Moore (4), John Moore (7) 3 - 2 CBJ
06:55NYR PPG - Rick Nash (9) ASST: Brad Richards (19), Ryan Callahan (8) 3 - 3 Tie
OT Period
NONE
Shootout
1NYRMats Zuccarello - Save
2CBJMark Letestu - Goal
3NYRRick Nash - Save
4CBJRyan Johansen - Goal
Shootout Summary
RNDNew York RangersColumbus Blue Jackets
1Mats Zuccarello
Mark Letestu
2Rick Nash
Ryan Johansen
Three Stars of the Game
Brandon Dubinsky
1st
Brandon Dubinsky
C
G: 1Shots: 4
A: 1Hits: 3
PTS: 2PIM: 2
+/-: 2TOI: 21:03
Rick Nash
2nd
Rick Nash
RW
G: 2Shots: 5
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 19:28
Mark Letestu
3rd
Mark Letestu
C
G: 0Shots: 1
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 0PIM: 2
+/-: 0TOI: 16:55
Penalty Summary
1st Period
04:56CBJ Blake Comeau  Slashing against  Mats Zuccarello
09:06NYR Chris Kreider  Hooking against  Artem Anisimov
17:36CBJ Mark Letestu  Tripping against  Rick Nash
2nd Period
00:21CBJ Brandon Dubinsky  Roughing against  Chris Kreider
00:21NYR Chris Kreider  Game misconduct against  Fedor Tyutin
00:21NYR Chris Kreider  Boarding against  Fedor Tyutin
06:52CBJ Corey Tropp  Roughing against  Ryan Callahan
14:27CBJ Nick Foligno  Hi-sticking against  Derek Stepan
3rd Period
06:38CBJ David Savard  Delaying Game - Puck over glass against  Ryan Callahan
17:00CBJ Corey Tropp  Tripping against  Michael Del Zotto
OT Period
03:50NYR Derek Stepan  Interference against  James Wisniewski
shots by period
PeriodCBJNYR
1st1016
2nd1015
3rd1311
OT61
Total3943
Team Stats
CategoryCBJNYR
Power Plays0/32/6
Hits2520
Faceoff Wins2733
Giveaways316
Takeaways37
Blocked Shots1117
Penalty Minutes1419
  • COLUMBUS
  • NY RANGERS
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6N. NikitinD0022021:04
7J. JohnsonD0013031:35
8N. HortonR0110018:03
12R. CraigC000105:24
13C. AtkinsonR1013011:56
14B. ComeauL0004213:14
17B. DubinskyC1124221:03
18R. UmbergerC0002016:00
19R. JohansenC0004020:02
21J. WisniewskiD1124027:54
26C. TroppR0000410:00
27R. MurrayD0005021:01
38B. JennerC000108:11
42A. AnisimovC0012020:05
51F. TyutinD000006:43
55M. LetestuC0001216:55
58D. SavardD00-10221:43
71N. FolignoL0103217:19
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
72S. Bobrovsky4043.93065:00
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5D. GirardiD00-11024:48
6A. StralmanD00-20021:32
10J. MillerC00-10013:06
16D. BrassardC00-27016:52
17J. MooreD0110011:32
18M. StaalD00-12021:18
19B. RichardsC01-16021:24
20C. KreiderL0102175:41
21D. StepanC0005219:35
22B. BoyleC1002010:43
24R. CallahanR0101018:25
27R. McDonaghD00-25027:40
28D. MooreC010009:55
36M. ZuccarelloL00-12019:16
61R. NashL2015019:28
62C. HagelinL0003018:23
67B. PouliotL00-12016:47
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
30H. Lundqvist3639.92364:30