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Bobrovsky shines in return, Jackets beat Rangers in shootout

Monday, 01.06.2014 / 11:19 PM

Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com

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Bobrovsky shines in return, Jackets beat Rangers in shootout
Columbus Blue Jackets 4, New York Rangers 3
Three Stars of the Game
Brandon Dubinsky
1st
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
G: 0Shots: 1
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 0PIM: 2
+/-: 0TOI: 16:55

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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scoring summary
1st Period
17:07
CBJ
Brandon Dubinsky (8) Tip-in - ASST: Nathan Horton (1), James Wisniewski (20)
1 - 0 CBJ
19:07
NYR
PPG - Rick Nash (8) Snap shot - ASST: Michael Del Zotto (7), Chris Kreider (13)
1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
01:01
CBJ
Cam Atkinson (11) Wrist shot - ASST: NONE
2 - 1 CBJ
16:47
CBJ
James Wisniewski (3) Snap shot - ASST: Brandon Dubinsky (20), Nick Foligno (14)
3 - 1 CBJ
3rd Period
04:53
NYR
Brian Boyle (3) Wrist shot - ASST: Dominic Moore (4), John Moore (7)
3 - 2 CBJ
06:55
NYR
PPG - Rick Nash (9) Snap shot - ASST: Brad Richards (19), Ryan Callahan (8)
3 - 3 Tie
OT Period
NONE
Shootout
RNDNYRCBJTOTAL
1M. Zuccarello
M. Letestu
0 - 1
2R. Nash
R. Johansen
0 - 2
penalty summary
1st Period
04:56
CBJ
Blake Comeau  Slashing against  Mats Zuccarello
09:06
NYR
Chris Kreider  Hooking against  Artem Anisimov
17:36
CBJ
Mark Letestu  Tripping against  Rick Nash
2nd Period
00:21
CBJ
Brandon Dubinsky  Roughing against  Chris Kreider
00:21
NYR
Chris Kreider  Game misconduct against  Fedor Tyutin
00:21
NYR
Chris Kreider  Boarding (maj) against  Fedor Tyutin
06:52
CBJ
Corey Tropp  Roughing against  Ryan Callahan
14:27
CBJ
Nick Foligno  Hi-sticking against  Derek Stepan
3rd Period
06:38
CBJ
David Savard  Delaying Game-Puck over glass against  Ryan Callahan
17:00
CBJ
Corey Tropp  Tripping against  Michael Del Zotto
OT Period
03:50
NYR
Derek Stepan  Interference against  James Wisniewski
goalie stats
Sergei Bobrovsky
SA: 43TOI: 65:00
Saves: 40EV: 32 - 33
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 10
SV%: .930SH: 0 - 0
Henrik Lundqvist
Henrik Lundqvist
12-16-3
SA: 39TOI: 64:30
Saves: 36EV: 28 - 31
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 5
SV%: .923SH: 3 - 3
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