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New York Rangers make mistakes en route to a 5-3 loss

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New York Rangers make mistakes en route to a 5-3 loss

By Jordan Laroche

The New York Rangers went into this game on a roll, winning four of their last five games but they looked like a different team against the Columbus Blue Jackets. After jumping out to an early two goal lead, the Blue Jackets would tie the game before the end of the first period.

Columbus played their typical hard checking, gritty game and it appeared the Rangers defense couldn’t withstand the attack. The Blue Jackets were led by captain Boone Jenner as he had two goals and one assist and was a nuisance for the Rangers defense all game. Both of Jenner’s goals came from blown coverage, scoring off a deflection, and a bad turnover.

While this was not Alexander Georgiev’s best game, he is not at for last night’s game as the team played poorly in front of him. This is definitely a concern for the Rangers as Igor Shesterkin will stop just about anything thrown at him, but this team has become too reliant on Shesterkin to steal games for them, and the team will suffer if he were to get hurt.

The Rangers were also trying some new line combinations as Julien Gauthier skated with Artemi Panarin and Ryan Strome. Gauthier plays the hard game, he spends time in front of the net and plays hard in the corners but the line looked to suffer as Gauthier turned the puck over numerous times. The Rangers have given him many chances to succeed, but the offense just hasn’t come for him with just three goals on the year he seems much better suited for a bottom-six role.

The Rangers also gave Braden Schneider his seventh NHL game and this kid continues to impress. He finished with two assists last night and was one of the more consistent Rangers defensemen last night. While he’s managed to put up three points in his seven games, he’s played well defensively as well, Schneider his partner, with Libor Hajek, were the only two Rangers defensemen who had a positive +/- last night.

The Rangers are back at it Friday night against the Minnesota Wild, a night many Ranger fans are looking forward to as Henrik Lundqvist will get his jersey retired by the New York Rangers.

Box Score:

1st Period

G: Artemi Panarin (12) A: Adam Fox (40) Ryan Lindgren (5)

G: Barclay Goodrow (9) A: Braden Schneider (1) Artemi Panarin (35)

G: Gustav Nyquist (11) A: Patrik Laine (10) Boone Jenner (12)

G: Boone Jenner (17) A: Zach Werenski (17) Oliver Bjorkstrand (16)

2nd Period

G: Sean Kuraly (7) A: Max Domi (10) Zach Werenski (18)

G: Boone Jenner (18) A: Patrik Laine (11)

3rd Period

G: Mika Zibanejad (16) A: Artemi Panarin (36) Braden Schneider (2)

G: Sean Kuraly (8) A: Zach Werenski (19)


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