The Rangers got 3rd period goals from Kevin Hayes and Jimmy Vesey, and Antti Raanta made 30 saves, as the Blueshirts beat the Blue Jackets, 3-2, Monday night in Columbus. It was New York’s 6th-straight win, their longest win streak of the season. It also moved them into a mathematical 2nd-place tie with the Blue Jackets and Penguins with 75 points, though those two teams have played fewer games than the Rangers.
Columbus opened the scoring at the 8:12 mark of the 1st period when Brandon Dubinsky scored his 8th goal of the season to make it 1-0.
The Rangers tied the score just 12 seconds into the 2nd period, while trying to kill off a penalty. Dan Girardi’s slapshot beat Sergei Bobrovsky for a short-handed goal that made it 1-1.
In the 3rd period, the Rangers took their first lead of the night when Hayes stole the puck, skated in, and beat Bobrovsky to make it 2-1 at 4:49. Nick Foligno tied the game at the 11:53 mark when his shot deflected off J.T. Miller‘s skate and past Raanta to make it 2-2.
That set the stage for Vesey’s game-winning goal, 95 seconds later. His shot, from a near-impossible angle, off an assist from Derek Stepan, snuck past Bobrovsky and in, to make it 3-2.
The Rangers [now 37-18-1, 75 pts] play the Islanders in Brooklyn Thursday night.