Struggles Continue As Rangers Fall to Columbus, 3-1

Artemi Panarin scored his first goal as a Blue Jacket, and Sergei Bobrovsky made 37 saves, out-dueling Henrik Lundqvist, as Columbus came-from-behind to beat the struggling Rangers, 3-1.

Lundqvist made 40 saves for the Blueshirts, who have now lost four of their first five games this season. It was New York’s first game this season against a division opponent.

The Rangers jumped out to a 1-0 lead on a Kevin Hayes goal 14:30 into the 1st period. Hayes, exiting the penalty box after serving a slashing penalty, intercepted a Seth Jones pass and beat Bobrovsky for his 1st goal of the season.

Late in the 2nd, Jones made amends, tying the score 1-1 with a goal with 46 seconds to play in the period. His shot deflected off a sliding Mika Zibanejad and past Lundqvist for the goal.

In the 3rd, Panarin, acquired from Chicago in the off-season, gave Columbus the lead, darting his way up ice, through the Rangers defense, faking his way past Kevin Shattenkirk, and beating Lundqvist with a wrist shot to Lundqvist’s glove side for the goal at 7:20 that made it 2-1.

Lukas Sedlak scored an empty net goal with :06 to play for the final 3-1 margin.

The New York power play went 0-for-4. The team has scored only 4 goals in their last 3 games, and only 11 goals all season.

It was the first game this season that Zibanejad did not score.

The Rangers [now 1-4-0, 2 pts] host the New Jersey Devils Saturday night at The Garden.