Blue Jackets Thump Rangers, 7-5

Five goals should be enough to win most hockey games. In fact, it would’ve been enough to win about 35 games so far this season.

Sunday night in Columbus was not most hockey games.

The Blue Jackets scored early and often, beating the Rangers, 7-5, Sunday night, despite two goals from Mats Zuccarello. Columbus outshot the Blueshirts, 40-27.

After digging a 6-3 hole in the first minutes of the 3rd period, the Rangers got goals from Zuccarello and Jimmy Vesey to narrow the gap to 6-5 with 3:12 to play. But Nick Foligno’s goal at the 18:14 gave Columbus their winning margin. It was Foligno’s 2nd goal of the game.

Ryan Strome (his 7th) and Chris Kreider (his 21st) scored the other New York goals. Artemi Panarin, Anthony Duclair, Cam Atkinson, Lucas Sedlak, and David Savard had the other Blue Jacket goals.

The Rangers [now 18-20-7, 43 pts] host the Carolina Panthers Tuesday night at The Garden.