Rangers, Georgiev, Rally to Beat Blues, 4-2

The Rangers dug themselves a 2-0 hole in the 1st period, giving up two goals in a 27-second span, but rallied to beat the St. Louis Blues, 4-2, Friday night at The Garden. Alexandar Georgiev stopped 44 of 46 shots to get the win.

St. Louis came into the game hoping to win and clinch a playoff spot. And after Vladimir Tarasenko and David Perron scored to make it 2-0 Blues, it looked like it might be a long night for the Blueshirts. A goal by Mika Zibanejad late in the 1st period was overturned, after a video review, on a goaltender interference call.

But the Rangers started to score goals that counted in the 2nd. Ryan Strome‘s goal 2:22 into the period made it 2-1, and Pavel Buchnevich continued his hot play of late, tying the game, 2-2, at the 3:42 mark, converting a nice pass from Zibanejad. It was Buchnevich’s 19th goal of the season.

In the 3rd, Jimmy Vesey scored at 5:47 to give the Blueshirts a 3-2 lead, putting the rebound of a Brett Howden shot past St. Louis goalie Jordan Binnington. The game remained 3-2 until Chris Kreider scored an empty-netter with 7.2 seconds to play, for the final 4-2 margin.

Buchnevich had a goal and an assist to lead the Rangers.

The Rangers [now 30-34-13, 73 pts] have five games remaining in the 2019-20 season. They play the Flyers in Philadelphia Sunday.

Penguins Thump Rangers, 5-2

The Rangers took a 2-0 lead in the 1st period Monday night at The Garden, but the Penguins’ offense scored five unanswered goals to beat the Blueshirts, 5-2.

Brendan Lemieux and Vinni Lettieri got the Rangers on the board early; Lemieux with his 12th goal of the season at 8:25, and Lettieri with his 1st of the season, a power play snapshot, at 15:15.

But Pittsburgh took momentum right back, as Nick Bjugstad scored 26 seconds later to make it 2-1, and that’s where they stood at the end of 20 minutes.

The 2nd period was all Pittsburgh, as the Penguins scored three times to take a 4-2 lead. Justin Schultz, Matt Cullen, and Teddy Blueger got the goals.

Blueger scored at the 7:38 mark of the 3rd period to make it 5-2 Pittsburgh. It was Blueger’s first career two-goal game.

Matt Murray made 33 saves for the win. Alexandar Georgiev stopped 31 of 36 shots.

The Rangers [now 29-33-13, 71 pts] play the Bruins Wednesday night in Boston.