Artemi Panarin scored 7:25 into the third period to break a tie as Columbus defeated the Rangers 3-1 Friday in Ohio as the Blueshirts dropped to 1-4 on the young season. Read more
- 14:15 NYR Kevin Hayes
- 19:14 CBJ Seth Jones Assists: Zach Werenski, Alexander Wennberg
- 7:25 CBJ Artemi Panarin Assists: Seth Jones, Zach Werenski
- 19:54 CBJ Lukas Sedlak (ENG) Assists: Ryan Murray
- This game seemed to be the reverse of how the Rangers have played lately. The Rangers were good to really good at times in the first period, despite another early goal against that was disallowed, but as the game went on the Rangers were the second best team and were severely outplayed in the third period.
- Henrik Lundqvist was outstanding tonight and for a while it looked like he might have to win this game 1-0 for the Rangers. A bad bounce off of Mika Zibanejad and then an all-world rush, with streaky defense, put Columbus ahead.
- Bobrovsky was just as good for Columbus and stopped some quality chances from the Rangers, but this team needs to find the back of the net. Too many players are looking good with the puck and making moves and making plays in the offensive zone but no one is finishing and the Rangers can't win if no one puts the puck in the net.
- We will see Tony DeAngelo tomorrow against the Devils. It was likely to happen but the loss should seal that. I'd imagine that Shattenkirk and McDonagh are back together tomorrow and DeAngelo will be with Staal.
- Brendan Smith had a nice return to the lineup and Hayes, Chris Kreider and David Desharnais seemed to have their most noticeable games with the puck. Mika Zibanejad had his first tough game of the year and it will be interesting to see how he responds tomorrow and into next week.
- So now it's 1-4, 2 goals or fewer in four of the Rangers five games and another frustrating loss. Outside of the third period, where again, they were badly outplayed, the Rangers at points tonight started to resemble the fast, quick puck moving team they want to be. They get the opportunity to bounce back tomorrow against the Devils and while it's not a must win game, heading into the third week of the season at 1-5 won't be much fun for anyone.
What's next: The Rangers host the rival New Jersey Devils Saturday night at 7 p.m.