The New York Rangers lost to the Columbus Blue Jackets, 5-2, Sunday at Madison Square Garden. >> Read more
- 1:02 CLB Alexander Wennberg; Assists: David Savard, Oliver Bjorkstrand
- 4:07 NYR Rick Nash; Assists: Jimmy Vesey, Derek Stepan
- 6:47 CLB Cam Atkinson (power play); Assists: Sam Gagner, Zach Werenski
- 9:47 CLB Wennberg; Assist: Oliver Bjorkstrand
- 4:12 CLB Cam Atkinson; Assist: Brandon Dubinsky
- 19:36 CLB Josh Anderson; Assists: Scott Hartnell, William Karlsson
- 19:59 NYR Jesper Fast; Assists: Marc Staal, Oscar Lindberg
- One thing that has been consistent lately for the Rangers is having the puck a lot in the offensive but not getting as many quality chances as their possession time should indicate. They didn't get enough to the net tonight, they missed the net with some big opportunities, Brandon Pirri on the PP, and if they did get a quality chance they were met by a very good goalie.
- They didn't defend as well in front of Henrik as they have in the past few weeks. He kept the Rangers in it down 2-1 with some big saves but the Rangers couldn't get the equalizer and Columbus took advantage of some mistakes and played a better game.
- Columbus is a tough matchup for the Rangers. They are fast, they are big, they go to the net and they have a coach who coached many of the core Rangers.
- The Rangers will certainly need to be better and sharper against Washington on Tuesday.
- This loss puts Columbus into third place and sets the Rangers up to crossover and play Montreal, or possibly Ottawa, in the first round. I'm sure the players would rather try and make a run at catching the Caps or finish in second to get home ice, but many feel that crossing over to the Atlantic will give the Rangers an easier road to the Conference Final. A matchup with the Sens would certainly put the Brassard for Zibanejad trade into the spotlight again.
The Rangers host the Washington Capitals on Tuesday at 7 p.m. ET.