Jimmy Vesey's go-ahead goal midway through the third period propelled the New York Rangers to a 3-2 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday at Nationwide Arena. >> Read more
- 8:12 COL Brandon Dubinsky; Assists: Brandon Saad, Seth Jones
- 0:12 NYR Dan Girardi (short handed); Assists: Kevin Hayes, J.T. Miller
- 4:49 NYR Hayes; Unassisted
- 11:53 COL Nick Foligno; Assist: David Savard
- 13:28 NYR Jimmy Vesey; Assists: Derek Stepan, Nick Holden
- Excellent performance from Antti Raanta tonight for the Rangers. Numerous big saves and in the third he was only beaten by a deflection from his own players skate. I wasn't sure what to expect from Raanta since it had been a while since he last played but he more than met the challenge that Columbus brought.
- This felt early on like it was going to be one of those "special teams made the difference" type of games with Columbus scoring while a PP expired and with the Rangers struggling mightily with their opportunities on the man advantage. The Rangers maybe had a slight edge on 5 on 5, Kevin Hayes converted off a turnover with an excellent move and then Jimmy Vesey broke the tie with a move of his own.
- As he has all season, Hayes continues to play a really strong game and showed tremendous instincts and hockey sense picking off that pass and then showing extreme levels of patience to beat Bobrovsky.
- Jimmy Vesey started on the fourth line, things got jumbled and he found himself back with Derek Stepan and with the game winner. He busted out of the gate and has been battling the rookie wall for weeks/months now but he looked to break through that wall with the goal he scored.
- The move up for Vesey meant a move down for Pavel Buchnevich and he found himself back on the fourth line. It's not ideal for him but it's the situation the Rangers find themselves in.
- Next up it's Brooklyn and a match up where, like always, the Rangers will have to match the intensity the Islanders will bring. It's a much bigger game for the Isles than it is for the Rangers and will be another good test for the Rangers as they battle through the Metro.
The Rangers face the New York Islanders at Barclays Center on Thursday at 7 p.m. ET.