Three First Period Goals Sink Rangers
The Columbus Blue Jackets scored three goals in the first 11:10 of the first period and held on to defeat the New York Rangers 4-2 on Thursday night.
Matt Calvert, Artem Anisimov, and David Savard each scored in the first to chase Rangers' goaltender Henrik Lundqvist in favor of Cam Talbot. Ryan Johansen scored Columbus' fourth goal in the third period after the Rangers climbed back within one.
Dominic Moore and Dan Girardi scored for New York, who are a dismal 0-3-1 halfway through their season-high nine-game homestand.
The Blue Jackets used goalies Curtis McElhinney and Mike McKenna to stop 32 of 34 Rangers' shots.
Henrik Lundqvist was pulled after stopping 10 of 13 shots. "The biggest thing for me now is believing what I do and staying confident. Confidence is such an important thing in this game and right now it's not very high," Lundqvist said. "Me not coming up with saves early is hurting me and the team. You just have to work through it. But it's definitely a test for your confidence."
The Rangers will face the Calgary Flames on Sunday.