Georgiev logs 36 saves as Rangers beat Blue Jackets 3-1

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) The New York Rangers extended their winning streak to a season-high four games with more late heroics.

The Columbus Blue Jackets didn't help themselves. They gave the Rangers a late power play with a penalty for too many men on the ice. Two seconds after it ended, and with Jacob Lilja rushing out of the box, Chris Kreider ripped a shot from the slot past Elvis Merzlikins. The goal with 3:12 left broke the 1-1 tie, and Ryan Strome added an empty-netter to cap the 3-1 Rangers win.

The victory put the finishing touch on a successful road back-to-back for the Rangers, who beat Minnesota in a shootout on Thursday night. They moved within seven points of current Eastern Conference wild-card teams Columbus and Philadelphia.

''We think we made some great strides and just continue to play good hockey at a clutch time right now,'' New York coach David Quinn said. ''Obviously, last night coming back the way we did, and then tonight scoring late to win the game. We've talked about the fact that we've had to come together as a team over the last few months, and it hasn't showed more than it has the last few games.''

Pavel Buchnevich also scored for the Rangers, who have won five of the last six games and 11 of the last 16. Alexandar Georgiev had 36 saves in winning both ends of the back-to-back.

''We played really good defense,'' Georgiev said. ''It made my job easy.''

Oliver Bjorkstrand got his team-leading 19th goal and Elvis Merzlikins had 25 saves for injury ravaged Columbus, which is winless in its last four games (0-2-2) on the heels of a 10-game points streak.

''I thought it was some sluggish minutes in the first period,'' Columbus coach John Tortorella said. ''We attacked. We got pucks into the blue. We had opportunities to score. We didn't.''

New York scored off a face-off just 22 seconds into the game when Buchnevich redirected a Jacob Trouba shot from the point high past Merzlikin's glove.

''It was lucky, I think,'' Merzlikins said. ''It was kind of an easy shot from the blue line then he tipped it. It's hard to get a tip.''

After a sustained attack in the second period in which Columbus outshot New York 22-7, the Blue Jackets were rewarded with some luck. Bjorkstrand tied the game when he took a blind, backhanded swipe at a loose puck and beat Georgiev late in the second.

Columbus' Boone Jenner hit the post on a short-handed breakaway with 4:44 left before Kreider scored the winner.

''I tried to be patient and cover as much net as possible and wait for him to make a move,'' Georgiev said of the late Blue Jackets chance. ''He made a move to the side, turned out pretty good.''

NOTES: Georgiev started ahead of Igor Shesterkin, who missed his second game after tweaking an ankle. He is day to day. ... Columbus F Liam Foudy was obligated to go back to London of the Ontario Hockey League to play Friday night after playing Thursday for the NHL team. Jakob Lilja was recalled from Cleveland (AHL) to replace him. ... Blue Jackets D David Savard is the only NHL player with at least 120 blocked shots and 100 hits. ... Columbus still has nine regulars out with injuries, including G Joonas Korpisalo, D Seth Jones and forward Cam Atkinson. ... New York D Marc Staal returned after missing Thursday night's game with the flu. ... Buchnevich is the NHL's 20th player to score in the opening 22 seconds of a game this season.

UP NEXT

Rangers: Host Boston Bruins on Sunday.

Blue Jackets: At New Jersey Devils on Sunday.

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123T
NYR30-23-4
1023
CLB30-18-11
0101
STARS OF THE GAME
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
P. Buchnevich RW10150/1416:490
F. Chytil C00-133/5012:140
P. Di Giuseppe RW01010/0012:442
J. Fast RW00011/0017:070
A. Fox D01120/0023:270
B. Howden LW00001/0010:371
K. Kakko RW00-100/0011:501
C. Kreider LW11232/2019:100
B. Lemieux LW00010/0008:181
R. Lindgren D00120/0019:200
G. McKegg C00003/1007:510
A. Panarin LW01220/0020:370
B. Skjei D00000/0023:145
B. Smith RW00020/0012:443
M. Staal D00100/0013:562
R. Strome C10234/8020:540
J. Trouba D01020/0023:181
M. Zibanejad C012112/8022:161
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
E. Bemstrom RW00030/0013:310
O. Bjorkstrand RW10010/0020:240
P. Dubois C00-133/4016:030
N. Foligno LW00-151/3016:491
V. Gavrikov D00-110/0019:030
N. Gerbe LW00-140/0012:011
S. Harrington D01010/0018:020
B. Jenner C00-2512/9016:311
J. Lilja LW00-100/0010:162
S. Milano LW00010/0011:540
R. Nash C00-123/4014:090
M. Nutivaara D00040/0018:201
G. Nyquist LW01-121/0221:210
A. Peeke D00130/0016:020
E. Robinson RW00011/1211:101
D. Savard D00-100/0019:441
K. Stenlund RW00004/5017:200
Z. Werenski D00-210/0023:490
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
A. Georgiev (W)371360.97359:34
GOALIESSA
A. Georgiev (W)37
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
E. Merzlikins (L)272250.92658:35
GOALIESSA
E. Merzlikins (L)27
GOAL Ryan Strome (Empty net shot), Assists: Phillip Di Giuseppe and Artemi Panarin
NYR:GoalsShots
CLB:GoalsShots
Full Play By Play
GOALS
  • 3RD PERIOD
    • NYR
      18:49GOAL Ryan Strome (Empty net shot), Assists: Phillip Di Giuseppe and Artemi Panarin
    • NYR
      16:49GOAL Chris Kreider (Wrist shot), Assists: Mika Zibanejad and Adam Fox
  • 2ND PERIOD
    • CLB
      18:52GOAL Oliver Bjorkstrand (Backhand shot), Assists: Gustav Nyquist and Scott Harrington
  • 1ST PERIOD
    • NYR
      22.0GOAL Pavel Buchnevich (Slap shot), Assists: Jacob Trouba and Chris Kreider
PENALTIES
  • 3RD PERIOD
    • CLB
      19:21Gustav Nyquist penalty Tripping - 2 min.
    • CLB
      14:47Bench penalty Too Many Men on the Ice - 2 min., served by Jakob Lilja
  • 2ND PERIOD
    • NYR
      07:34Pavel Buchnevich penalty Unsportsmanlike Conduct - 2 min.
    • NYR
      07:34Pavel Buchnevich penalty Holding - 2 min.
  • 1ST PERIOD
    • CLB
      18:58Eric Robinson penalty Tripping - 2 min.
TEAM STATS
NYR
CLB
Shots on Goal2837
Goals in Power Play00
Faceoff Wins2625
Penalties23
Major Penalties00
Minor Penalties23
Misconducts00
TEAM STATS
NYR
Shots on Goal28
Goals in Power Play0
Faceoff Wins26
Penalties2
Major Penalties0
Minor Penalties2
Misconducts0
123T
NYR30-23-4
1023
CLB30-18-11
0101
STARS OF THE GAME
10.7 %SHOT %2.7 %
0.973 %SAVE %0.893 %
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
P. Buchnevich RW10150/1416:490
F. Chytil C00-133/5012:140
P. Di Giuseppe RW01010/0012:442
J. Fast RW00011/0017:070
A. Fox D01120/0023:270
B. Howden LW00001/0010:371
K. Kakko RW00-100/0011:501
C. Kreider LW11232/2019:100
B. Lemieux LW00010/0008:181
R. Lindgren D00120/0019:200
G. McKegg C00003/1007:510
A. Panarin LW01220/0020:370
B. Skjei D00000/0023:145
B. Smith RW00020/0012:443
M. Staal D00100/0013:562
R. Strome C10234/8020:540
J. Trouba D01020/0023:181
M. Zibanejad C012112/8022:161
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
E. Bemstrom RW00030/0013:310
O. Bjorkstrand RW10010/0020:240
P. Dubois C00-133/4016:030
N. Foligno LW00-151/3016:491
V. Gavrikov D00-110/0019:030
N. Gerbe LW00-140/0012:011
S. Harrington D01010/0018:020
B. Jenner C00-2512/9016:311
J. Lilja LW00-100/0010:162
S. Milano LW00010/0011:540
R. Nash C00-123/4014:090
M. Nutivaara D00040/0018:201
G. Nyquist LW01-121/0221:210
A. Peeke D00130/0016:020
E. Robinson RW00011/1211:101
D. Savard D00-100/0019:441
K. Stenlund RW00004/5017:200
Z. Werenski D00-210/0023:490
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
A. Georgiev (W)371360.97359:34
GOALIESSA
A. Georgiev (W)37
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
E. Merzlikins (L)272250.92658:35
GOALIESSA
E. Merzlikins (L)27
STARS OF THE GAME
123T
NYR30-23-4
1023
CLB30-18-11
0101
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
P. Buchnevich RW10150/1416:490
F. Chytil C00-133/5012:140
P. Di Giuseppe RW01010/0012:442
J. Fast RW00011/0017:070
A. Fox D01120/0023:270
B. Howden LW00001/0010:371
K. Kakko RW00-100/0011:501
C. Kreider LW11232/2019:100
B. Lemieux LW00010/0008:181
R. Lindgren D00120/0019:200
G. McKegg C00003/1007:510
A. Panarin LW01220/0020:370
B. Skjei D00000/0023:145
B. Smith RW00020/0012:443
M. Staal D00100/0013:562
R. Strome C10234/8020:540
J. Trouba D01020/0023:181
M. Zibanejad C012112/8022:161
Total3602826/254-17
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
E. Bemstrom RW00030/0013:310
O. Bjorkstrand RW10010/0020:240
P. Dubois C00-133/4016:030
N. Foligno LW00-151/3016:491
V. Gavrikov D00-110/0019:030
N. Gerbe LW00-140/0012:011
S. Harrington D01010/0018:020
B. Jenner C00-2512/9016:311
J. Lilja LW00-100/0010:162
S. Milano LW00010/0011:540
R. Nash C00-123/4014:090
M. Nutivaara D00040/0018:201
G. Nyquist LW01-121/0221:210
A. Peeke D00130/0016:020
E. Robinson RW00011/1211:101
D. Savard D00-100/0019:441
K. Stenlund RW00004/5017:200
Z. Werenski D00-210/0023:490
Total1203725/266-8
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
A. Georgiev (W)371360.97359:34
GOALIESSA
A. Georgiev (W)37
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
E. Merzlikins (L)272250.92658:35
GOALIESSA
E. Merzlikins (L)27
GOALS
  • 3RD PERIOD
  • 2ND PERIOD
  • 1ST PERIOD
PENALTIES
  • 3RD PERIOD
  • 2ND PERIOD
  • 1ST PERIOD
  • 3RD PERIOD
  • 2ND PERIOD
  • 1ST PERIOD

123T
NYR30-23-4
1023
CLB30-18-11
0101
TEAM STATS
3.47
GF AVG
3.30
GA AVG
.79
Power Play
3.15
GF AVG
2.94
GA AVG
.56
Power Play
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