The Oscar Lindberg show continued on Sunday night, as the centerman scored another goal — his fifth in three games — though the Rangers prospects were defeated by the Columbus Blue Jackets prospects, 4-2, at the Traverse City Tournament.
With the Rangers trailing 3-0 after goals from 2012 second-overall draft pick Ryan Murray, as well as Austin Madaisky and Oliver Bjorkstand, Lindberg got the Rangers on the board at 12:37 of the second period off a feed from Danny Kristo.
Lindberg, who was acquired by the Rangers in May 2011, and Kristo, who was acquired from Montreal in July, have combined for five points each in the two games, with Kristo leading the team with four assists.
While a lot of attention has been put on Lindberg and Kristo — and rightfully so — forward Josh Nicholls has had a strong tournament as well, as he picked up his second goal at 13:31 of the third period to make it 4-2.
Nicholls, who signed with the Rangers earlier this year, registered 47 goals and 85 points in 71 games with the Saskatoon Blades of the Western Hockey League.
The Rangers’ prospects continued to be a physical force, especially in the fight department, as defensemen Conor Allen and Troy Donnay had a scrap each, while forward Paxton Leroux picked up three — and a game misconduct. The 20-year-old forward has five fighting majors in the tournament’s three games.
2013 draft pick Mackenzie Skapski made his second start of the tournament in goal, making 31 saves in the loss, including on 30 of Columbus’ last 32 shots.
At 0-2-1 for the tournament, the Rangers will finish off Traverse City tomorrow against the Minnesota Wild at 3:30 PM.