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Rangers Fall to Blue Jackets in Columbus

Lundqvist makes 40 saves in defeat

by Matt Calamia @MattCalamia /

A sensational performance by Henrik Lundqvist wasn't enough Friday, as the Rangers dropped a 2-0 decision to the Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena in Columbus.

Lundqvist made 40 saves for the second time this season against the Blue Jackets, but Zach Werenski's goal 13:34 in the second period broke a scoreless tie and Artemi Panarin added another on the power play 7:14 into the third.

The Rangers were not without chances of their own, but Sergei Bobrovsky, the NHL's reigning Vezina Trophy winner, equaled Lundqvist's performance and stopped all 36 shots he faced.

Werenski's game-winner was the result of a semi broken play. Former Ranger Brandon Dubinsky carried the puck into New York's end and had it poked away, though it landed right on Werenski's stick for the goal.

With Pavel Buchnevich in the box for interference, Panarin's tally came off a slap shot from the slot that beat Lundqvist high to double the lead.

The special teams battle proved to be the difference, as New York was unable to convert on three power plays, and surrendered one power play goal against in three shorthanded situations.

The Rangers return home on Sunday to battle the Ottawa Senators for the first time since last spring's six-game playoff meeting.

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