Georgiev terrific as Rangers hold on for 3-2 win over Columbus

First Period:

  • Cam Atkinson (5) ASST: Nick Foligno (9)
  • Brendan Lemieux (5) ASST: Mika Zibanejad (10), Kaapo Kakko (6)

Second Period:

  • PPG – Jacob Trouba (4) ASST: Adam Fox (10), Ryan Strome (18)
  • Artemi Panarin (13) ASST: Tony DeAngelo (13), Brett Howden (5)

Third Period:





  • Seth Jones (4) ASST: Dean Kukan (3)

Libor Hajek only played 4:49 and did not play in the second or third period after a collision in the first period.


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Adam Rotter:

  • This was one of the best performances of Alex Georgiev’s career. Columbus pressured and had the puck for most of the first and almost all of the third but he never wavered. He made at least three out of this world saves but overall he looked calm, confident and well positioned in net. He’s the reason why the Rangers get to leave Columbus with two points.
  • Brendan Lemieux tied it late in the first and the Rangers seemed to carry that over into the second, their only good period. They were able to get two in the second and, because of Georgiev, that was all they needed.
  • Again, most of this falls to Georgiev and how good he was, but the Rangers had crucial penalty kills in the third and were able to keep Columbus off the board.
  • Libor Hajek was likely going to be the player that came out, at least temporarily, when Marc Staal was ready to return but the injury he suffered tonight might make it happen anyway. If Staal isn’t ready to go yet, Brendan Smith may get put back on defense for a game with Haley or McKegg coming back in.
  • So this is a win, and a win is a win, but this was not the performance the Rangers were looking for as a team. They were opportunistic, got a PP goal and the PK came up big, but at 5 on 5 the Rangers were the second best team on the ice for long, long stretches. Hopefully they play the bounce back game they were looking for tonight when they host the struggling Habs at MSG tomorrow.