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Blue Jackets 4, Rangers 3 (SO)

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NEW YORK -- Goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky made 40 saves in regulation and overtime, then stopped both shots he faced in a shootout as the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the New York Rangers 4-3 Monday night at Madison Square Garden.

Right winger Cam Atkinson and center Ryan Johanssen scored in the shootout for Columbus.

The Blue Jackets (19-20-4) got goals in regulation from center Brandon Dubinsky, Atkinson and defenseman James Wisniewski.

Left winger Rick Nash scored twice and center Brian Boyle added a goal for New York (21-20-3). Henrik Lundqvist made 36 saves for the Rangers.

After New York entered the third period trailing 3-1, Boyle and Nash scored goals in a span of 2:02 to tie the game.

Prior to that, both teams experienced momentum swings.

The Rangers opened the game attacking and were the better team in the first period, even though the score at intermission was 1-1. Dubinsky opened the scoring at 17:07 by poking a Wisniewski rebound under Lundqvist. Nash tied the game exactly two minutes later,

Columbus took control in the second, aided by a boarding call and game misconduct on Chris Kreider. The Rangers left winger shouldered Blue Jackets defenseman Fedor Tyutin into the half-wall 21 seconds into the period. Tyutin was limited to one, 12-second shift after the hit.

Columbus surged after the ejection. Atkinson gave the Blue Jackets a 2-1 lead 1:01 into the period when he beat Lundqvist on a breakaway for his 11th of the season. Wisniewski pushed the advantage to 3-1 at 16:47 when he beat the New York goaltender top shelf.

NOTES: Monday night's game marked the third time the newly minted Metropolitan Division rivals met. The Rangers and Blue Jackets will meet once more, March 21 at the Nationwide Arena. ... The Rangers kept the same lineup as the one that authored a 7-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night. "We have to start getting some traction at home," LW Ryan Callahan said after the team's morning skate at its Westchester, N.Y., training facility. ... Columbus' scratches were D Dalton Prout (upper-body injury) and C Derek MacKenzie (suspended). ... The Rangers scratched LW Daniel Carcillo and D Justin Falk.
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