The New York Rangers extended their point streak to six games with a 5-4 shootout victory against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena on Saturday.
Jimmy Vesey had the deciding goal in the bottom of the fifth round for the Rangers (8-7-2), who are 5-0-1 in the past six games. Alexandar Georgiev made 34 saves, and stopped three of five shots in the shootout.
Vesey and Pavel Buchnevich each had a goal and assist, Mika Zibanejad and Chris Kreider scored, and Kevin Hayes had two assists for the Rangers.
Pierre-Luc Dubois had a goal and an assist, Cam Atkinson, Nick Foligno and Alexander Wennberg scored, Seth Jones three assists and Joonas Korpisalo made 15 saves for the Blue Jackets (9-6-2), who are 2-0-2 in the past four games.
The Rangers took a 1-0 lead on Mika Zibanejad’s seventh goal of the season at 5:54 of the first period off the rush to complete a 2-on-1.
Atkinson’s power-play goal tied it 1-1 at 19:26.
Buchnevich scored off another odd-man rush for a 2-1 lead at 6:57 of the second.
Kreider made it 3-1 at 8:30 on a tight tic-tac-toe play from Tony DeAngelo to Kevin Hayes to Kreider for his eighth goal on the tap-in.
Dubois’ seventh made it 3-2 at 11:49 with a tip of a shot by Jones.
Foligno tied it 3-3 at 12:21 on a backhand move at the crease from a Boone Jenner pass.
Wennberg’s first of the season came shorthanded at 16:03 to put the Blue Jackets ahead 4-3.
Vesey tied it 4-4 at 19:07 when he picked the puck from the skates of defenseman David Savard for his eighth goal.