COLUMBUS, Ohio — Derick Brassard and Derek Stepan scored third-period goals, and Henrik Lundqvist made 25 saves to lead the New York Rangers to a 3-1 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday night.
It was the first game back in Columbus for Rangers star Rick Nash, the Blue Jackets’ franchise leader in goals, assists and games. He was given a standing ovation during a video tribute in the first period, but was booed loud and long after a second-period, two-handed shove up high on Columbus goalie Sergei Bobrovsky.
Carl Hagelin added an empty-net goal, and defenseman Anton Stralman had two assists for the Rangers, who slipped past the Blue Jackets in the tight Metropolitan Division and Eastern Conference playoff race.
BLACKHAWKS 3, HURRICANES 2: Jonathan Toews’ short-handed breakaway goal early in the third period snapped a tie, and host Chicago beat Carolina.
Patrick Sharp scored his team-leading 30th goal to help the Blackhawks win without leading scorer Patrick Kane, who was placed on long-term injured reserve after sustaining a lower-body injury Wednesday.