New York Rangers get outmuscled by John Tortorella's Columbus Blue Jackets, 5-2 (Highlights)
Feb 26, 2017; New York, NY, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets center William Karlsson (25) and defenseman Markus Nutivaara (65) and New York Rangers center Derek Stepan (21) battle for a loose puck during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports

Alain Vigneault‘s New York Rangers were outmuscled and outworked by John Tortorella’s Columbus Blue Jackets on Sunday at MSG.

  • New York Rangers 2 (40-20-2, 82 pts)
  • Columbus Blue Jackets 5 (39-16-5, 83 pts)
  • NHL, Metro, Final, Box Score
  • Madison Square Garden, New York, NY

Hey, at least the score wasn’t 7-0.

Shutout or not, the New York Rangers failed to pass an extremely important test on Sunday at Madison Square Garden when the Columbus Blue Jackets came to town. Actually, they were already in town as they beat up on the Islanders by that aforementioned final of 7-0 on Saturday. They simply went to Manhattan on Sunday to finish off the job.

John Tortorella’s squad outmuscled and outworked Alain Vigneault‘s club from start to finish, resulting in a 5-2 victory.

Alexander Wennberg got the party started just 1:02 into the game with his 11th of the season:

Just 3:05 later, Jimmy Vesey and Rick Nash responded to knot up the game at one:

From that moment on, Columbus dictated the terms of play. During one sequence in the second period with the score 2-1 in favor of the Jackets, Jesper Fast made a tremendous hustle play that set up Oscar Lindberg for a point-blank slot shot.

He hit the crossbar and that was the closest New York came to tying it up.

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Wennberg scored his second of the contest in the second and the Jackets tallied three straight in the third period. Fast, who deserved it more than any Rangers, picked up a cheap one with under a second remaining in regulation.

Like Wennberg, Cam Atkinson also collected two goals.

Henrik Lundqvist, though he didn’t receive much help, could only stop 21-of-26 shots. Sergei Bobrovsky came up with 28 saves.

Next up for the Rangers will be Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals in Manhattan on Tuesday night.

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