New York Rangers Drop Second Straight, Lose To Columbus 3-1 (Highlights)
TORONTO, ON - OCTOBER 7: Henrik Lundqvist #30 of the New York Rangers gets set to face a shot against the Toronto Maple Leafs in an NHL game at the Air Canada Centre on October 7, 2017 in Toronto, Ontario. The Maple Leafs defeated the Rangers 8-5. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

The losing for the New York Rangers continues as they lose 3-1 to the Columbus Blue Jackets, dropping their record to 1-4 on the season.

Once again the Rangers came out flat to start a game. Once again the opponent scored early in the game, this time just 27 seconds into the contest. Once again the Rangers were saved by video review as the opening goal by Matt Calvert was overturned due to goalie interference.

Kevin Hayes scored his first goal of the year, coming out of the penalty box, breaking in on Blue Jackets goalie Sergi Bobrovsky and beating him to the glove side.

The Rangers held the 1-0 lead until 19:14 of the second period. A deflected shot crossed up Henrik Lundqvist and Seth Jones had his first goal of the year. The teams played some interesting back and forth hockey, but Columbus found a way to even things up.

The third period was the worst of the game for the Rangers, who seemed to forget this one counted. Columbus had the first 13 shots on goal in the period and finished it with twice as many shots as the Rangers (18-to-9). Artemi Parnarin scored the game-winner at 7:25 of the third period as he skated between four Rangers to score the goal.

Lukas Sedlak scored an empty-net goal with six seconds left. The Rangers wasted a great game by the King in goal tonight.

The Rangers are back at it tomorrow when they take on the undefeated New Jersey Devils at Madison Square Garden. Ondrej Pavelec is expected to make his first start of the year.

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