Rangers-Blue Jackets: New York Explodes for Seven, Defeats Columbus, 7-4

November 23rd, 2009 by Frank Castaldi Leave a reply »
Sometimes all you need is a little timeout.

That's all it took for the New York Rangers to get the message sent by coach John Tortorella Monday night.

Down 2-0 to Columbus early in the first period, Tortorella quickly called a timeout in an attempt to have his team relax and regain composure.

Whatever he said made a world of difference, as the Rangers—who looked flat-footed in the defensive end—answered with three straight goals to end the first period.

The scoring onslaught continued in the second period as the Rangers poured on four more goals, jumping out to a 7-2 lead.

Marian Gaborik, as usual, started the scoring for the Rangers, scoring his 17th goal of the season, off a behind-the-net-pass from Vinny Prospal.

Gaborik added another goal in the second period, tying him with Dany Heatley for the league lead. Gaborik also added two assists, landing him with the No. 1 star of the game.

Artem Anisimov tied the game at two, scoring his fifth goal of the season off a deflection by Wade Redden.

Anisimov's goal was the first by a Ranger other than Gaborik or Prospal in over 211 minutes ...

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