Monday, July 16, 2018
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Rangers edge to sixth straight win

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Jimmy Vesey scored the go-ahead goal in the third period, and Antti Raanta stopped 29 shots as the Rangers beat the Blue Jackets 3-2 on Monday night.

Dan Girardi and Kevin Hayes also scored for the Rangers, who won their sixth straight and moved into a three-way tie for second place with Columbus and Pittsburgh in the tough Metropolitan Division.

Raanta made two big saves in the final 23 seconds after the Blue Jackets pulled the goalie for a sixth skater and were swarming.

Brandon Dubinsky and Nick Foligno scored for Columbus, and Sergei Bobrovsky finished with 20 saves.

Hayes put the Rangers up 2-1 after stripping the puck from David Savard and on a breakaway 4:49 into the third period.

Foligno tied it again with 8:07 left in regulation.

Vesey then got the game-winner less than two minutes later with a wrister from the bottom of the right circle.

Columbus got on the board 8:12 into the game, just as New York's Pavel Buchnevich was leaving the penalty box. Brandon Saad caught up with a rebound off the back board and shoveled it out to Dubinsky, who beat Raanta from 14 feet out.

The Rangers tied it with a short-handed goal from Girardi 12 seconds into the second period. Girardi fired a wrist shot past Bobrovsky from the top of the right circle.

Raanta started in place of Henrik Lundqvist, who had gotten his 400th NHL win on Saturday.

Before the game, the Columbus Dispatch reported that players requested a meeting to ask coach John Tortorella to be more constructive in his criticism. Tortorella and Foligno said the report was "blown out of proportion."

AROUND THE LEAGUE: Bob Miller, the Hall of Fame television play-by-play announcer for the Kings, will miss another seven games while he continues recuperating from a mild stroke he suffered last month, the Kings said. The team said Miller, 78, "remains in great spirits." Miller, recuperating at home, will provide another update on his return near the end of the month. … Penguins forward Bryan Rust's upper-body injury may be worse than initially feared. Coach Mike Sullivan classified Rust's injury as "longer term." Rust was hurt Thursday crashing into the net. Sullivan said the team is hopeful the injury isn't season ending but he is reluctant to put a specific time frame on it. Rust has 12 goals and 13 assists in 50 games. In other Penguins news, center Evgeni Malkin skated with his teammates on Monday and is a game-time decision for tonight's visit by Vancouver. Malkin has missed seven straight games with a lower-body injury.

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