COLUMBUS, Ohio – Two tired teams focused on not making mistakes on Friday evening, while the few mistakes the Rangers made were covered up by a very sharp Alexandar Georgiev.
The blueshirt netminder, who started his second game in the same number of nights, was able to hold his club back to a 3-1 win over the Blue Jackets.
It gave the Rangers (30-23-4) their fourth consecutive win – their longest streak of the season and the first time they have won four consecutive times from October 30th to November 30th. 6, 2018. They came into the night and drove their first winning streak in three games since Thanksgiving, including the first two games of this road trip in Winnipeg and Minnesota. Georgiev also started 4: 3 against the wilderness on Thursday.
Georgiev was great in the first 40 minutes and did not allow John Tortorella's Blue Jackets (30-18-11), who played in Buffalo on Thursday evening, to score until late in the second half and a 1-1 draw in the third bring.
Another close phase followed. Boone Jenner came up with a shorthanded breakaway with a little over five minutes of regulation, but his shot hit the post and went out of play.
A second after the Rangers' power play ended, Chris Kreider was able to bury a quick shot from the front to give his team a 3: 11 lead and a regular play.
Ryan Strome added an empty Netter to score 3-1 and seal the win.
The blueshirts might have been a little tired when they played their third street game in four nights, but the game couldn't have started better. A point shot from Jacob Trouba was redirected by Pavel Buchnevich, who sneaked ahead 1-0 under goalkeeper Elvis Merzlikins' glove just 22 seconds after the start of the first half. It was Buchnevich's 13th goal of the season and also his 10th point in the last 10 games, including six goals.
Georgiev let that up for the next 39 minutes. But with 1:08 in the second period, Oliver Bjorkstram hit a loose puck through a jungle of legs, high and over Georgiev's shoulder, to bring a 1-1 draw to the third.