Rangers' Alexandar Georgiev struggles in 5-3 loss to Blue Jackets

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Alexandar Georgiev sprawling kick save white uniform no opponent
Alexandar Georgiev sprawling kick save white uniform no opponent

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Boone Jenner and Sean Kuraly each had two goals and the Columbus Blue Jackets scored four straight to rally from an early deficit and beat the New York Rangers 5-3 on Thursday night, breaking a three-game losing streak.

Gus Nyquist also scored, Zach Werenski had three assists and Patrik Laine and Jenner each contributed a pair of assists for the Blue Jackets, who trailed 2-0 less than five minutes into the game.

A night after Columbus gave up a record 62 shots to Calgary in a 6-0 loss, Joonas Korpisalo stopped 33 for his fifth win.

Artemi Panarin had a goal and two assists for the Rangers against his former team. Barclay Goodrow and Mika Zibanejad also scored, and rookie defenseman Braden Schneider added two assists. Alexandar Georgiev made 14 saves in his third loss in five games.

New York dropped into a first-place tie in the Metropolitan Division with Carolina and Pittsburgh at 60 points apiece, though the Hurricanes have several games in hand on both rivals.

Panarin put the Rangers on the board at 1:29 of the first period with a shot from the slot, extending his point streak to six games.

Goodrow made it 2-0 at 4:44 with his second goal in two games when Schneider’s pass deflected in off his skate.

But the Blue Jackets responded. Nyquist cut the lead in half at 5:49, converting Laine’s feed off the rush. Jenner tied it two-all, deflecting Werenski’s shot from the blue line at 7:28 for his team-leading sixth power-play goal.

Kuraly put Columbus ahead at 6:18 of the second off a perfect pass by Max Domi from along the boards before Jenner made it 4-2 from a tricky angle to Georgiev’s left.

Jenner leads the Blue Jackets with 18 goals and 29 points.

Zibanejad pulled the Rangers within one with a power-play goal at 7:12 of the third period on a one-timer off a feed from Panarin.

Kuraly scored an empty-netter from long range at 17:46.

UP NEXT

Rangers: Host the Minnesota Wild on Friday night. The team will retire former goalie Henrik Lundqvist’s jersey in a pregame ceremony at Madison Square Garden.

Blue Jackets: Visit the Montreal Canadiens on Sunday.