COLUMBUS, Ohio - In the aftermath of a dramatic comeback Friday night, Rangers coach Alain Vigneault certainly was pleased by the response in the waning moments of the third period when the Blueshirts scored three times in 1 minute, 17 seconds for an unlikely 4-2 triumph.
It was the first time that the Rangers have won their first two regular-season games since 2008-09.
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But he was concerned about having just 25 shots on goal and his players "not wanting to shoot the puck as much as I would want, especially on the rush," he said. "There were a couple instances where we had great opportunities to get it on net, and we wanted that extra pass and [Kevin Hayes' bad-angle goal] was a great example of 'sometimes you've just got to throw it on net.' And it ended up being the winning goal."
It was Vigneault's 100th win behind the Rangers bench. He reached the mark faster than any coach in franchise history.
Lindberg starts well
In two games, rookie center Oscar Lindberg has two goals, including the tying score Friday night from the right circle. "I was trying to shoot as fast as I could," said Lindberg, 23. "We had to fight for every inch of the ice."
Said Henrik Lundqvist: "He's been around here in camps the last couple years, you notice how smart he is with the puck. But this year, I feel like the way he can shoot the puck, the way he can read a goalie, he's really good in front of the net. I think that line [with J.T. Miller and Viktor Stalberg] has been really good."
Penalty kill is fine
The penalty kill was 4-for-4 before Brandon Saad's goal to provide the short-lived 2-1 lead for the Blue Jackets in the third. "We lost the lane a little bit and they had a great screen in front of [Lundqvist]," Vigneault said.
Lundqvist to start again
Lundqvist, who has allowed just four goals in two games, will make his third consecutive start in the team's home opener against Columbus on Saturday and the first match at Madison Square Garden that counts since the Game 7 elimination loss to Tampa last season.
"It's always important to play well at home. You gain a lot of confidence playing in front of your own fans," Lundqvist said. "You want that to be a building where you feel confident, and the only way to feel confident is to win, so you want to establish that."
Nothing official, but goalie Antti Raanta, acquired from Chicago for Ryan Haggerty, is expected to make his Rangers debut against the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday at home.
Dubinsky plays well
Former Ranger Brandon Dubinsky, sent to the Blue Jackets in the trade for Rick Nash in July 2012, had a terrific game. He played a team-leading 21:05 and had a diving assist on Cam Atkinson's goal. In all, he had four shots, three takeaways, two blocked shots and 15 faceoff wins in 29 chances. He also took a moment to look ahead: "I still have a few friends over there," he said, "but the team has changed a lot. It's always special going back to Madison Square Garden, such a special place, the rink, the fans and stuff, but we need to find a way to get points."
Tanner Glass' swollen right ankle is almost healed and he said he will be available to play Saturday if called upon. Glass was scratched for the second straight game, along with healthy Emerson Etem and Dylan McIlrath . . . Rangers captain Ryan McDonagh, fired up and physical all night and awarded the third star by Columbus media, was a plus-four, with three shots and two blocked shots in 21:15 of ice time . . . Friday's game was the first of 17 back-to-back sets this year. The Rangers are 11-8-1-1 all-time against Columbus -- 5-2-1-1 at home and 6-6-0-0 away.