COLUMBUS----This one sums it up: "It was a lucky goal,” said Rick Nash. “Good things happen usually when you fire it on the net."
That team-leading 15th goal of the season for Nash came from at least a foot behind the goal line to the left of Henrik Lundqvist, who stopped 20 of 23 shots, with 5:09 left in the third period and doomed the Rangers.
So did a couple other things: Being outhit, if you believe the numbers here, 47-21. Failing to get a second goal. Going 1 for 5 on the PP. Winning just 35 percent of faceoffs: Sammy Pahlsson was 18 for 21!
Nash, the elite scorer on the Jackets, came through in the clutch. Although John Tortorella said that Marian Gaboirk was "engaged", he seemed more content to pass than shoot on several occasions....Ryan Callahan had a team-leading six shots….Doesn’t seem to be any doubt that Todd White, who doesn’t seem to be able to shake off the rust when tabbed to play, will be the odd man out when Chris Drury returns. White played a non-descript 5:09….The Rangers had won five of the last six on the road….Have to think that Martin Biron will start against the Caps Sunday at the Garden….Columbus, thanks to a hot start, is 16-11-1, the best record at the opening of the season in club history.