Rapid Reaction: Rangers 3, Blue Jackets 2 (OT)

February, 19, 2012
2/19/12
10:31
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What it means: Well, the crowd at Madison Square Garden wasn't so welcoming toward trade target Rick Nash. The crowd taunted Nash with chants of "We don't want you!" after the 27-year-old Blue Jackets tallied the game-tying goal for Columbus late in the third period to force the game into overtime. The crowd went home happy, however, after Derek Stepan, notched the game-winner 22 seconds into overtime to give the Rangers a 3-2 win.

Nash-tracker: The prospect of landing Nash must have gotten a little more enticing to Rangers fans, as they got a good first-hand glimpse of his potential. Nash tallied the game-tying goal for Columbus, knotting the teams at 2 with 1:33 to play in his much-anticipated visit to New York. Before the game, Nash declined to comment about the prospect of playing for New York.

Controversial call: The Rangers appeared to take a 3-1 lead at the buzzer of the second-period, although defenseman Michael Del Zotto’s goal was ultimately ruled a no goal after video review. Scoreboard shots showed the puck crossing the line with 00.1 seconds left on the clock, but according to referee Don VanMassenhoven, the official game clock in Toronto was at 0.00. The announcement was, predictably, met with a massive round of boos at Madison Square Garden.

Eminger ailing: Recently-returned from a separated shoulder injury, defenseman Steve Eminger appeared to suffer an injury during the third period when Samuel Pahlsson fell on the back of his lef in a pileup near the benches. The 28-year-old blue-liner did not play the remainder of the game.

Re-claim lead: After Derick Brassard tied the game for Columbus with his slapshot from the blue line at 5:26 of the second, but Artem Anisimov reclaimed the lead later in the period. Pouncing on defenseman Dan Girardi’s point shot that took a carom off the end-boards, Anisimov tallied his 11th of the season at 13:13.

Rocket from Richards: Brad Richards tallied his first goal in five games to snap a scoreless draw late in the first. Completing a seamless give-and-go with rookie linemate Carl Hagelin, Richards one-timed the puck past Mason for a 1-0 Rangers lead with 2:11 to play in the period.

Scott Sighting: Blue Jackets General Manager Scott Howson watched Sunday’s game with assistant GM Chris MacFarland from his season in the auxiliary press box. It is unclear whether he had an in-person meeting with Rangers GM Glen Sather while in town. However, he did meet with Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke Sunday morning, Burke confirmed to ESPNNewYork.com via email.

Up Next: Rangers at Penguins, Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Katie Strang covers the NHL for ESPN.com. She is a graduate of Michigan State University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
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