- Matt Ehalt, ESPN New York contributor
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Despite Nash tallying two goals against his former team, the Rangers fell 4-3 to the Columbus Blue Jackets in the shootout Monday night at Madison Square Garden.
The Rangers are now 8-10-3 at home on the season. Nash was stifled on his attempt in the shootout, but Columbus cashed in on both its shots.
TRADING GOALS AND PLACES: Nash and Columbus' Brandon Dubinsky were involved in the blockbuster trade in 2012 between the two teams, and they combined for three goals and one assist in Monday's game. Dubinsky scored the game's first goal and assisted on Columbus' third score, while Nash had the Rangers' first and third goals. The pair of goals marked Nash's eighth and ninth goals of the season. He was stuffed, however, in the shootout while attempting to even matters.
EJECTED: Rangers center Chris Kreider earned a five-minute major penalty for boarding and a game misconduct that resulted in his ejection after he hit Columbus' Fedor Tyutin into the boards 21 seconds into the second period. It appeared Kreider tried to pull up but just couldn't stop in time. Tyutin did not get up immediately, but eventually returned. Dubinsky threw some punches at Kreider after the hit, although they didn't brawl. Kreider's penalty comes just one game after he fought for the first time in his career in Saturday's 7-1 win over Toronto. Columbus scored 40 seconds after the penalty in a 4-on-4 to go ahead 2-1.
POWER-PLAY SUCCESS: The Rangers continued their success on the power play, converting on two against the Blue Jackets, both times evening the game. With New York trailing 1-0, Nash rifled a shot into the upper corner past Sergei Bobrovsky to knot it up with with 53 seconds left in the first. In the third, with the Rangers down 3-2, Nash once again beat Bobrovsky. The Rangers entered Monday's game ranked ninth in NHL on the power play, converting at 20.1 percent.
UP NEXT: The Rangers head to Chicago to face the defending champs Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET.