- Matt Ehalt, ESPN New York contributor
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NEW YORK -- Henrik Lundqvist stopped 36 shots on the night, including six in overtime, but lamented that he couldn't come up with more saves in Monday's 4-3 loss in the shootout to the Blue Jackets at Madison Square Garden. Lundqvist allowed each of the first two shooters in the shootout to score, while the Rangers were blanked on each of their first two attempts.
"I think the difference tonight is I didn't stop the breakaways and [Sergei Bobrovsky] did, one in the second and in the shootout," Lundqvist said. "I have some work to do."
In what's been a frustrating year for Lundqvist, he fell to 12-16-3 with Monday's defeat. The first goal he allowed came off a deflection, while the second one was a breakaway in which he was unable to stymie Columbus' Cam Atkinson. He was outstanding in overtime as Columbus barraged him with shots, and held up during a 4-on-3 to close out the overtime stanza.
"I made some good moves but I still need to stop those," Lundqvist said. "That's a big point. I felt like the timing was better in Florida the last time we had the shootout but today I didn't come up big when I needed to. In a shootout it's a lot on the goalie, but I just need to work on it in practice and get the timing better."
KREIDER SUSPENSION FOR TYUTIN HIT? Rangers coach Alain Vigneault does not expect Rangers forward Chris Kreider to be suspended for his hit on Fedor Tyutin that resulted in him being ejected in the second period.
"I don't think so," Vigneault said of a possible suspension.
Early in the second period, Kreider hit Tyutin face-first into the boards and was hit with a five-minute major for boarding and a game misconduct that resulted in his dismissal. It appeared Kreider tried to pull up before hitting Tyutin, but was too late. Blue Jackets center Brandon Dubinsky, a former Ranger, threw some punches at Kreider after the hit but the two didn't come close to brawling.
Tyutin took some time to get up and played just one more shift, which was brief. Kreider, who was involved in his first fight in Saturday's win over Toronto, had an assist on the Rangers' first goal. He has six points in his last nine games.
Vigneault did not indicate that he believed Kreider dished out a dirty hit.
"I looked at the replay quickly -- he tried to stop just before. You can see he's stopping and sort of a follow-through from their player there," Vigneault said. "Anytime a guy gets pushed into the boards the way he did the referee doesn't have much of a choice."
STRALMAN'S BIG MISTAKE: Following Kreider's ejection, the Blue Jackets took a 2-1 lead just 40 seconds after when defenseman Anton Stralman turned the puck over near center ice and Atkinson beat Lundqvist on a breakaway.
"I was trying to kind of half shoot a puck into (Brad Richards) there, saw he was open for a half-tip play," Stralman said. "Took off his skate and bounced in the zone and he was just too fast for me to handle it, come back. It's obviously a bad mistake."