Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series tied 1-1

Game 1: Saturday, November 9th
Blue Jackets6
Game 2: Tuesday, December 3rd
Blue Jackets3Final

Blue Jackets 3

(9-12-2, 22 pts)

Rangers 5

(12-12-0, 28 pts)

7:00 PM ET, December 3, 2002

Madison Square Garden, New York, New York

1 2 3 T
CBJ 1 1 13
NYR 3 0 25

P. Bure (Rangers - RW): Goals: 3, Assists: 1

P. Nedved (Rangers - C): Goals: 0, Assists: 3

R. Petrovicky (Rangers - RW): Goals: 0, Assists: 2

Bure gets 20th career hat trick in Rangers' win

NEW YORK (AP) -- Pavel Bure scored three goals, but it was his hustle on another play that impressed his coach the most.

Pavel Bure

Bure assisted on Eric Lindros' game-winner Tuesday night to lead the New York Rangers to a 5-3 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Bure's hustle led to Lindros' goal when his backcheck prevented an icing call. Bure then worked the puck out of the corner and drove to the net. Marc Denis stopped his shot but left the rebound for Lindros, who flipped it over the goaltender for his sixth goal of the season at 10:47 of the third period to make it 4-3.

"Without a doubt that was the play of the game, effort-wise,'' Rangers coach Bryan Trottier said. "I thought Pav had a boat full of jump and hunger.''

Bure recorded his 20th career hat trick when he scored his third goal of the night at with 1:54 remaining on a 2-on-1 break with Petr Nedved. He now has five goals in the last two games.

"You can score a bunch of goals in a few games,'' Bure said. "And sometimes you go without a goal. It's part of the game. The most important thing is that we win.''

Dale Purinton gave the Rangers a 1-0 lead 6:10 into the game with his third goal of the season. Purinton took a wrist shot from the top of the left faceoff circle that glanced off the glove of Denis and into the net.

Columbus knotted the score at 1 just 33 seconds later when two Rangers defenders got their skates entangled and fell, giving David Vyborny a breakaway. Vyborny beat Dan Blackburn for his sixth goal of the season.

Bure put New York ahead 2-1 with his 12th of the season at 9:17, converting a backhand shot from just outside the crease as he swooped in on Denis.

Bure's 13th goal of the season gave the Rangers a 3-1 lead at 19:37. Nedved won a faceoff in the Columbus end and Ronald Petrovicky sent the puck back to Bure behind the left faceoff circle and Bure ripped a rising slap shot that beat Denis high to the glove side.

"They scored late on that faceoff in the first period and that put us squarely behind the eight ball,'' Columbus coach Dave King said.

Matt Davidson's third goal of the season pulled Columbus to within 3-2 at 3:08 of the second period. Davidson took a pass from Ray Whitney on a 2-on-1 break and backhanded the puck past Blackburn from close range.

Andrew Cassels tied the score at 3 with his seventh of the season on a power play at 3:27 of the third period. Cassels converted a pass from the left point by Jarolsav Spacek.

"We fought back and made it 3-3,'' King said. "Then they scored that fourth goal and that was probably the turning point in the game. With any kind of a better effort we might have had a chance to win this hockey game.''

Rangers defenseman Brian Leetch left the game with a bruised left foot when blocking a shot during the first period and did not return.

"The tendon that runs over the plate and screws that I have in my ankle just got hit right on that,'' Leetch said. "So putting weight on it and moving my foot right now is really sore but there isn't a break. It's not a broken bone so I'll just take an anti-inflammatory and see how it feels from day-to-day.''

Game notes

Referee Ian Walsh did not return after the first period suffering from food poisoning. ... Rangers defenseman Darius Kasparaitis sat out with back spasms. ... The Blue Jackets recalled defenseman Duvie Westcott from Syracuse of the AHL and placed defenseman Jean-Luc Grand-Pierre on the injured list.

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