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Rangers ride huge 3rd to 4th consecutive win

The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Given three power-play chances in the third period, the New York Rangers converted them all in a comeback victory over Columbus.

Michael Grabner had two goals and the Rangers scored four times in the third to rally past the Blue Jackets 5-3 on Monday night for their fourth straight win.

Kevin Shattenkirk, Chris Kreider and Pavel Buchnevich scored in the third for the Rangers. Mika Zibanejad had an assist on all three power-play goals.

“It makes a big difference when you have success on the power play,” defenseman Marc Staal said. “When you win the special teams game, you are going to come out on top a lot of nights.”

New York trailed 2-0 before Grabner got his first of the game at 12:41 of the second. He sealed it on an empty-netter with 49 seconds left.

Shattenkirk and Buchnevich each had a goal and an assist. Henrik Lundqvist made 22 saves as the Rangers improved to 7-7-2.

“The guys are determined to come back in this game, but there is no question as to why we won this game,” Lundqvist said. “The power play stepped up big-time for us.”

Artemi Panarin, Josh Anderson and Oliver Bjorkstrand scored for the Blue Jackets in the finale of their three-game road trip.

“We don’t deserve to win,” Columbus coach John Tortorella said after losing to his former team. “When you take stupid penalties, you don’t kill them off. We’re a dumb hockey team tonight. We [gave] one away.”

The Blue Jackets struck twice early in the second period after being outshot 10-4 in a scoreless first. Panarin was left alone in the slot and scored his second of the season 38 seconds into the period. Anderson beat Lundqvist with a nifty wrist shot to the far side at 4:24.

“We knew we weren’t playing our game,” Shattenkirk said. “It was again, another one of those lapses. But I think the best part about it, we have been able to cut those lapses off, unlike the beginning of the season where we have been letting it go on too long and then it’s a three-, four-goal lead.”

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