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Artemi Panarin recorded his second career hat trick and added an assist as the Columbus Blue Jackets stretched their winning streak to nine games with a 5-3 victory over the New York Rangers Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden.
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, who also recorded a hat trick against the Rangers while playing for the Chicago Blackhawks in 2016,
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, notched his fourth career four-point game by scoring the Blue Jackets' first goal and their last two tallies.
Alexander Wennberg and defenseman Markus Nutivarra also scored for Columbus while Sergei Bobrovsky made 29 saves.
Kevin Hayes scored a shorthanded goal while Mika Zibanejad and Chris Kreider scored power-play goals for the Rangers.
Henrik Lundqvist made 26 saves. Lundqvist also withstood a collision with Columbus left winger Matt Calvert in the third period and stayed in the game after his shoulder hit the ice.
The Blue Jackets struck first with 6:06 remaining in the first period by winning a faceoff and executing effective puck movement.
Boone Jenner won a faceoff against Hayes and dumped the puck in behind the net where Thomas Vanek retrieved it. Vanek made a backhand pass and it appeared to surprise Wennberg,
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,who hesitated before releasing a wrist shot from the slot that went over Lundqvist's glove side.
The Blue Jackets took a 2-0 lead with 10:32 remaining in the second when Panarin scored his first goal.
After Lundqvist stopped Calvert's wrist shot,
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, the Blue Jackets retained possession and Ian Cole made a cross-ice pass through the slot. Panarin completed the play with a wrist shot over Lundqvist's glove side from the right circle.
Fast connected with Hayes,
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,New York scored with 6:16 remaining in the second after Jesper Fast broke up Wennberg's pass from behind the net. After creating the turnover,
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, who finished off a breakaway.
Nutivarra scored 4:05 into the third by finishing off Panarin's pass but the Rangers cut the deficit to one goal a little over three minutes later when Zibanejad's drive from the right circle went over Bobrovsky's right arm.
A little over four minutes later,
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, Columbus regained a two-goal lead.
Lundqvist stopped Cam Atkinson's breakaway but was out of the crease and did not cover up the puck. Panarin pounced on the rebound and lifted a backhander into the net before Lundqvist could return to the crease.
New York scored its second power-play goal when Kreider re-directed a shot by Brady Skjei with just under two minutes remaining but Panarin scored into an empty net with two seconds left.
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