Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Blueshirts Fall despite Strong Rally

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Blueshirts Fall despite Strong Rally

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NEW YORK - Rick Nash will find out today whether he's been selected for Team Canada for the third straight Olympics.

"Obviously, it's in the back of your mind, but I can't control much now," Nash said. "It's out of my hands. If it happens, great. If not, we'll move on."

Odds are, he'll be in Sochi, Russia for next month's Winter Games. And though it won't factor in the selection decision, the power forward offered a glimpse of how he can dominate play with his first multi-goal performance of the season for the Rangers.

Nash scored twice on the power play - topping ex-Ranger Brandon Dubinsky's goal and an assist - but a two-goal, third-period rally fell short in a 4-3 shootout loss to the Blue Jackets on Monday night at Madison Square Garden. Isolated mistakes spoiled an otherwise strong team game and Chris Kreider's five-minute boarding penalty and game misconduct may earn the rookie an NHL disciplinary review.

"Overall, I think we played a good game," said defenseman Anton Stralman's, whose attempted soft shot that he hoped Brad Richards would deflect was instead blocked by Cam Atkinson. That turned into a breakaway goal for a 2-1 Blue Jackets' lead as the teams skated four-on-four at 1:01 of the second period.

"I think, at 1-1, we had been the better team. Obviously, my mistake ended up changing the momentum and the outcome of the game."

The game pitted Olympic goalies, Swede Henrik Lundqvist (40 saves) for the Rangers (21-20-3) and Russian Sergei Bobrovsky (36 saves), who played his first game for the Blue Jackets (19-20-4) since Dec. 3 because of a groin injury.

"I'm happy we got the point, we played really well for 60 minutes," said Lundqvist, who stopped all 13 shots he faced in the third period and six more in the overtime. "I think the difference tonight was I did not stop the breakaways and he did."

Mark Letestu and Ryan Johansen beat Lundqvist in the shootout while Bobrovsky gloved shots by a slow-skating Mats Zuccarello and, while sprawling, on Nash's backhander to clinch the game. …

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