Rangers Stars Adam Fox And Artemi Panarin Shine In 4-1 Win Over Blue Jackets

By Coby Maeir on February 28, 2024 at 9:55 pm
New York Rangers defenseman Adam Fox (23) takes a shot against Columbus Blue Jackets right wing Kirill Marchenko (86) during the second period at Madison Square Garden.
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Thanks to two second-period goals from Artemi Panarin and Adam Fox, the New York Rangers beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-1 at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday.

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NY RANGERS 0 2 2 4

1st Period

Sean Kuraly had a great chance to open the scoring with a breakaway at 6:05, but Igor Shesterkin denied him with a save. 

The Rangers answered with a great chance of their own at 9:48 when Elvis Merzlikins robbed Panarin from the doorstep going left to right. 

Jonny Brodzinski had another great chance for the Rangers on a two-on-one at 14:59 but his right-circle shot was gloved by Merzlikins.

The teams were tied at zero after 20 minutes with the Rangers taking a 17-9 advantage in shots on goal into the intermission.

2nd Period

Panarin scored against the Blue Jackets for the second straight game at 7:17 off a left-circle face-off after the puck deflected off the referee's skates off the draw. 

After Erik Gudbranson fanned on a clearing attempt, Chris Kreider picked up the puck in the left-wing corner and found Fox, who fired a top-shelf wrist shot from the slot on the power play at 14:19.

The Rangers led 2-0 after 40 minutes and took a 26-19 advantage in shots on goal into the third period.

3rd Period

After Shesterkin's clearing attempt up the right-wing wall was intercepted by Damon Severson and thrown on the net, Cole Sillinger took the rebound and scored his ninth goal of the season at 3:24.

Adam Boqvist had a golden chance to tie the game at 18:45 from the doorstep but his backhand attempt missed the net.

Kreider and Panarin iced the game with empty-net goals at 19:07 and 19:48.

With the 4-1 loss, the Jackets fall to 19-29-10.


  • Shots on Goal: CBJ 31-30 NYR
  • Face-off %: CBJ 45.5-54.5 NYR
  • Power play: CBJ 0/2-1/3 NYR
  • Giveaways: CBJ 5-8 NYR
  • Takeaways: CBJ 3-13 NYR
  • Blocked shots: CBJ 19-22 NYR
  • Hits: CBJ 13-24 NYR
  • 5-on-5 stats (via naturalstattrick.com):
    • Expected Goals (xG): CBJ 2.78-1.85 NYR
    • Shot Attempts (CF): CBJ 61-55 NYR
    • Shots on Goal (SF): CBJ 26-26 NYR
    • Scoring Chances (SCF): CBJ 30-24 NYR
    • High-Danger Chances (HDCF): CBJ 10-7 NYR

Injury Update

Next Up

The Jackets return home on Thursday to face the Hurricanes at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN+ and Hulu. 

The club will head to Chicago to take on Connor Bedard and the Blackhawks on Saturday at 8 p.m. ET on Bally Sports Ohio.

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