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How to lose a game in 17 seconds: Rangers stun Blue Jackets

Saturday, October 10, 2015 12:41:00 PM America/Los_Angeles

In a sold-out Nationwide Arena, the Columbus Blue Jackets sent the crowd into a frenzy with just 3:50 to play in regulation. New acquisition Brandon Saad scored on a beauty of a wrist shot on the power play to put the home team on top 3-2 over the New York Rangers.

Well, there was still 3:50 left in regulation and the Rangers absolutely owned all of it. They only needed 17 seconds of the time remaining make the Blue Jackets pay, though.

Rookie Oscar Lindberg scored his second goal of the season just 1:14 after Saad's go-ahead tally to put the game on even terms. The goal came after Blue Jackets defenseman Kevin Connauton turned the puck over in his own zone.

It took the Rangers just 17 more seconds to take the lead as Kevin Hayes' wrist shot from a spectacularly poor angle beat Sergei Bobrovsky before the Blue Jackets could even react. You don't expect a former Vezina winner like Bobrovsky to give up a goal like that in that situation, but it really does happen to the best of them.

A full minute later, three Blue Jackets ended up losing a board battle in their own zone and the puck squirted out to Mats Zuccarello who scored his second of the game to put it out of reach and bring the party to a screeching halt.

There are a lot of things you can say about the Rangers offense, but one thing they have absolutely been under coach Alain Vigneault is opportunistic. They feast off turnovers and can turn a play, or in this case an entire game, on its head. After falling behind, they barely flinched.

Columbus, meanwhile, collapsed. The turnovers and the bad-angle goal on Bobrovsky killed them right after they had taken the lead. It was just a shocking turn of events in a big divisional game.

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