NEW YORK (AP) The New York Ranger and Columbus Blue Jackets are celebrating after a 7-2 victory on Sunday, and their rivalry was revived in a new way.
The Rangers’ Matt Cullen scored twice and the Blue Jackets’ Ryan Johansen scored twice in his first career NHL game.
The Blue Jackets led the Rangers 2-1 early in the third period.
It was the first time in 20 years that both teams had won 7-1 in the series.
They had never beaten Columbus in the playoffs.
The Red Wings defeated Tampa Bay 4-2 in the Eastern Conference finals.
“It’s just so good to see these guys come together,” said center Ryan Suter, who has been a Ranger for two years.
“You see how tough they are, how competitive they are and you see the passion they have.
It’s a real cool thing.”
The Rangers had two goalies and a defenseman on the ice.
“They’ve got a really good team.
They’re a tough team, and they’re a great team,” coach Todd Richards said.
“That’s what we need to do in order to get this team in a position to compete for a championship.”
Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky made his first start of the season, stopping 27 of 32 shots.
“We’ve had a few guys come in and be pretty good,” Richards said of Bobrovky.
“He did a great job and made a lot of saves.
The second goal he made to get us in a 1-0 hole and we kept the pressure on.
He got us on our heels, so we were able to go on a run.”
The Red Bulls scored four goals in the second period, including a breakaway by Brian McBride to give the Rangers a 2-0 lead.
The Wings scored two goals in four minutes.
The Blues scored twice on an early goal by Matt Calvert, and Chris Herhalt scored in the seventh on a power play.
The Bruins scored twice off a penalty kick, including one by Brian Campbell.
They got the tying goal on a penalty shot by Anders Lindback.
“I thought we played a lot better in the first period,” Bruins coach Claude Julien said.
The two teams combined for 14 goals in their last meeting, but the Rangers won 4-3 on Jan. 11, 2004, in Columbus.
They won the first meeting 8-4 in Columbus on Dec. 3, 2016, with the Rangers leading 3-0 in the opening period.
They beat Columbus 3-2 on Feb. 2, 2018, after a shootout.
They also beat Boston 4-1 on Feb.
“”I think it was a lot different than our previous games,” Red Bulls coach Jesse Marsch said.
“These guys play in the Stanley Cup finals and they do it in a different way.” “
The thing about the playoffs is they don’t always look like the regular season,” Marsch added.
“These guys play in the Stanley Cup finals and they do it in a different way.”
The game started with a penalty shootout, with Curtis Joseph (Detroit Red Wings) beating Joe Vitale (Columbus Blue Jackets) and Patrick Eaves (Toronto Maple Leafs) beating Brendan Gallagher (Columbia Capitals).
It went to a 3-on-3 overtime after a power-play goal by Henrik Lundqvist (New York Rangers).
Lundqvists third goal was his 11th of the year.
“When I look back, it was my first Stanley Trophy,” Lundqvism said.
Ryan McDonagh scored the winning goal for Columbus, who had lost three straight games.
“Tonight was just a really nice game for us,” said defenseman Andrew MacDonald.
“Obviously, we’ve played better this year, but it’s been a long road, so it was nice to get some points.
We’ve got to continue to build on that.”
Blue Jays left fielder Josh Donaldson was named the MVP of the game.
Donaldson won the American League MVP and was the only player in the American leagues MVP voting.
The Jays had won six straight in the Series.
They were 0-4 against the Rangers before the series ended Sunday.