NEW YORK -- In what seemed like an ultimate grudge match, players on both sides of the Columbus Blue Jackets-New York Rangers rivalry stepped up to inflict damage on their former team. Tom Chambers Jersey . Brandon Dubinsky had a goal and assist, and the Blue Jackets edged the Rangers 4-3 in a shootout on Monday night. Former Blue Jackets star Rick Nash -- acquired in the deal that sent Dubinsky to Columbus -- did his best to lift the Rangers, but his two power-play goals were only enough to get New York even. He and Mats Zuccarello were stopped by Sergei Bobrovsky in the tiebreaker. "It wouldve been nice to get that other point," Nash said. "Weve got to come out a lot better, and we cant keep making mistakes that end up in the back of our net." Bobrovsky made 40 saves through overtime in his first action in over a month to backstop Columbus win at the end of a 2-2 road trip. "This was a good two points for us," Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards said. "Bob was great with big save after big save. Dubinsky was really big for us. He played a strong game." Mark Letestu and Ryan Johansen scored against Henrik Lundqvist in the shootout. "Im happy we got a point. We played well for 60 minutes," Lundqvist said. "The difference is I didnt stop the breakaways and (Bobrovsky) did -- one in the second and in the shootout. I have some work to do." Lundqvist had the night off Saturday when backup Cam Talbot won 7-1 at Toronto. Lundqvist is 2-1-1 since sitting for three straight games in late December. Nash had tied it 3-3 with his second of the night, and ninth of the season, at 6:55 of the third period as David Savard served a penalty for delay of game. Defenceman James Wisniewski also had a goal and assist, and Cam Atkinson scored on a second-period breakaway to help the Blue Jackets win. "Always good to end road trips on a high note," Wisniewski said. "Weve been coming together as a team more and more." Bobrovsky shined in his return from a 14-game absence caused by a strained groin. The reigning Vezina Trophy winner had been out since Dec. 3 but showed no rust in a matchup with Lundqvist -- the Vezina winner in 2012. The Rangers came away with a point because of Nash, acquired from Columbus in 2012. Brian Boyle cut the deficit to 3-2 at 4:53 of the third, and Lundqvist made 36 saves through overtime for New York, which had won three of four before returning home. The game took a noticeable turn 21 seconds into the second when Rangers forward Chris Kreider drove Columbus defenceman Fedor Tyutin into the left-wing boards with a shoulder-to-shoulder hit that left Tyutin down on his stomach. Dubinsky skated over to challenge Kreider, but a fight didnt ensue. Kreider was given a major penalty for boarding and was ejected. Dubinsky received a minor for roughing. Tyutin left soon after and didnt return to the game. "I looked at the replay. He tried to stop just before," Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said of Kreider. "It seemed like he stopped, and sort of a follow-through from their player. Anytime a guy gets pushed into the boards the way he did, the referees dont have much of a choice." Vigneault doesnt expect Kreider to be suspended. Richards, who said the team will know more about Tyutins status on Tuesday, called the injury "more of a charley horse than anything else." With the teams skating 4-on-4, Atkinson stole the puck from defenceman Anton Stralman at the New York blue line, and raced alone the other way. He received little resistance from Stralman and beat Lundqvist to restore Columbus lead at 2-1. Columbus didnt take further advantage of the three-minute power play. Just 27 seconds after Columbus killed a penalty, Dubinsky made a perfect pass from the left-wing boards across the Rangers zone to a streaking Wisniewski on the right side. Wisniewski fired a rising shot that got in under the crossbar to make it 3-1 with 3:13 left in the second. Bobrovsky stopped 15 shots in each of the first two periods. He denied Brad Richards at the right post with his pads when Richards took a pair of whacks at a loose puck. Benoit Pouliot was stopped earlier in the period on a breakaway. Nash tied it 1-1 when he snapped a rising wrist shot from the left circle that caromed in off the left post with 52.8 seconds left in the first. Dubinsky had staked Columbus to a 1-0 lead with 2:53 remaining when Wisniewskis shot hit him in the leg and deflected in. NOTES: Newly acquired forward Daniel Carcillo didnt make his Rangers debut. ... Boyle scored for the second time in two games after going 27 games without a goal. ... Dubinsky has a goal and two assists in three games vs. New York. ... The 43 shots were the most allowed by Columbus this season. Danny Fortson Jersey . - Steve Stricker usually doesnt show up at a tournament on Sunday. Paul Westphal Jersey . Armstrong was given the rank of "Chevalier" -- or Knight -- in the "Legion dHonneur" in 2005, the last year of his seven consecutive Tour de France victories.ST. PAUL, Minn. – Every morning for the final month of 2014, Leo Komarov woke up and hoped he simply didnt have a headache. That was life with a concussion for the Maple Leafs 27-year-old winger. He called it a weird feeling, this existence of being not quite awful, but never quite right, either. There were the small headaches that became sporadic throughout the day. There was the newfound sensitivity to lights and movement. It was strange, though not completely unfamiliar. It wasnt fun, said Komarov on the first day of 2015, feeling better in recent weeks. I could do everything Im used to doing, its just something wasnt right. This was not the first concussion for Komarov. He had two small ones in the past, he says. One time, he was even knocked out on the ice, but well enough, apparently, to play the next day. The Leafs took no such chances, though. Operating under a new climate of increased sensitivity to head injuries in hockey (and pro sports), they held Komarov out for 14 games. He was allowed to skate four days after he was first clipped by Alex Ovechkin, didnt feel quite right after and was kept on relative rest for the next couple weeks. He was urged to report symptoms whenever he felt them. The headaches seemed to be the most constant thing. They were minor, he says, but present just about every day. Sometimes hed wake up in the morning and feel fine, only for his head to start throbbing some time thereafter. He tried to watch TV, but never for quite as long as usual, played around on his iPad, nothing really out of the ordinary in the day-to-day of his normal life, though one that excluded hockey. He lingered with this undercurrent of just feeling off. Its hard in the world we live in right now, its hard to be without TV or phones or internet, Komarov says with some thought. I think if you locked yourself in a dark room, you would go crazy. Komarov started gearing up bit by bit by the middle of December. He began skating again in the third week of the month, rejoined the team on the ice a short while later and was finally back at practtice for the first time this past Saturday in Sunrise, Florida. Tommy Burleson Jersey. He was declared ready to play Wednesday in Boston after enduring three days of body contact without issue. In his first game back against the Bruins, Komarov scored the first Leaf goal in an eventual shootout win. He doesnt have any symptoms now, he says, but still kind of feels strange. He was even nervous to see how hed react to the bright lights, sounds and feel of being in a packed arena again, the TD Garden holding more than 17,000 people on Wednesday night. Its not maybe like where it used to be, but its probably because I havent [played] for a month. Just need to get used to it, said Komarov, who was credited with nine hits in the win over Boston. And you miss it, too. The only thing I can do is play hockey. Youre out for a month and its strange. Therein lies the challenge of concussions and part of why its been such a struggle to even confront, let alone overcome them. Theres just no predictability or sameness to the injury. Every one is different. And the symptoms can really only be reported by the individual. Theres no MRI to point out whats wrong, no simple test that can say with certainty whether a concussion is present or not. Word is Komarov even passed that first concussion test following the hit from Ovechkin. But evidently he did have a concussion after all. Daniel Winnik, sitting a stall over from Komarov in the spacious visiting room of the Minnesota Wilds home rink – where the Leafs will play Friday – was briefly knocked unconscious from a huge collision earlier this year. He did not have a concussion and was ready to play just a few days later. Thats the thing, said Komarov. Usually when youve got an AC joint or something, you know its going to be 4-6 weeks and you can start practicing after two weeks maybe, and be ready [soon after]. But in my situation, I couldnt really do anything. I just tried to wake up every morning and hope it was better, but it took time. Its a hard situation to be in, he concluded. You cant really do anything. ' ' '
The Winnipeg Goldeyes have assured themselves a winning record on this behemoth 10-game road trip to start the season. Clint Frazier Jersey . A clutch seventh inning pushed the Goldeyes (6-3) past the Lincoln Saltdogs (4-5) 7-4 Saturday night at Haymarket Park in Lincoln before 4,222 spectators. After the two sides exchanged a pair of runs in the second inning, Lincoln grabbed a 4-2 lead with two runs in the bottom of the fourth. The Goldeyes quickly struck back in the top of the fifth inning to tie the game once again, as left fielder Ray Sadler scored on a ground out by third baseman Josh Mazzola and right fielder Donnie Webb belted the next pitch out of the park for his first home run of the season. For the second straight night, Winnipeg found the winning run in the seventh inning. With Sadler on third and centre fielder Reggie Abercrombie on second, Mazzola singled to score both base runners. "Youre just trying to get the ball in play and find a hole out there," Goldeyes pitching coach Jamie Vermilyea said on the Jewel 101 post-game game show of Mazzolas at-bat. "He battled up there and fouled off a couple tough pitches before he got one he could handle. It was a big AB."Mazzola then stole second – his league-leading sixth stolen base of the season – and scored on a single by Webb."Anytime you can take advantage of that and steal that extra base is big," Vermilyea said. "Thats part of our thing this year. Were going to be aggressive on the base paths." After starter Nick Hernandez went five innings for Winnipeg, the Goldeyes bullpen was spectacular in the second half of the game. Southpaw Gabe Aguilar struck out five Saltdogs in 2 2/3 innings of middle relief work. Fellow lefty Brendan Lafferty got the final out of the eighth inning and Chris Kissock pitched the ninth for his second consecutive save in as many nights. The pitching staff combined for a season-high 12 strikeouts. Aguilar picked up the win, while Lincoln reliever Jake Meiers, who was on the hook for the three runs in the seventh inning, suffered the loss. Four Goldeyes had multi-hit nights, while Mazzola had three RBI. The two sides will meet in the series finale Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. Lefty Chris Salamida will look for his first win of the season against Nick Green, who will make his first start of the season for Lincoln. The Goldeyes return home on Monday for their home opener against the Sioux City Explorers. Joe Torre Jersey . Seager had another triple, a home run and a double in a rare feat not seen in more than 40 years, leading Felix Hernandez and the Seattle Mariners past the New York Yankees 10-2. "It was a weird play," Seager said of the triple in the fourth inning. Giancarlo Stanton Jersey . LOUIS -- To stay a step ahead of goaltenders, T.The Rochester Knighthawks agreed to terms on a three-year extension with Cory Vitarelli through the 2016 season. "It feels great (to re-sign with Rochester)," Vitarelli said. "Ive had two great years so far and weve been very successful, so its great to be part of the team again." Since joining the Knighthawks late in the 2011 season, Vitarelli is tied with veteran forward Mike Accursi for second in goals scored with 61, and has finished second only to Cody Jamieson with 54 goals over the past two seasons. "Hes a guy that can get through the middle. He works extremely hhard to get his teammates open, and at the same time, has that ability to put the ball in the net himself," said Knighthawks head coach Mike Hasen. Elston Howard Jersey . Despite his success, Vitarellis name often goes unmentioned, and he has rightfully earned the teams Unsung Hero Award in 2012 and 2013. "I think it benefits me as a guy who goes under the radar and is able to chip in here and there with goals that maybe dont get quite as much recognition," Vitarelli said. "Were a unit up there, and to be successful, we all need to sort of chip in at different times." ' ' '