COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Rick Nash scored two goals, and Tyler
Wright added another as the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the New York
Rangers 3-2 in an exhibition game Wednesday night.
David Vyborny had two assists for Columbus, which won its first
preseason game after losing one and tying the other.
Petr Nedved had his third goal of the preseason for the Rangers,
and Eric Lindros scored on a penalty shot with 1:35 left.
Nash, the overall No. 1 pick in the 2002 draft, had 17 goals and
22 assists as an 18-year-old rookie last season.
He opened the scoring on a power-play redirect of Darryl Sydor's
blast from the right wing at 18:12 of the first period. Nash was
parked in the crease and shielded goaltender Jussi Markkanen as he
got a stick on Sydor's shot.
The point was Sydor's first for the Blue Jackets. He was
acquired from Dallas in an offseason deal for a second-round pick
and center Mike Sillinger.
One of the main reasons the Blue Jackets made the trade was to
acquire a quarterback on the power play. Sydor had two goals and 18
assists last season on the power play for the Stars.
Nash made it 2-0 with another power-play goal 5:19 into the
second period, netting a pass from Vyborny.
Wright's quick wrister from just over the blue line beat
Markkanen and made it 3-0 at 12:56 of the second period.
Columbus' starting goaltender Marc Denis had 11 saves before
giving way to Fred Brathwaite midway through the second. Markkanen
stopped 13 of 16 shots and then was replaced by Jason LaBarbera.
The Rangers closed within 2-1 with 8:40 remaining when Nedved
spun just inside the right circle and rocketed a shot past
Brathwaite. It was Nedved's third goal in as many games for New
Lindros was awarded the penalty shot after Columbus' Jaroslav
Spacek knocked the goal off its moorings during a flurry.