Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series tied 1-1

Game 1: Wednesday, September 24th
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Game 2: Thursday, September 25th
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Rangers 2

(1-3-0, 2 pts)

Blue Jackets 3

(1-1-0, 3 pts)

7:00 PM ET, September 24, 2003

Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio

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Columbus 3, New York 2

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 York (1-3).

Lindros was awarded the penalty shot after Columbus' Jaroslav Spacek knocked the goal off its moorings during a flurry.

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