McIlrath makes NHL debut in Rangers loss

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Dylan McIlrath made his National Hockey League debut Thursday,

Dylan McIlrath smiles at a Moose Jaw Warriors practice. Times-Herald photo by Matthew Gourlie

The former Moose Jaw Warriors defenceman couldn't prevent the New York Rangers from losing their fourth straight game.

McIlrath was a minus-one as he logged 8:55 of ice time on the Rangers' blue line as they suffered a 4-2 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets at Madison Square Garden.

McIlrath was recalled from Hartford of the American Hockey League Wednesday. The former 10th overall pick in the 2010 NHL draft has seven points and 115 penalty minutes in 24 games with Hartford.

Matt Calvert, Artem Anisimov and David Savard scored in the first 11:10 for the Blue Jackets. The Rangers, 0-3-1 on its nine-game homestand, closed within 3-2 in the third period, but Ryan Johansen pushed Columbus' lead back to two goals with 1:32 left.

Columbus (14-15-3) has won two in a row.

Dominic Moore and defenceman Dan Girardi scored for the Rangers (15-17-1). Henrik Lundqvist was pulled after he stopped only 10 of 13 shots in the first period.

Cam Talbot relieved and made 13 saves the rest of the way, allowing only Johansen's goal between his pads.

The Blue Jackets goalie tandem of Curtis McElhinney and Mike McKenna, who are subbing for injured reigning Vezina Trophy winner Sergei Bobrovsky, stopped 32 of 34 shots. McElhinney was replaced by McKenna before the start of the second period. The Blue Jackets said McElhinney sustained a lower-body injury in the first period when he made 15 saves. McKenna stopped 17 shots in the final two frames.

 

— with files from the Associated Press

Organizations: New York Rangers, National Hockey League, Columbus Blue Jackets Madison Square Garden American Hockey League Associated Press

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