Jones scores twice as Blue Jackets hold off Rangers, 6-4


Published 10:07 p.m. ET Jan. 31, 2017 | Updated 23 minutes ago

NEW YORK (AP) — After taking a big lead early in the third period, the Columbus Blue Jackets relaxed a little, and it almost cost them a crucial division game.

Seth Jones scored twice, Alexander Wennberg had a goal and two assists and the Jackets led by six goals before holding on to beat the New York Rangers 6-4 on Tuesday night.

“We just sat back,” Jones said. “Teams in this league aren’t going to quit. We’ve got to play a 60-minute game. … First two periods were pretty good, third period we decided to sit back and the Rangers are a good team. They put four in on us and it’s not something we wanted, but we got the win.”

Brandon Saad added a goal and an assist, and Nick Foligno and Matt Calvert also scored for the Blue Jackets. Joonas Korpisalo, starting in place of All-Star Sergei Bobrovsky,…

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