NEW YORK - In his NHL debut on Sunday, Latvian goalkeeper Matiss Kivlenieks allowed just one goal to help his Columbus Blue Jackets beat the New York Rangers 2:1 (0:1, 0:0, 2:0), extending their winning streak to five games.
Kivlenieks was in goal the entire match, saving 31 of 32 shots on goal.
Kivlenieks has become the fifth Latvian goaltender to play at least one match in the NHL. The first four were Arturs Irbe, Peteris Skudra, Kristers Gudlevskis and Kivlenieks' teammate Elvis Merzlikins.
Oliver Bjorkstrand scored both goals for the Blue Jackets, while Brady Skjei scored the lone goal for the Rangers.
Also on Sunday, Latvian forward Teodors Blugers scored a goal as his Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Boston Bruins 4:3 (1:3, 1:0, 2:0). In 49 NHL matches so far this season, Blugers has scored seven goals and made ten assists.
In the NHL Eastern Conference standings, the Blue Jackets are in sixth place at the moment with 60 points from 50 games, while the Penguins are in third place in the conference with 67 points after 49 games.