Jets 4, Rangers 3By Dave Buscema, The Sports Xchange | The SportsXchange – Tue, Feb 26, 2013 9:50 PM EST
NEW YORK -- Evander Kane had two goals and an assist and Olli Jokinen scored two goals for the Winnipeg Jets as they topped the New York Rangers 4-3 Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden. Anthony Peluso and Ron Hainsey added two assists each for Winnipeg (9-9-1), which finished its road trip 4-1. Ryan Callahan, Taylor Pyatt and Anton Stralman scored for the banged-up Rangers (8-8-2), who lost their fourth straight game without injured forward Rick Nash. Ondrej Pavelec made 30 saves for Winnipeg while Henrik Lundqvist made 28 stops for New York. The teams had some frenzied scoring in the second and third, but Winnipeg held on, after the teams combined for three goals in 1:13 in the third, with New York scoring twice. Trailing 3-1 in the third, the Rangers cut the deficit to a goal at the 9:17 mark of the third, when Pyatt deflected Stralman's slap shot, past Pavelec. But before the goal had even been announced, Winnipeg went up 4-2 40 seconds later, on a wrist shot by Kane to stun Lundqvist and the Rangers. Not enough, though, to keep Stralman from scoring 27 seconds later to make it 4-3. The defenseman zipped in a goal just in the right post as Pavelec was caught to his left after deflecting a previous shot. New York had several scoring chances after that, but Pavelec turned them away -- including a pair of slap shots by Stralman and a flurry in the final minute. The Jets' penalty killing unit also did its job when Jim Slater was called for holding with 6:09 left in the game. After a scoreless first period, the Jets turned up the pressure on the Rangers in the second, scoring two goals nearly a minute apart and quickly answering when the Rangers finally got on the board. The Jets had left Lundqvist reeling with a flurry of shots before Kane fed Jokinen from behind the net as Winnipeg took a 1-0 lead at the 5:55 mark of the second. Sixty-seven seconds later, Kane scored himself, knocking in a wrist shot for a 2-0 lead, with an assist from Peluso. Callahan brought New York back into the game, poking in a rebound after the puck had rolled along the goal line behind Pavelec. That made it 2-1 at the 9:28 mark of the second, but Winnipeg quickly squashed any momentum for the Rangers. The Jets pressured the Rangers in their defensive zone, eventually pouncing on the puck. Winnipeg scored nearly immediately after doing so as Jokinen put in his second goal, knocking in the rebound when Peluso's shot deflected off Lundqvist, to give the Jets a 3-1 lead at the 14:48 mark of the second. NOTES: Nash missed his fourth straight game and declined to get specific about his injury at Tuesday's morning skate, amid speculation he might have a concussion. Asked flat-out if he did, Nash told reporters, "Um, I'm not a doctor. It's tough for me to analyze that. It wasn't something where I could look at myself and say I had that issue. That's up for the doctors to decide." Nash, who participated in the morning skate Tuesday and said he has been skating on his own for days, said he was "banged up" and it was a combination of several things that was keeping him out. ... Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh was also out with an undisclosed injury, while defenseman Michael Del Zotto sat with a lower body injury and Arron Asham was out due to back spasms. Center Darroll Powe returned after missing three games with a concussion. ... Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien returned to the lineup, after leaving Sunday's game against the New Jersey Devils in the third period, due to a lower-body injury. ... Winnipeg forward Antti Miettinen, who was injured less than 20 seconds into his season debut Sunday, was out of the lineup and listed as day to day. Miettinen missed the season's first 17 games with an upper-body injury, then sustained a lower-body injury while blocking a shot Sunday. ... The Rangers announced their AHL affiliate, the Connecticut Whale, would continue playing in the XL Center in Hartford, Conn., through at least 2016, with an option to extend the pact another two years. The deal was announced Tuesday, three days before a March 1 deadline for the sides to come to an agreement.
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