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game recap

Jets 2, Rangers 4

Wednesday, 03.28.2012 / 5:45 PM

Kristi Hennessy - Coordinator, Web Content

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Jets 2, Rangers 4
New York Rangers 4, Winnipeg Jets 2
Three Stars of the Game
Michael Del Zotto
1st
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 1Hits: 3
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: -1TOI: 23:52
Ryan Callahan
2nd
Ryan Callahan
G: 1Shots: 4
A: 1Hits: 2
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: -1TOI: 27:20
Evander Kane
3rd
G: 0Shots: 5
A: 0Hits: 5
PTS: 0PIM: 2
+/-: -1TOI: 16:40
Things started off great as the Jets went up a pair of goals in the second period against the New York Rangers but the Jets saw first hand that you can never count out a team like the Rangers out, as they came back to take a 4-2 final Wednesday night.

"The disappointing part of the game for me really lied in the power play and special teams," said coach Claude Noel after the game. "The turning point of the game was really that shorthanded goal that we gave up because they didn't have a lot of life but they got a lot of life after that and made it 2-1. That really let them back into it, got some life and took over it from there.

"Our power play was not very cohesive and we didn't execute the five-on-three very good either."

The Rangers power play was excellent despite being 27th in the league for road power plays. They scored a crucial short handed goal and a pair of power play goals to help seal the victory.

The Jets threw 24 shots on net but the Rangers also blocked an additional 24 shots. Ondrej Pavelec turned aside 24 of the 28 shots he saw.

The Jets will hit the road tomorrow for their last road trip of the season starting in Carolina against the Hurricanes on Friday night. Catch tonight's game on TSN at 6:00 pm

FIRST PERIOD

The pace of the game through the first half of the period was quick and steady. The first whistle wasn't blown until close to the four-minute mark.

The first penalty went to Stu Bickel for holding at 10:24  and seconds later Ryan McDonagh took a minor for tripping putting the Jets on a two-man advantage for 1:44. The power play unit cycled around and fired away at the net but Henrik Lundqvist shut the door keeping the game scoreless.

After twenty minutes of play, the Jets led 11-4 on the shot clock but no goals were scored.

SECOND PERIOD

Spencer Machacek opened the scoring at 3:58 as he slide a harmless looking shot straight through the legs of Lundqvist. Ben Maxwell and Mark Stuart picked up the assists on the play. 1-0 Jets.

Bryan Little added another to the board 56 seconds later from the slot. Blake Wheeler dangled around the circle trying to find an open body in front. Little planted himself in front of Lundqvist and waited for the pass from Wheeler. He redirected the pass right into the back of the net to make it 2-0.

The Rangers answered back shorthanded at 7:44 as Michael Del Zotto stole the puck from behind the Jets net and wrapped around to put it past Pavelec, back-door. Ryan Callahan with the assist.

Callahan tied things up with under two minutes to play on the power play. Marian Gaborik took a shot from the circle that Pavelec kicked out but it hit a Jet's foot in front and landed on Callahan's stick and he snapped it across the line.

After forty minutes, the Jets and Rangers were tied 2-2 and tied 19-19 in shots. The Rangers will start the third period on the power play. 2:52 still remains on Andrew Ladd's double-minor high sticking penalty.

THIRD PERIOD

Right after the Jets finished killing off the double-minor, Brian Boyle gave the Rangers their first lead of the game. He carried the puck out from behind the net, wrapped it around the post and squeezed it past Pavelec. 3-2 Rangers at 3:07 of the final frame.

Minutes later, Tanner Glass dropped the gloves with Stu Bickel trying to send a spark to his teammates and get the fans on their feet.

Derek Stepan widened the gap on the power play with Alexander Burmistrov in the box for holding at 10:06. Marian Gaborik sent a nice cross-ice feed onto the tape of Stepan, who blasted a wrist-shot that flew over Pavelec's shoulder.

4-2 Rangers would be the final at the buzzer as the Jets just couldn't find a way to stop the bleeding and get back into the game.

They will board a plane tomorrow on their final four-game road-trip starting with the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday night. Catch that game at 6:00pm on TSN Jets.

scoring summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
03:58
WPG
Spencer Machacek (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Ben Maxwell (5), Mark Stuart (10)
1 - 0 WPG
04:54
WPG
Bryan Little (23) Wrist shot - ASST: Blake Wheeler (44), Andrew Ladd (21)
2 - 0 WPG
07:44
NYR
SHG - Michael Del Zotto (8) Wrist shot - ASST: Ryan Callahan (25)
2 - 1 WPG
18:23
NYR
PPG - Ryan Callahan (28) Wrist shot - ASST: Marian Gaborik (32), Michael Del Zotto (30)
2 - 2 Tie
3rd Period
03:07
NYR
Brian Boyle (9) Wrist shot - ASST: Ruslan Fedotenko (9), Ryan McDonagh (24)
3 - 2 NYR
10:06
NYR
PPG - Derek Stepan (17) Wrist shot - ASST: Marian Gaborik (33), Brad Richards (37)
4 - 2 NYR
penalty summary
1st Period
10:24
NYR
Stu Bickel  Holding against  Antti Miettinen
10:41
NYR
Ryan McDonagh  Tripping against  Blake Wheeler
14:20
NYR
Anton Stralman  Delay of game
2nd Period
00:27
NYR
Brian Boyle  Boarding against  Evander Kane
06:35
NYR
Brandon Dubinsky  Slashing against  Alexander Burmistrov
08:19
WPG
Evander Kane  Slashing against  Henrik Lundqvist
18:00
WPG
Alexander Burmistrov  Holding against  Mike Rupp
18:52
WPG
Andrew Ladd  Hi stick - double minor against  Brian Boyle
3rd Period
05:56
NYR
Stu Bickel  Fighting (maj) against  Tanner Glass
05:56
WPG
Tanner Glass  Fighting (maj) against  Stu Bickel
08:46
WPG
Alexander Burmistrov  Holding against  Marc Staal
goalie stats
Henrik Lundqvist
Henrik Lundqvist
37-16-5
SA: 24TOI: 60:00
Saves: 22EV: 15 - 17
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 7
SV%: .917SH: 0 - 0
Ondrej Pavelec
SA: 28TOI: 58:22
Saves: 24EV: 18 - 19
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 7
SV%: .857SH: 1 - 2