Rangers Fall to Jets; Two Defensemen Injured

The New York Rangers lost in a shootout Saturday night at The Garden, to the Winnipeg Jets. Evander Kane scored in the fourth round of the shootout to give the Jets a 1-0 win. The Jets improved to 5-5-1, while the Blueshirts fell to 5-4-1.

But the more depressing news from Saturday was that two Rangers defensemen left the game in the first period with injuries, depleting an already shorthanded unit. Ryan McDonagh sustained a separated left shoulder at 11:46 of the first period when he was driven hard into the boards by Kane. Kevin Klein left at 3:12 of the first with a foot bruise after blocking a shot.

With Dan Boyle still out with a broken hand, and John Moore serving the first game of a five-game suspension, that left the Rangers with only four healthy defensemen for the remainder of the game. And leaves them with lineup questions going into their next game, against St. Louis at The Garden Monday night.

Winnipeg goalie Ondrej Pavelec¬†was named the game’s Number One star and with good reason; he stopped all 38 shots he faced. Henrik Lundqvist of the Rangers played well, stopping 25 shots.

In the overtime, Pavelec gave up a goal to Mats Zuccarello, but stopped Rick Nash, Dominic Moore and Martin St. Louis. Lundqvist allowed a goal to Blake Wheeler, but made saves on shots by Andrew Ladd and Bryan Little, before giving up the game-winner to Kane.

In the continuation of a bad trend, New York went 0-for-5 on the power play, and are now 2-for-28 this season.