After losing three of their last four games, Tuesday night’s road game at Winnipeg was as close to a must-win game as the Rangers have had all season. The team rallied from a slow start, scored a rare power play goal in the second period, and got a late goal from Chris Kreider for a 3-2 win over the Jets.
Jim Slater gave the Jets a very early lead, scoring his 4th goal of the season at 3:16 to make it 1-0. The Jets would take the first nine shots of the game.
Mats Zuccarello would give the sluggish-looking Blueshirts a boost later in the first, with his 15th of the season at 9:21 to tie the game at 1-all.
In the second, Winnipeg again jumped out to a one-goal lead when former Ranger Lee Stempniak scored at 1:24 to make it 2-1 Jets.
The Rangers’ power play, which has been ice cold of late [only 1 of their last 26 chances entering Tuesday], got the team back in the game when Derick Brassard scored at 10:21 of the second, on assists from Ryan McDonagh and Keith Yandle, tying the game 2-2.
Then, staring overtime in the face in the waning minutes of the third period, Kreider streaked toward the net, off a great pass from J.T. Miller, and put the puck past Ondrej Pavelec for his 21st of the season and a 3-2 edge.
The Rangers [now 48-21-7, 103 pts] play the Wild in Minnesota Thursday night.