The Rangers dug themselves into a 1st period hole Friday night and never found their way out, losing 5-2 to the Jets in Winnipeg. Bryan Little scored twice in the first eight minutes of the game, and the Jets never trailed after that. The Blueshirts are now 3-8-2 in their last 13 games, and have lost their last seven road games.
After Little’s two goals, the Rangers cut the lead to 2-1 on a J.T. Miller goal at 14:01 of the 1st period. Miller pushed the puck past Connor Hellebuyck as he slid past the goal for his 6th of the season. But Dustin Byfuglien made it 3-1 minutes later, at 17:31.
In the 2nd period, Henrik Lundqvist was magnificent, making 16 saves in the period, including several terrific glove saves, to keep the Rangers in the game. Dan Boyle cut it to 3-2 with a power play goal at 14:12. But a wide-open Tyler Myers made it a two-goal margin again at 16:14, with a slapshot past Lundqvist that made it 4-2.
Andrew Ladd scored an empty net goal with 1:00 to play for the final margin.
Little finished with two goals and an assist, and Blake Wheeler had three assists.
It was Derek Stepan‘s first game back after missing ten games with a rib injury.
The Rangers [now 19-11-4, 42 pts] host the Washington Capitals Sunday night at The Garden.