The Rangers broke open a close game with four goals in the 2nd period and cruised to a 5-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets Sunday night at The Garden, extending their win streak to five. The Blueshirts have won 8 of their last 9 games.
The Rangers have now scored five or more goals in five straight games, for the first time since 1978-79, when they accomplished that feat in nine straight games.
Henrik Lundqvist made 24 saves for his 7th win of the season.
After Kevin Hayes and the Jets’ rookie sensation Patrik Laine exchanged goals in the 1st period, the Blueshirts took a 2-1 lead midway through the 2nd period as Mats Zuccarello took a Chris Kreider pass and scored at 10:02. After Mark Scheifele tied the game at 12:02, J.T. Miller gave the Rangers the lead for good 59 seconds later with his 5th goal of the season at 13:01 to make it 3-2 New York.
Jesper Fast made it 4-2 at 16:24 of the period when Kevin Klein‘s slapshot deflected in off Fast’s right skate for a goal. That 4th New York goal ended Winnipeg goalie Connor Hellebyuck‘s night [after giving up four goals on 16 shots]; he was replaced by Michael Hutchinson.
41 seconds later, Pavel Buchnevich used a nifty move to beat Hutchinson and make it 5-2 Rangers, skating in, and, as he slid to the left of the net, waiting just long enough to lift the puck over Hutchinson for the goal. It was Buchnevich’s 2nd goal in as many nights; he scored his 1st goal of the season in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Boston.
Brandon Pirri and Klein each finished with two assists. Brady Skjei had an assist for the 5th straight game.
The Rangers [now 10-3-0, 20 pts] host the Vancouver Canucks at The Garden Tuesday night.