Lundqvist ties Rangers' win mark vs. Jets
- Associated Press
- March 14, 2014 - 10:20 PM
WINNIPEG, Manitoba — Henrik Lundqvist stopped 30 shots to tie the Rangers' record for career wins, and Swedish countryman Carl Hagelin scored three goals to lift New York to a 4-2 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Friday night.
Lundqvist tied the mark of 301 wins with the Rangers, set by Stanley Cup-winner Mike Richter. Lundqvist will have a chance to break the record Sunday at home against San Jose.
Chris Kreider also scored for New York (36-28-4). The Rangers went 1-2 on a three-game trip, bouncing back from a 2-1 loss at Minnesota on Thursday. New York took a 1-0 lead on its third shot of the game.
Dustin Byfuglien and Andrew Ladd scored for the Jets (30-29-9), who have lost six straight and are fighting to keep their playoff hopes alive. The Jets failed to earn a point as they had in three of the previous five losses.
The Jets outshot the Rangers 32-23 but couldn't get any past Lundqvist after the first period.
Hagelin deflected his first goal past goalie Ondrej Pavelec at 1:15. The goal had barely been announced when Byfuglien tied the game at 2:33 when he batted Blake Wheeler's rebound past Lundqvist.
Less than a minute later, Ladd celebrated his 600th NHL game by putting the Jets up 2-1. He found the upper corner of the net with a wrist shot from the circle on Lundqvist's stick side at 3:26.
Winnipeg was cycling the puck in the Rangers' zone until Kreider broke away and scored at 11:28 with Winnipeg defenseman Zach Bogosian on his heels.
Neither team managed a shot during their one power play each in the first period, and the Jets outshot the Rangers 11-8.
Al Montoya took over for Pavelec in the Winnipeg net at the start of the second. The Jets said Pavelec left because of a lower-body injury.
The Rangers and Jets traded plenty of scoring chances in the second, and Winnipeg outshot New York 11-7. But with eight seconds left, Martin St. Louis fed Hagelin from behind the net, and he flipped in a backhander.
Hagelin finished his first NHL hat trick at 8:50 of the third period off a pass from Brad Richards.
NOTES: The Rangers evened the season series with the Jets. Winnipeg won the first meeting 5-2 at Madison Square Garden on Dec. 2.
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