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New York Rangers, Henrik Lundqvist fall to Jets, 4-3, in Winnipeg (Highlights)

The New York Rangers fought hard but just could not keep up the Winnipeg Jets Tuesday night dropping the first game of a four-game road trip.

Dom Renna

  • New York Rangers: 3 (24-24-8, 56 points)
  • Winnipeg Jets: 4 (36-18-3, 72 points)
  • NYR Goals: Mika Zibanejad (24, 25), Pavel Buchnevich (10)
  • WIP Goals: Mark Scheifile (29, 30), Joe Morrow (1), Andrew Copp (6)
  • NHL, Final, Box Score
  • Bell MTS Place, Winnipeg, Canada.

If any game this season was a tale of how the New York Rangers season has gone, it would be this 4-3 loss to the Winnipeg Jets.

It was a game that saw the Rangers get completely dominated in the first period which saw them outshot 19-10. It saw a second period where they came out and dominated, eventually taking the lead in the third. But just like this season, this game eventually showed how the Rangers are just simply not good enough.

The start to this one was surprising considering the effort they put out against Toronto. Winnipeg just kept coming and coming in waves and it was too much for the Rangers and Henrik Lundqvist to handle.

Down 2-0 entering the second, the Rangers turned on another gear led by Mika Zibanejad who would score his 12th goal in 11 games.

The goal was one of two from Zibanejad who would give the Rangers a 3-2 lead in the third period. But what it came down to was the Rangers not getting the goaltending they needed Tuesday from Lundqvist.

Lundqvist would allow two more in the third, and clearly did not look like he was on his game after having three days off.

Lundqvist was clearly playing for contact and it took his focus away from the puck eventually leading to the tie game.

The Rangers tried to come back but, the one-goal deficit was just too much for them to handle in closing minutes. They will look to make a few adjustments before the return to game action Friday in Buffalo against the Sabres.

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Dominick is a graduate of Canisius College. He has covered the Rangers for the last seven seasons and the Yankees for the last four.