Hayes Grounds Jets with Last Minute Goal 2-1
Coming into the game with a depleted roster, mainly now missing Rick Nash and Jimmy Vesey among the “wounded” the Rangers found a way to come out on top.
With 1:09 left in regulation and the Rangers on the power play, Kevin Hayes put one past Winnipeg Goaltender Michael Hutchinson for the Power Play Goal and the Game Winner. Both Rangers goals came on the power play tonight, the first scored by Chris Kreider, his 7th goal of the season and of course Hayes game winner.
The Rangers owned most of the first period playing a good amount of time in the Winnipeg end. On many different occasions the Rangers should have been able to put this game away early but it seemed as though when a chance came about that elusive black disc know as a puck just slid off their sticks at the most inopportune times. Most of those missed chances were when the Winnipeg Jets’ net was wide open on the shooter’s side.
The Second period it looked as though the ice tilted, this time in favor of the home team Jets. All but possibly five minutes of play was in Winnipeg’s favor. The Rangers were lucky to head to intermission tied at 1 and not down by 1 or more.
The third period saw back and forth play by both teams even though the Rangers were on the penalty kill twice in the closing period, the defense and Antti Raanta held strong keeping the Jets off the board for 3 of 3 power plays. Although not facing many shots, 18 in all, Raanta was there again for the Rangers and improved his season record to 6-1-0.
The Rangers get right back to work tomorrow night in Chicago versus the Blackhawks, Puck Drop 8:00 PM.
FINAL GAME STATS
NEW YORK RANGERS 2 WINNIPEG JETS 1 FINAL REGULATION
SOG: NYR 24 WPG 18
POWER PLAY: NYR 1/3 WPG 0/3
NYR Raanta 17 SV
WPG Hutchinsom 22 SV
8:02 NYR Chris Kreider 7 (power-play) (Assists: Derek Stepan 14, Mats Zuccarello 11) NYR 1 – WPG 0
9:51 WPG Mark Scheifele (14) (Assists: Paul Postma 5, Dustin Byfuglien 16) NYR 1 – WPG 1
18:51 NYR Kevin Hayes 11 (Assists: Ryan McDonagh 14, J.T Miller 13) NYR 2 WPG 1
6:51 WPG Mark Scheifele (Interference – 2 min) drawn by Brady Skjei
18:01 WPG Andrew Copp (Hooking – 2 min) drawn by Brady Skjei
15:08 NYR Nick Holden (Delay of Game (Puck Over the Glass) – 2 min)
15:59 WPG Jacob Trouba (Slashing – 2 min) drawn by Michael Grabner
6:19 NYR Josh Jooris (Tripping – 2 min) drawn by Nikolaj Ehlers
11:28 NYR Michael Grabner (High-Sticking – 2 min) drawn by Brandon Tanev
17:04 WPG Drew Stafford (High-Sticking – 2 min) drawn by Dan Girardi
RANGERS STARS OF THE GAME:
1. KEVIN HAYES
2. CHRIS KREIDER
RANGERS QUICK STATS:
Derek Stepan and Ryan McDonagh are tied for the team lead in assits with 14 each.
Stepan leads the Rangers in power play assists with 6.
Chris Kreider extended his point streak to four games, tying his career-high. He has posted two four-game point streaks this season.
Over his last 82 games (since 12/6/15), J.T. Miller has recorded 51 points (26 G, 25 A) & a +20 rating. He leads NYR in goals over the span.