NEW YORK – The Jets were looking to rebound after a sluggish loss on Friday against the Flyers as they were in the bright lights and the mystique in Madison Square Garden visiting the Rangers and they stuck to their game plan and came away with an impressive 5-2 win to improve to 3-1 on this six-game road trip.
Ondrej Pavelec made 35 saves in net to get the win. He was also named the game’s third star as he made some spectacular saves throughout the game.
Rangers’ rookie goalie Cam Talbot took the loss after winning six starts in a row.
“Obviously four goals is not going to cut it,” Talbot said. “I can’t expect the guys to score five goals for me every night, so I’ve got to do a better job of eliminating their opportunities.”
Coach Claude Noel had to do some line juggling as Evander Kane was out with injury and he was replaced on the second line with tough guy Chris Thorburn who did not look out of place as he contributed two helpers on the night and was a plus two.
“The road trip has been good so far. We knew this was a game that could go either way,” Jets coach Claude Noel said. “We were patient with it and it ended up turning our way as the game went on.”
Rookie John Albert was also in the lineup for Winnipeg as he was recently recalled from the St. John’s IceCaps of the AHL. He scored his 1st NHL goal as well and it was a big one as he roofed it after receiving a beauty feed from Dustin Byfuglien to give the Jets a 2-1 lead. Albert had family and friends drive in from Cleveland for his debut in the Show.
The Jets got goals from Devin Setoguchi his 7th, Albert his 1st, Olli Jokinen got his 5th and 6th , Blake Wheeler his 6th into an empty net.
“Sometimes you get the bounces. I wasn’t expecting it at all. I was just trying to be third guy high,” Jokinen said. “Somehow the puck came to me and I was able to put it in. It was a lucky bounce, that’s for sure.”
The line of Jokinen, Setoguchi, and Thorburn combined for 7 points in the game.
Despite being outshot 37-29 in the game Winnipeg didn’t panic early and stayed the course and created chances on turnovers and good defensive play in their own end.1
“Good teams fight through that and play through that and find a way to get it done,” Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said. “We gave them opportunities, we gave them odd-man rushes, we turned the puck over. We gave them momentum and from there they got some life. We tied it up, but in the third we made the same mistakes we made at the beginning of the second and it cost us.”
Anthony Peluso, back in the lineup, contributed as he dropped the mitts with Ranger giant Justin Falk and got the unanimous decision in this one.
The Rangers got goals from Mats Zuccarello his 4th and Ryan Callahan his 7th of the season.
Byfuglien led the Jets with just under twenty nine minutes of ice time.
Rookie rear guard Jacob Trouba was stellar as he had twenty plus minutes of ice and had 8 blocked shots and two assists in the game.
The Jets will head to Florida for a Thursday game against the Panthers and hope to keep their winning ways.
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