Kane, Wheeler score in SO; Jets top Rangers 1-0
NEW YORK (AP) -- Evander Kane and Blake Wheeler scored in the shootout to lift the Winnipeg Jets to 1-0 victory over the New York Rangers on Saturday night.
Winnipeg's Ondrej Pavelec was excellent throughout, making 36 saves in regulation and two in overtime including a breakaway stop on Martin St. Louis. He allowed a goal to Mats Zuccarello to start the shootout but denied the next three attempts.
The shutout was his first this season as the Jets improved to 5-5-1.
The Rangers (5-4-1) were forced to play with only four defensemen for the final two periods and overtime after captain Ryan McDonagh and Kevin Klein were injured in the first.
McDonagh sustained a separated shoulder on a hard check into the boards by Kane. Klein left with a bruised foot after blocking a shot.
The shutout was the second this season for New York's Henrik Lundqvist and 52nd of his NHL career. He made 25 saves, including a glove stop on a shot by Toby Enstrom with just under two minutes left in the third period.
New York, which hadn't played since a furious comeback win over Minnesota on Monday, struggled again on the power play - going 0 for 5.. The Rangers have only two man-advantage goals in 10 games this season.
McDonagh was forced out when his left shoulder was rammed into the boards behind the New York net with just over eight minutes left in the first period. McDonagh hurt the same shoulder last April against Vancouver, forcing him to miss the final five regular-season games.
New York was left with Dan Girardi, Marc Staal, Matt Hunwick and Mike Kostka the rest of the game, with Girardi logging 34 minutes, 50 seconds of ice. Staal played 29:33.
The Rangers were already missing John Moore, who served the first game of a five-game suspension, and fellow defenseman Dan Boyle, who broke a hand in the season opener.
Kostka hadn't played since Oct. 14 when he committed two turnovers that directly led to New York Islanders goals.
The Jets playing the third game of a four-game trip that ends Sunday at Chicago. They beat the Islanders and lost in a shootout to New Jersey since the Rangers' previous game.
NOTES: Lundqvist passed Gump Worsley for second on the Rangers' career games list among goalies with his 583rd appearance. Mike Richter leads with 666. ... The Jets have the longest streak in the NHL without a hat trick. Their last three-goal game was by from Eric Boulton on Dec. 18, 2010, when the franchise was the Atlanta Thrashers. ... The Rangers scratched forward Ryan Malone. Kevin Hayes returned to the lineup.
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