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Mike Zibanejad and Barclay Goodrow also scored for the Rangers, and Artemi Panarin and Jacob Trouba each had two assists. New York won its third straight game.
“The team is playing well,” Kreider said. “Our game has been clicking. I’m playing with some amazing linemates and amazing defenses every time I’m on the ice.”
Igor Shesterkin stopped 45 shots to earn his 28th victory of the season.
“Yeah, I had a lot of work today, but we did a great job,” said Shesterkin, who leads the league in goals against average (1.93) and save percentage (.942). “Shots blocked, lots of. PK, great work and solid play.”
It has become obsolete for Rangers coach Gerard Gallant.
“Same old, same old,” he said. “He’s played really well. He’s solid and made great saves, especially in the first period of the game. We got the lead early. It wasn’t a great game. I mean the shots (46 for Winnipeg) didn’t tell the game for me. … He made some key saves.”
Nikolaj Ehlers scored for Winnipeg and Connor Hellebuyck finished with 18 saves.
“He (Shesterkin) had a pretty good season and he’s a pretty good goalie,” Ehlers said. “The shots are okay, but we say it a lot. We had some traffic in front of the net, but I think not enough. We had some good chances, so that will come.”
Winnipeg lost for the sixth time in eight games and is eight points behind Nashville for the second wild card in the Western Conference.
“Obviously there are things that need to change and we need to do it now,” Ehlers said. “I don’t know how many games we have left, 26, 27, we want to make the playoffs, we have to start winning some games. It’s not three or four games. It’s now.”
Kreider got his second of the night, and 38th of the season, when he beat Jets defenseman Mike Schmidt to the puck and hit a backhand puck to Hellebuyck to give the Rangers a 3-1 lead at 6:21 of the third. Kreider tied Edmonton’s Leon Draisaitl for second in the NHL in scoring, one behind Toronto’s Auston Matthews.
“Yeah, he’s rolling pretty well,” Rangers coach Gerard Gallant said of Kreider. “A great power play goal tonight and he scored another good goal, so the big guys are scoring big goals at key moments. He gave us quite a bit of control of the game.”
Zibanejad deflected Trouba’s slap shot from the spot to increase the lead to 4-1 and close out the match at 9:32.
Kreider, who was on Hellebuyck’s doorstep, scored on the power play with 2:32 left in the first to make it 2-0. It was their 19th league leader with the man advantage.
The Rangers opened the scoring early in the first when Goodrow threw Trouba’s perfect pass past Hellebuyck at 2:01.
Ehlers lured the Jets with a power-play goal with 6:26 remaining in the second period.
Winnipeg finished 1 for 6 on the power play. The Rangers went 1 for 2.
UNTIL NEXT TIME
Rangers: At Minnesota on Tuesday night in the second of a four-game road trip.
Jets: Host Tampa Bay on Tuesday night in the third of a four-game homestand.