Jets hand over win to Rangers

Winnipeg Jets defenceman Dustin Byfuglien (right) battles New York Rangers defenceman Dan Girardi...

Winnipeg Jets defenceman Dustin Byfuglien (right) battles New York Rangers defenceman Dan Girardi in front of Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, March 14, 2014. (KEVIN KING/QMI Agency)

Paul Friesen, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:09 PM ET

The Winnipeg Jets did many things right against the New York Rangers Friday night, but just enough things wrong to give away another critical game.

Weak goaltending and a brain cramp at a bad time handed the Rangers a 4-2 win and put another crimp in Winnipeg’s fading playoff chances.

Ondrej Pavelec and Al Montoya gave up soft goals, while the Jets allowed New York to break a 2-2 stalemate with just eight seconds left in the second period, producing Winnipeg’s sixth straight loss.

The Jets (30-29-9) face the danger of falling even further out of a playoff spot, as Dallas was leading Calgary, Friday. Winnipeg trailed the Stars by five points going into the night, and Dallas has two games in hand.

The two teams square off in Winnipeg, Sunday.

Carl Hagelin opened opened the scoring on a deflection just 1:15 into the game.

The Jets needed just over a minute to tie it, Dustin Byfuglien swatting one out of mid-air for his 17th goal of the season.

 


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