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Kane, Jokinen score two goals each as Jets beat Rangers

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Associated Press
2/26/2013 10:41:24 PM
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NEW YORK -- Olli Jokinen scored twice and Evander Kane had a goal and assist in the second period for the surging Winnipeg Jets, who completed a dominant road trip with a 4-3 victory over the injury-riddled and slumping New York Rangers on Tuesday night.

After a scoreless first period, Jokinen broke the deadlock 5:55 into the second off an assist from Kane, who then gave Winnipeg a 2-0 lead 1:07 later with his eighth goal of the season. Anthony Peluso also had two assists in the period.

Kane added his second of the game and ninth of the season in the third period -- in between a pair of Rangers tallies -- as three goals were scored in a span of 1:13 that brought New York within 4-3.

Kane has scored in four straight games and in five of six. He also has an eight-game point streak, notching six goals and four assists in the spurt.

Ondrej Pavelec, playing in his eighth straight game, made 30 saves for the win.

Ryan Callahan cut New York's deficit in half 2:26 after Kane's first goal, but Jokinen struck again with 5:13 left in the second to give the Jets another two-goal advantage.

Taylor Pyatt deflected in Anton Stralman's shot to get the Rangers within 3-2 at 9:17 of the third, but Kane restored Winnipeg's two-goal lead 20 seconds later.

That, too, was short-lived as Stralman scored his third of the season at 10:30.

Winnipeg held on from there to finish 4-1 on its five-game trip -- the Jets' longest of the season -- and send New York to its fourth straight loss (0-3-1).

The Rangers had one more chance to get even, but couldn't connect on a late third-period power play. Henrik Lundqvist stopped 28 shots for New York.

Callahan's goal snapped the Rangers' shutout streak at 102 minutes, 53 seconds, dating to the third period of a loss at Ottawa on Thursday. New York was then shut out at Montreal on Saturday before returning for a four-game homestand that began Tuesday.

Jokinen, who played briefly for the Rangers in the 2009-10 season, has scored three of his five goals this season in a three-game span.

The Rangers have mustered 11 goals in six games, going 1-3-2, and have only six in the four games that star forward Rick Nash has missed because of suspected concussion symptoms.

New York was also without injured defencemen Ryan McDonagh and Michael Del Zotto, along with forward Arron Asham. Darroll Powe rejoined the lineup after missing three games because of a concussion.

Both teams had one power-play opportunity in the otherwise uneventful first period when Winnipeg held a 9-7 edge in shots.

Callahan nearly gave the Rangers the lead just after the midway point in the period when he darted through the Winnipeg zone past defenceman Grant Clitsome and in on Pavelec. Callahan skated below the goal line and tried to put the puck back behind Pavelec, but couldn't get it past the goalie from the tough angle.

Callahan then provided a gutty effort in the second after his stick broke as he blocked a shot. The Rangers captain went on to block two more shots in a frantic sequence without a stick, swiped a puck away with his hand, and land a pair of body checks before he was able to get off the ice.

NOTES: The Rangers had been 18-3-2 in their previous 23 games against Southeast Division opponents. ... Winnipeg will play its next two games at home before going out on another four-game trip.



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