Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Vesey's Third-Period Goal Leads Rangers to 3-1 Road Win over Jets

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Vesey's Third-Period Goal Leads Rangers to 3-1 Road Win over Jets

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Vesey's goal lifts Rangers past Jets 3-1.

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WINNIPEG - Henrik Lundqvist left Winnipeg satisfied with how his team earned two points.

The Jets threw 38 shots at the veteran New York Rangers goalie and lost 3-1 on Sunday. Lundqvist kept New York hanging around long enough for Jimmy Vesey to score the go-ahead goal with 3:53 left in the third period.

"This win is so important in so many ways," Lundqvist said. "To be able to go on the road and beat a really good team. The way we do it, stick with it, and in the end we come up with a couple big plays. That's how you're going to win a lot of games."

Rangers defenceman Brady Skjei had fired a shot that hit a Jets player then went in off Vesey, who was returning to action after sitting out three games with a concussion. Michael Grabner added an empty-net goal with 43 seconds left.

Mats Zuccarello ended a 21-game goal-scoring drought in the first period with his ninth of the season for the Rangers.

Connor Hellebuyck made 25 saves for Winnipeg (32-15-9), which lost consecutive games at home for the first time this season.

Lundqvist also picked up the win when he replaced an injured Ondrej Pavelec in a 4-3 home victory against Calgary Friday.

"Of course he's a great goalie," said Jets forward Nikolaj Ehlers, who scored his team's lone goal. "He made some pretty cool saves today and definitely made a difference. I still think we had a lot of chances, but some days they go in and some days they don't."

The Rangers (27-24-5) were starting a four-game road trip and are 2-4-0 in their past six games.

Winnipeg appeared to make it 2-2 with 1:22 remaining when Dustin Byfuglien's point shot was deflected in by Mark Scheifele, but the goal was called off because of a high stick.

Lundqvist didn't doubt it was the right call.

"Not really, because I was so high with my glove to catch that puck," he said. …

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