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Rangers Lose 3-0 Lead and Fall to Jets for First Shootout Defeat

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Mark Scheifele started Winnipeg’s third-period comeback and then got the deciding goal in the shootout as the Jets rallied to beat the Rangers, 4-3, on Sunday night at Madison Square Garden.

Jack Roslovic and Bryan Little also scored in the third as the Jets erased a 3-0 deficit and won their third straight. Jacob Trouba had two assists, and Connor Hellebuyck stopped 16 shots.

“We know we got a lot of skill,” Scheifele said. “We know we can put three goals in a period.”

Marc Staal had a goal and an assist, and Chris Kreider and Jesper Fast also scored for the Rangers. Henrik Lundqvist made 39 saves through overtime but could not stop the Rangers from losing for the fourth time in five games. The Rangers lost in a shootout for the first time this season in five such games.

“They owned us, we tried to survive for two periods,” Lundqvist said. “They just kept coming. When a game is played like that, you know they are going to have enough looks to come back.”

Mika Zibanejad, who had two assists, scored in the second round of the shootout for the Rangers, and Patrik Laine then tied it. After Hellebuyck forced Jimmy Vesey wide, Scheifele — who scored the winner in overtime against the Devils on Saturday — beat Lundqvist for the win.

“That is one heck of a hockey team,” Rangers Coach David Quinn said of the Jets. “Probably the best team we have seen all year.”

Winnipeg trailed, 3-0, after two periods before Scheifele and Roslovic scored in the first 4 minutes 36 seconds of the third. Scheifele extended his point streak to five games and has five goals and four assists during that stretch.

Little tied it with 2:30 left in regulation when he buried a long-rebound opportunity. Nikolaj Ehlers fired a hard slap shot that caromed off the pads of Lundqvist right to Little’s stick.

“They got a pretty good guy in between the pipes,” the Jets’ captain, Blake Wheeler said. “Our mind-set going into the third was just try to throw everything at him, see if we can squeak one by him and get a little momentum.”

Fast opened the scoring late in the first period after executing a give-and-go with Zibanejad with 2:28 left. Zibanejad exited the penalty box after the Rangers successfully killed off three opening-period penalties and led an odd-man rush. Neal Pionk skated hard toward the net, which opened up a passing lane for Zibanejad to find Fast cutting to the back post.

Winnipeg outshot the Rangers by 11-4 but trailed, 1-0, after 20 minutes.

Staal doubled the Rangers’ lead when his sharp-angle wrist shot beat Hellebuyck with 7:49 left in the second period. Kreider made it 3-0 when he redirected Zibanejad’s shot with 1:06 left.

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