Saturday, April 19, 2014

Jets keep rolling on the road

NEW YORK—Olli Jokinen’s third-period outburst for the Winnipeg Jets put any talk of a N.Y. Rangers’ goalie controversy to rest.
Not that there was much of one to begin with.

Jokinen scored the go-ahead and insurance goals against rookie Cam Talbot that pushed the Jets to a 5-2 victory over New York last night.
By the time Blake Wheeler put a puck into an empty net in the final minute, Talbot was on the bench mulling his second NHL loss.
“I thought I felt all right; still not where I wanted to be,” said Talbot, who made 25 saves in his second-straight start over Henrik Lundqvist.
“Four goals is not going to cut it,” he stressed.
“I can’t expect the guys to go and score five goals for me every night.”
Up until this one, three was plenty for Talbot to win. He already has two shutouts to his credit and hadn’t allowed more than two goals in his first seven starts—a Rangers’ record.
Jokinen broke a 2-2 tie with 7:18 left and scored again 5:24 later.
The former Rangers’ forward, who also assisted on Devin Setoguchi’s tying goal in the second period, gathered the puck after a strange carom and fired it in.
Jokinen then squeezed his sixth of the season between Talbot’s pads to make it 4-2 with 1:54 left.
Talbot had won six-straight starts, including a victory Saturday over Vancouver in his Madison Square Garden debut when he made a career-best 35 saves.
John Albert also scored in his NHL debut for Winnipeg, which got 35 saves from Ondrej Pavelec in the fourth-game of its season-high, six-game road trip (3-1).
Mats Zuccarello and Ryan Callahan had goals for New York (14-14).
Rangers’ coach Alain Vigneault wouldn’t reveal who the goalie would be Thursday at Buffalo. After that, New York will begin a nine-game homestand.
The Rangers—4-3 in their last seven—haven’t been more than one over .500 this season.
“We’re definitely not getting the traction that I know we want,” Vigneault said.
“The only way we’re going to get traction and get better is by playing more consistent hockey,” he stressed.
“Is this team a .500 hockey club? We’re certainly playing like one.”
Elsewhere in the NHL, Montreal nipped New Jersey 3-2, Minnesota blanked Philadelphia 2-0, and L.A. edged St. Louis 3-2.

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