NHL-Rangers ground Jets to close in on Eastern title


Thu, 29 Mar 04:09:00 2012

The New York Rangers fought back from two goals down to beat Winnipeg 4-2 on Wednesday and take another step towards clinching the Eastern Conference title.

The win over the Jets was the Rangers' fifth in six games and gave them a five-point lead in the East.

However, the visitors got off to a slow start and after a scoreless opening period fell behind 2-0 within the first five minutes of the second after Spencer Machacek and Bryan Little put Winnipeg ahead.

That seemed to wake New York from their slumber and goals from Michael Del Zotto and Ryan Callahan tied the game before the end of the period.

Brian Boyle put the Rangers ahead for the first time in the game early in the third and Derek Stepan wrapped up the scoring midway through the period.

While the Rangers (49-21-7) continue to keep their noses in front of Atlantic rivals Pittsburgh in the race for the East's top seed, Winnipeg's (35-34-8) playoff hopes are hanging by a thread. The Jets are eight points out of a playoff spot with five games remaining.

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