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Rangers' Carl Hagelin has hat trick to beat Winnipeg Jets 4-2 Friday

Friday, 03.14.2014 / 10:45 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Rangers' Carl Hagelin has hat trick to beat Winnipeg Jets 4-2 Friday

WINNIPEG - Carl Hagelin's hat trick gave the New York Rangers a 4-2 win Friday over a struggling Winnipeg Jets team that has lost six in a row.

Chris Kreider also scored for New York (36-28-4).

Dustin Byfuglien and Andrew Ladd scored for the Jets (30-29-9), who haven't won a game since Mar. 1 and are fighting to keep their playoff hopes alive. This time, the Jets failed to pick up a point as they have in three of their last six losses which went to overtime or a shootout.

It was a run-and-gun night for both teams. The Jets outshot the Rangers 32-23 but couldn't get past Henrik Lundqvist in the New York net after the first period.

The Rangers were wrapping up a three-game road trip and coming off a 2-1 loss in Minnesota Thursday, but came out fast and scored on just their third shot of the game.

Hagelin deflected his first past Winnipeg netminder Ondrej Pavelec at 1:15. The goal had barely been announced when Byfuglien evened things up at 2:33 as he batted Blake Wheeler's rebound past Lundqvist.

Less than a minute later, Ladd celebrated his 600th NHL game by putting the Jets up 2-1, when he found the upper corner of the New York net with a wrister from the faceoff circle on Lundqvist's stick side at 3:26.

Winnipeg was cycling the puck in the Rangers' zone until Kreider broke away and scored at 11:28 with Winnipeg defenceman Zach Bogosian on his heels.

Neither team managed a shot during their one power play each in the first period and the Jets outshot the Rangers 11-8.

Al Montoya took over for Pavelec in the Winnipeg net at the start of the second and the team reported that their starting netminder had an unspecified lower-body injury.

The Rangers and Jets traded plenty of scoring chances in the second and Winnipeg outshot New York 11-7. But with eight seconds left, Martin St. Louis fed Hagelin from behind the net and he flipped in a backhander.

He put in his third at 8:50 of the third period off a pass from Brad Richards on a two-man Rush that beat Montoya through the five hole.

Notes: This was the second meeting this year between the Rangers and Jets. Winnipeg won the first 5-2 at Madison Square Garden Dec. 2.

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There's standards that this team is going to play to and there are expectations. We're going to hold these guys accountable to high standards.

— Coach Dave Lowry on Canada's junior team, the defending IIHF World Junior champions