NEW YORK -- In a season in which the Southeast Division is ripe for the taking, the Winnipeg Jets have been trying to give it away over the past week.
The trend continued Monday at Madison Square Garden. Staked to an early lead, the Jets faltered on the power play and watched a 2-1 lead against the New York Rangers turn into a 4-2 loss, their third in a row and sixth in the past nine games.
Even with that extended slide, the Jets were in control of the division after a 4-1 road victory against the Carolina Hurricanes last Tuesday. The Jets held a six-point lead on the Hurricanes, who had played three fewer games at the time, but that lead has become more precarious after losing to the Rangers.