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WINNIPEG, Manitoba – Chris Kreider scored with 3:46 left in the third period, and Henrik Lundqvist and the New York Rangers rallied to beat the Winnipeg Jets 3-2 on Tuesday night.
Lundqvist, playing for the second time since missing 25 games with a neck injury, stopped 32 shots and earned his first win in his return.
Kreider beat defensemen Adam Pardy and Dustin Byfuglien near the blue line and sent a backhand deke past sprawling goalie Ondrej Pavelec to break a 2-2 tie.
The playoff-bound Rangers (48-21-7) also got goals from Mats Zuccarello and Derick Brassard, snapped a two-game skid, and moved one point ahead of Montreal atop the Eastern Conference.
Jim Slater and Lee Stempniak scored for Winnipeg (39-26-12). Pavelec made 21 saves in the loss.