Mika Zibanejad scores in overtime as Rangers beat Jets

Mika Zibanejad scored 4:34 into overtime and the New York Rangers beat the Winnipeg Jets 3-2 on Monday night for their fifth straight win.

Rangers forward Artemi Panarin celebrated his 32nd birthday with a goal and two assists, extending his early-season point streak to nine games. Chris Kreider scored his sixth goal for New York and Igor Shesterkin stopped 27 shots.

The Rangers closed out the road trip 5-0. It was the first time in franchise history that a team had a perfect trip of at least five games.

David Gustaffson and Nikolaj Ehlers scored for the Jets in front of 11,898 fans at the Canada Life Centre, the second-highest attendance of the season.

Cole Perfetti had two assists and Connor Hellebuyck made 23 saves for Winnipeg, which is riding a five-game hitting streak (3-0-2).

By the third period, the teams were tied 1:1.

Panarin scored the first goal of the game when he deflected a pass from former Jets defenseman Jacob Trouba into the net with 1:36 left in the opening period.

Gustaffson equalized 28 seconds later with his second goal of the season.

New York got their first power play 1:06 into the second and almost scored. Vincent Trocheck’s shot hit Hellebuyck’s pad, then the post and sat on the goal line. Jets linebacker Brenden Dillon swooped in and swept him away.

Ehlers beat Shesterkin with a layup at 5:08 of the period. It was his second goal of the season and his 400th career point.

Kreider tipped in Adam Fox’s shot on the power play to tie the game at 13:12.

Winnipeg went into overtime on the power play after New York defenseman Ryan Lindgren was called for tripping with 19 seconds left in the period, but was unable to capitalize.

The Jets honored former captain Blake Wheeler with a video midway through the first period.

Wheeler spent 13 seasons with the organization, including his final 12 with the Jets after the Atlanta Thrashers moved to Winnipeg in 2011. The final year of his contract was bought out in the offseason and he signed a one-year deal with the Rangers.

He brought his wife and three children to the game.

“It’s weird to tie a bow on the whole experience,” he told reporters after Monday’s morning skate.


Rangers: Return home to host the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday.

Jets: Travel to Vegas to play the Golden Knights on Thursday.

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