WINNIPEG, Manitoba – Ondrej Pavelec made 28 saves, and the Winnipeg Jets held on to beat the New York Rangers 3-1 on Thursday night.
Nik Antropov scored the game's first goal, Antti Miettinen had his first goal of the season, and Andrew Ladd had an empty-netter with 39 seconds left for Winnipeg (14-11-2). It was Ladd's 14th goal of the season. Dustin Byfuglien had a pair of assists for the Jets.
Ryan Callahan was the lone scorer for the Rangers (13-11-2), who had dropped two straight in the middle of a four-game road trip. Hendrik Lundqvist stopped 30 shots.
Eighth-place Winnipeg has a two-point lead over the Rangers in the Eastern Conference playoff race, but the Jets have played one more game than New York.