New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Evander Kane's successful shot in the fourth round of the shootout provided the difference in the Winnipeg Jets' 1-0 decision over the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden.
Blake Wheeler also scored during the deciding phase and Ondrej Pavelec turned in a stellar effort between the pipes for the Jets, turning aside all 38 shots he faced between regulation and overtime and thwarting 3-of-4 New York skaters in the shootout.
"We haven't been able to give the guy a whole lot of goal support, so he figured out how to win the game," Jets head coach Paul Maurice said of Pavelec. "Just spectacular."
Pavelec's first shutout of the season helped improve Winnipeg to 3-0-1 over its last four games.
Henrik Lundqvist was outstanding as well in a 25-save performance for the Rangers, now 4-1-1 over their last six outings.
"We played a real strong game," Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said. "(The loss) wasn't for lack of effort or execution. We played one of our best games of the year."
After both goaltenders remained perfect through the five-minute overtime period, each team managed to sneak an attempt through to begin the shootout, with Wheeler answering Mats Zuccarello's blast past Pavelec on the Rangers' first try.
The next two rounds went without a goal and Pavelec made a glove save on Martin St. Louis to start the fourth. Kane then sent a rising shot over Lundqvist's shoulder and into the left corner of the net to give Winnipeg the two points.
Pavelec kept the contest scoreless with 10 first-period saves and the Jets killed off two early penalties. He came up with 16 more stops in the second before turning away 10 chances in the third.
The Rangers had an opportunity to pull ahead late when Winnipeg's Andrew Ladd was sent off for holding midway through the third period, but managed just one shot during the 5-on-4 situation.
New York ended the night 0-for-5 on the power play. The Jets were 0-for-3.
"We had plenty of chances to get this done in regulation and we couldn't do it," Vigneault remarked.
Rangers captain Ryan McDonagh exited the game in the first period with a separated left shoulder, while fellow defenseman Kevin Klein left later for New York with a bruised foot ... Lundqvist recorded the 52nd shutout of his career ... The Rangers had a three-game home win streak halted ... New York defenseman John Moore began serving a five-game suspension for illegal checking Minnesota's Erik Haula in the head during Monday's matchup with the Wild ... The Jets are 2-0-1 on a four-game road trip that ends Sunday in Chicago.