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Kreider snaps 3rd-period tie, Rangers rally in front of Lundqvist and beat Jets 3-2

  • New York Rangers' Derick Brassard (16) is congratulated by teammates after scoring against the Winnipeg Jets during the second period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, March 31, 2015, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, John Woods)

    New York Rangers' Derick Brassard (16) is congratulated by teammates after scoring against the Winnipeg Jets during the second period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, March 31, 2015, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, John Woods)  (The Associated Press)

  • Winnipeg Jets' Jim Slater (19) scores on New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) as Matt Hunwick (44) and Keith Yandle (93) defend during the first period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, March 31, 2015, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, John Woods)

    Winnipeg Jets' Jim Slater (19) scores on New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) as Matt Hunwick (44) and Keith Yandle (93) defend during the first period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, March 31, 2015, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, John Woods)  (The Associated Press)

  • New York Rangers' Mats Zuccarello (36) and Derick Brassard (16) celebrate Zuccarello's goal against the Winnipeg Jets during the first period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, March 31, 2015, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, John Woods)

    New York Rangers' Mats Zuccarello (36) and Derick Brassard (16) celebrate Zuccarello's goal against the Winnipeg Jets during the first period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, March 31, 2015, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, John Woods)  (The Associated Press)

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.