What Dustin Byfuglien did to JT Miller (Updates)

JT Miller3/31/ 15 |11:22PM: Valiquette added that he thinks it should be an in-person hearing of at least five games and said “what is the intent of the player here? It is to injure, out-right decapitate, put him out of the lineup permanently. This is not someone that anyone endorses.”

Valiquette added that it reminded him of Chris Simon and Ryan Hollweg and that you could see that night that Simon had the intent to injure.

11:17PM: Alain Vigneault said on MSG, “violent, deliberate, could have broken his neck. I don’t know what will happen but it’s one of the most vicious cross checks I have seen this year.”

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Game Recap: Rangers 3 — Jets 2

Recap: The Rangers ended their two-game losing streak at Winnipeg, which is battling for the second wild-card playoff spot in the Western Conference.

Need to Know: Chris Kreider scored with 3:46 remaining to lead the Rangers as Henrik Lundqvist (32 saves) picked up his first win since returning to action after missing 25 games.

Dan Girardi had a career-high 10 blocked shots, the most by a Ranger since the league began tracking the statistic in 2005. . . The Jets outshot the Rangers, 34-23.

Mats Zuccarello tied it six minutes after Jim Slater gave Winnipeg a 1-0 lead 3:16 into the first period. Zuccarello scored his 15th goal of the season and has has three goals and five assists in the past seven games.

Former Ranger Lee Stempniak put the Jets back ahead 1:25 into the second. Derrick Brassard re-tied it 8:12 later on a power-play goal. The Rangers’ power play was 1-for-27 in 13 games before Brassard’s goal.

Rick Nash and Brassard assisted Zuccarello’s goal. Nash has 19 of his 40 goals this season in the third period, but just four of his 26 assists in the third.

Links: AP recap | Box Score

What’s Next: The Rangers visit Minnesota Thursday (8 p.m.)

Lee Stempniak plays the Rangers for the first time since being traded

Lee StempniakSince being traded by the Rangers at the trade deadline for Carl Klingberg, Lee Stempniak has 2 goals, 3 assists, a minus 4 rating and 20 shots on goal in 12 games.

Stempniak had 9 goals and 9 assists with the Rangers in 53 games.

He went from averaging 9:40 per game in 14 February games to 13:38 in 12 March games.

Stempaniak said on Tuesday (WPG):

  • That the Rangers are a good, fast team and the Jets can’t play into them by turning the pucks over.

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Jets coach Paul Maurice on the Rangers

Jets coach Paul Maurice spoke about the Rangers today and praised their speed and ability to move the puck up the ice. (WPG)

Maurice said that the Rangers move the puck in a “straight line” which is different from how a team like Chicago moves it up the ice. (WPG)

Maurice said that the Rangers move the puck from end to end with tape to tape passes and great speed. He added that when you play a team with speed you can’t give them any extra space on the ice.  (WPG)

The Rangers lost to the Jets back in November 1-0 in a shootout in the game where Ryan McDonagh separated his shoulder.

Henrik Lundqvist in net tonight against Winnipeg

HenrikHenrik Lundqvist will make his second start since returning from his injury tonight against Winnipeg. (NYR)

Lundqvist stopped 26 of 30 shots on Saturday in the Rangers loss to Boston.

In his career, Lundqvist is 4-2 against the Jets and 2-1 in Winnipeg.

In the games at the MTS Center in Winnipeg, Lundqvist has stopped 82 of 88 shots and has a save percentage of .931.