Jokinen scores 2 in 3rd, lifts Jets over Rangers

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 2, 2013 at 10:01 pm •  Published: December 2, 2013
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NEW YORK (AP) — Olli Jokinen's third-period outburst for the Winnipeg Jets put any talk of a New York Rangers goalie controversy to rest.

Not that there was much of one to begin with.

Jokinen scored the go-ahead and insurance goals against rookie Cam Talbot and pushed the Jets to a 5-2 victory over New York on Monday night.

By the time Blake Wheeler put a puck into an empty net in the final minute, Talbot was on the bench mulling his second NHL loss.

"I thought I felt all right, still not where I wanted to be," said Talbot, who made 25 saves in his second straight start over Henrik Lundqvist. "Four goals is not going to cut it. I can't expect the guys to go and score five goals for me every night."

Up until this one, three was plenty for Talbot to win. He already has two shutouts to his credit and he hadn't allowed more than two goals in his first seven starts — a Rangers record.

Jokinen broke a 2-2 tie with 7:18 left and scored again 5:24 later. The former Rangers forward, who also assisted on Devin Setoguchi's tying goal in the second period, gathered the puck after a strange carom and fired it in.

"Their guy just kind of rimmed it back behind the net," Talbot said. "I think it hit his skate right behind and ricocheted off and went out front. It actually did hit my stick, but it ended up right back at front.

"That's my fault. I've got to put it right back to the corner," he added.

Jokinen then squeezed his sixth of the season between Talbot's pads to make it 4-2 with 1:54 left.

Talbot had won six straight starts, including a victory Saturday over Vancouver in his Madison Square Garden debut when he made a career-best 35 saves.

John Albert also scored in his NHL debut for Winnipeg, which got 35 saves from Ondrej Pavelec in the fourth-game of its season-high, six-game road trip (3-1).

"This was a really great win," Jokinen said. "We played another solid road game. I'm very glad to get the two goals and see Albert get his first goal on his first shot.

"I was telling him about a guy back home who scored on his first seven shots, so he's got a ways to go," he said.

Mats Zuccarello and Ryan Callahan had goals for New York (14-14).

Rangers coach Alain Vigneault wouldn't reveal who the goalie would be Thursday at Buffalo. After that, New York will begin a nine-game homestand.

The Rangers, 4-3 in their last seven, haven't been more than one over .500 this season.



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