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.
The teams kept the tempo high in the second period, and the Jets went ahead 2-1 on Miettinen's first goal of the season in his seventh game.
Byfuglien sent a wrist shot from the point at Lundqvist, who was screened by Miettinen. The puck deflected off Miettinen and found the net at...