WINNIPEG, Manitoba-- The Winnipeg Jets seized sole possession of eighth place in the NHL's Eastern Conference with a 3-1 victory over the New York Rangers on Thursday night at MTS Centre.
Both clubs came into the game with 28 points, but the Jets improved to 14-11-2 to vault in front. New York fell to 13-11-2.
The Jets, 7-3-1 over their last 11 games, are also a point back of the Southeast Division-leading Carolina Hurricanes.
Nik Antropov, Antti Miettinen and Andrew Ladd scored for Winnipeg, while blueliner Dustin Byfuglien had a pair of assists.
Ryan Callahan had the only goal of the game for the Rangers, who had three first-period breakaways -- including a penalty shot by Marian Gaborik -- but were stopped each time by Ondrej Pavelec. He made 28 saves.
Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist stopped 31 shots, including an Evander Kane breakaway with three minutes left to keep his club within striking distance.
The Jets led 1-0 and 2-1 at the period breaks.
On the game's very first shift, 6-foot-5, 265-pound Byfuglien laid a crushing open-ice hit on Rangers' centre Derek Stepan that sent the sellout crowd into a frenzy.
The Jets went on the power-play just over a minute later when Michael Del Zotto took a penalty for cross-checking, and Antropov banged in a rebound 12 seconds later off a Byfuglien point blast for his third goal of the season.
The Jets were outshooting the Rangers 11-2 through 11 minutes, but it was a pair of saves by Pavelec on not one but two straight breakaways by Gaborik that proved most memorable through the opening 20 minutes.