Ray Ferraro scored 2 goals and 2 assists to lead the New York Rangers to a 6-4 win over the Winnipeg Jets in New Yorks home opener.
Winnipeg got behind and could not rally all the way back last night at Madison Aquare Garden. The first period was a back and fourth contest with some great saves from both goaltenders that kept the game scoreless, but when the teams returned for the second period it was a different story. New York fired 16 shots, compared to the Jets 9 in the period, and 4 of them found the back of the net. Ferraro, Lidster, Kovalev and Adam Graves all found the net during the period while Dallas Drake got the lone marker for the Jets on the power play when he put a shot over the pad of Rangers goaltender Mike Richter from the right hand side sending Winnipeg into the final frame down 4-1.
A different team emerged from the visitors’ dressing room in the third but it was not enough to overcome the deficit. Mike Eastwood opened up the frame just over 3 minutes in with his first of the year to get the Jets within striking distance, however Ray Ferraro answered back for New York 2 minutes later on the power play, tipping a Ulf Samuelsson point shot past Tim Cheveldae, who was getting his first start for the Jets. Although both Darryl Shannon and Kris King would get markers late for the Jets they were never really back in it and Adam Graves iced it in the final minute with a shorthanded, empty net goal, his second of the game.
Cheveldae, in his first start of the year for Winnipeg walked away with the loss, stopping 32 of 37 shots while Mike Richter got the win for New York to even his record at 1-1.Winnipegs struggles really manifested on the power play, going just 1 for 8 and giving up the shorthanded goal.Winnipeg has their next action tomorrow night across the bridge in New Jersey against the Devils.