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Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Jets 4, Rangers 3

By Katie Strang

At a glance: The Rangers rallied in a frenetic third period to pull within one goal of the surging Winnipeg Jets, but couldn't pull off the comeback at Madison Square Garden Tuesday. Winless in their last four games, the Rangers dropped a 4-3 decision to the Jets and fell to 8-8-2 on the season. Both former Ranger Olli Jokinen and Evander Kane finished with a pair of goals each in the Jets fourth win of a five-game road trip.

Captain’s effort: Captain Ryan Callahan did his best to single-handedly spark the Rangers with a trademark shift that featured the captain fearlessly blocking a couple of bombs, leveling the Jets with a few big hits and making a great hustle play to clear the puck. His teammates couldn’t capitalize on what should’ve been a massive boost, however, giving up the game’s first goal to the Jets shortly after. Callahan then cut a 2-0 Jets lead in half by hounding the crease and burying his own rebound at 9:28, but the Rangers allowed the Jets to regain their two-goal lead later in the period.

Jok’s on you: Jokinen tallied twice in the second period as the Jets built a 3-1 lead heading into the final frame. Kane also notched a pair, extending his goal-scoring streak to four games after sniping one past Rangers netminder Henrik Lundqvist at 7:02 of the second. Kane, who finished with two goals and an assist, has registered a point in eight consecutive games.

No Nash: Rick Nash missed his fourth straight game with an undisclosed injury -- believed to be a concussion -- although the Rangers’ star winger appears to be nearing a return. Nash skated with the team for the first time Tuesday morning and said he is feeling “better,” though he declined to detail what has kept him out of the lineup.

Powe returns: After missing three games with a concussion, Darroll Powe returned to the lineup Tuesday. It was a welcome addition for coach John Tortorella, who values Powe’s versatility and penalty-killing work. Powe was sidelined after a frightening collision last Sunday with Washington’s Matt Hendricks that knocked him unconscious and sent him to the IR.

Down on D: The Rangers were without two of their top four defenseman as both Ryan McDonagh and Michael Del Zotto sat out with injuries. Tortorella split up Dan Girardi and Marc Staal in an effort to create some balance on the back end but the team's depleted defensive corps was on full display in the second period when the Jets notched three goals.

Up next: Rangers vs. Lightning, Thursday at 7 p.m.