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WINNIPEG Adidas Tom Kuhnhackl Jersey , Manitoba (AP) — The Winnipeg Jets are seeing the benefits of Mark Scheifele’s hard work.Scheifele, the Jets’ top-line center, scored twice and added an assist as Winnipeg defeated the New York Rangers 4-3 Tuesday night.Scheifele has a team-leading 30 goals in 57 games, two goals away from his career high reached in 79 games in 2016-17. He has 19 points (eight goals, 11 assists) in his past 17 games.“He’s not stopping,” said Jets forward Andrew Copp, who scored the game-winner. “He’s obviously having a fantastic year. He puts in the work on the ice, off the ice.“He’s as dialed in as it gets. It ain’t stopping now, so buckle up.”Defenseman Joe Morrow recorded his first goal of the season and added an assist for Winnipeg.Connor Hellebuyck made 34 saves for the Jets, who opened a three-game homestand. Winnipeg has at least a point in its past nine home games (8-0-1).Mika Zibanejad scored twice and Pavel Buchnevich had a goal for the Rangers. Mats Zuccarello added two assists and Henrik Lundqvist stopped 32 shots for the Rangers, who started a four-game road trip.“I always say it’s nice to see the bounces go in, but we didn’t win today so it doesn’t really matter Adidas Matt Martin Jersey ,” Zibanejad said of notching his 24th and 25th goals of the season.Scheifele and linemate Blake Wheeler are tied for the team lead in points at 68.“Playing with two unbelievable players so I’m pretty lucky,” Scheifele said. “On any given night we try to do everything for each other. That one guy gets rewarded.“If it’s a guy driving the net or taking a hit or blocking a shot or having a good stick, that’s what we do for each other all over the ice. I was lucky tonight to get two.”The game was tied 2-2 heading into the third period before Zibanejad’s second goal of the game at 57 seconds.Winnipeg responded with goals from Morrow and Copp 1:58 apart to take a 4-3 lead.Lundqvist was disappointed the Rangers’ comeback effort didn’t pay off.“I feel like, even myself, I battle in this game to try to make the right things and get rewarded, but the result is the same,” Lundqvist said. “And it’s very disappointing for us as a group, but even for me personally.”The Jets had built a 2-0 lead in the first period on two goals by Scheifele.The Rangers delivered their own pair of goals in the second period, striking early with Zibanejad’s first goal at 38 seconds when the puck went off a post and in.Buchnevich tied it 2-2 with 17 seconds remaining on a New York power play, redirecting a shot by Ryan Strome at 19:19.The Jets took another penalty with 18 seconds remaining in the period and the Rangers capitalized early in the third.Zibanejad scored 57 seconds into the third after he shot the puck and it bounced off two Winnipeg defenders and into the net for the 3-2 lead.“I think it’s a good sign we battled back,” Rangers head coach David Quinn said. “We turned the switch on which isn’t easy to do when you play that poorly in the first to come out the way we did in the second and third.”NOTES: Zibanejad has 21 points (13 goals, eight assists) in his past 13 games. Zuccarello has 19 points (five goals Adidas Anthony Beauvillier Jersey , 14 assists) in his past 12 games.UP NEXTRangers: At Buffalo on Friday.Jets: Host Colorado on Thursday. BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Rasmus Dahlin wasn’t kidding about how hockey has become his sole obsession.No more than an hour after completing his introductory news conference in Buffalo on Monday, the NHL’s No. 1 overall draft pick had already changed into a yellow Sabres practice uniform and, with stick in hand, was on his way to hit the ice with a number of fellow prospects.Finally, after a monthlong pre-draft process of interviews, testing and cross-country travel that culminated in hearing his name called first from the podium in Dallas on Friday, Dahlin was back in his element.”I used to play some golf and hang out with friends, but, yeah, I love to play hockey and that’s my 100 percent thing I usually do,” the 18-year-old Swedish defenseman said. ”I’m a pretty boring guy.”Off the ice Adidas Scott Mayfield Jersey , maybe.On the ice, Dahlin is considered anything but boring with a heads-up, smooth-skating and play-making style that has already drawn comparisons to elite Swedish defensemen such as Ottawa Senators captain Erik Karlsson and former Detroit Red Wings star Nicklas Lidstrom.In Buffalo, he’s already captured the imagination of a win-starved base of fans, many of whom started submitting orders for Dahlin’s No. 26 Sabres jersey moments after he formally pulled one on to close the news conference.And yet, amid the buzz Dahlin has generated since the Sabres won the NHL draft lottery in April, it’s unrealistic to presume one player alone can turn around a franchise that has finished last in three of the past five years, not made the playoffs since 2011 and not won a playoff series since 2007.”I don’t actually think that way,” Dahlin said of whether he feels the weight of expectations on his 6-foot-2, 181-pound frame. ”I’ll bring everything I can to this team and, yeah, try to win hockey games. That’s what I think about.”General manager Jason Botterill was quick to interject once Dahlin completed his answer.”He doesn’t need to be the savior Adidas Dustin Tokarski Jersey ,” Botterill said, before listing the talented young group of players already on Buffalo’s roster, including forward Jack Eichel.”Look, we certainly have to have better results on the ice,” he said. ”But we’re certainly excited to bring Rasmus into our core group here and how they can grow together.”On a day dedicated to Dahlin, Botterill struck an upbeat tone in steering away most questions that featured any hint of negativity.Concerns still abound for Botterill entering his second summer on the job.The Sabres have no established depth in goal after last week’s decision to not re-sign third-year starter Robin Lehner.Offense remains an issue on a team that’s not had a player score 30 goals or 70 points since Jason Pominville in 2011-12, during his first stint in Buffalo.Their payroll structure is out of balance for a losing team, with six players set to make a base salary of $5 million or more, including Eichel, whose eight-year, $80 million contract kicks in this season.Culture remains a question after center Ryan O’Reilly suggested the team adopted a losing mindset last season.Rather than worry how a gloomy culture might affect newcomers such as Dahlin, Botterill is counting on Buffalo’s youngsters to begin changing the atmosphere.”We’re not expecting them to lead the room Adidas Robin Lehner Jersey , but we’re expecting them to bring their positive attributes, their competitiveness to that group,” Botterill said.”It’s what we challenged our players at the end of the season. They had to change how they trained. They had to change how they approach the games,” he added. ”The beauty of the National Hockey League is that you can make adjustments, you can make jumps in the standings fairly quickly.”Botterill chuckled when Dahlin said he was already looking forward to playing Buffalo’s cross-border rival Toronto next season.”The question was asked to me before about changing the culture, changing our results on the ice,” Botterill said. ”That’s what we need to bring, players who are very competitive, who want to make a difference.”NOTES: The Sabres will open a four-day rookie development camp Wednesday. … Botterill says the Sabres won’t buy out the final year of Matt Moulson’s contract, but adds the veteran forward won’t play in Buffalo. Moulson spent most of last season on loan to AHL Ontario.—

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