Rangers forward Alex Steen was in his best mood of the season in the dressing room following his team’s 3-2 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday.
“I’m a little bit nervous,” Steen said.
I’m in great shape. “
It’s a tough game to win, and I’m the best player on it.
I’m in great shape.
I just need to get a couple of more goals and hopefully we can do that.”
Steen, who is out with a concussion, finished with four goals and four assists in his Rangers career.
He had eight points in 10 games in the playoffs.
He was named to the AHL’s All-Star team after scoring the game-winning goal with 2:07 left in the third period.
He also scored in the second overtime.
“He’s just a great player,” Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said.
The Jets (2-4-1) lost for the second time in five games and missed the playoffs for the third time in four years.
The Jets are now eight points out of the first wild card spot in the Metropolitan Division.
The Jets also lost goalie Connor Hellebuyck (concussion) and forward Patrick Eaves (shoulder) in Saturday’s game.
Eaves was sidelined by an injury.
The Rangers are now 18-15-6 this season and have won their last 17 games in regulation.
The Rangers are 3-5-1 in regulation and 4-1-1 when leading after three periods.
Rangers defenseman Jake McCabe (upper body) left Saturday’s contest after taking a hit on the back of the head from Winnipeg’s Patrik Laine.
McCabe was replaced by goalie Jacob Markstrom.
The first period started in Winnipeg’s favor when forward Alexey Marchenko scored on a one-timer.
The second period saw Winnipeg score twice on three chances and then the third came from a rebound.
After an empty-netter, Winnipeg took a 1-0 lead in the fourth period.
After a goal by Markstrom, the Jets extended their lead in regulation to 1-1 on Markstrom’s goal with 1:06 left.
The third period featured another power-play goal from Markstrom to make it 3-1.
Ryan McDonagh, who had a goal and an assist Saturday, had an assist on the Jets third goal.
The third period was tied 2-2 after Markstrom got the puck in the slot and fired a shot past Winnipeg goalie Nikolai Khabibulin.
McCabes goal was his third of the postseason.
He is one of six players in NHL history with five multi-goal games.