Sunday had been so good to the Winnipeg Jets this season — at least until the New York Rangers came to town.
Winnipeg was a perfect 6-0-0 this season when playing on the final day of the weekend, outscoring opponents 26-2 in the process. That included four shutouts by Connor Hellebuyck.
A 7-1 win over Pittsburgh, 5-0 over Ottawa, 4-0 over St. Louis, 5-0 over Edmonton, 4-1 over San Jose and 1-0 over Vancouver.
The Rangers broke up that streak with Sunday's 3-1 win.
Winnipeg still has four more Sunday games left this season.
Veteran centre Matt Hendricks returned to the Jets lineup Sunday after missing the previous two games with an upper-body injury.
Forward Marko Dano came out of the lineup as Hendricks took his usual spot on the fourth-line. That bumped Nic Petan over to the wing, along with Jack Roslovic.
Winnipeg still has seven players on the sidelines with injuries: forwards Adam Lowry, Brandon Tanev, Shawn Matthias and Brendan Lemieux, defenceman Jacob Trouba and goalies Steve Mason and Michael Hutchinson.
Ondrej Pavelec's homecoming will have to wait.
The long-time Winnipeg Jets starter was expecting to make his first visit back to the city Sunday since signing a free-agent deal with the Rangers last summer. But a knee injury suffered during last Friday's home game against Calgary put those plans on hold.
Pavelec is expected to be out at least two weeks with a sprained MCL.
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