Thursday, April 24, 2014

Return of Kane fuels Jets’ win

COLUMBUS, Ohio—After sitting out six games with an injury, Evander Kane wanted to make up for lost time.
Kane returned to score a goal and added an assist, leading the Winnipeg Jets to a 3-2 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets last night.

“I put on my skates and I tried to help this team win—that’s just how I am,” said Kane, who had been out since Nov. 29 with a lower-body injury.
Mark Scheifele and Bryan Little also scored for the Jets, with Al Montoya making 22 saves.
“I felt confident and the team did a good job tonight. I can’t say that enough,” said Montoya, who got the start because Ondrej Pavelec had given up five goals in a 6-4 home loss on Saturday.
“[The Blue Jackets] didn’t have too many chances.”
A slow, checking game with few good scoring opportunities for most of the first two periods turned into a sprint in the third period, with the teams scoring three times inside three minutes.
Kane’s goal proved to be the winner.
R.J. Umberger and Fedor Tyutin replied for the Blue Jackets, who had a first-period goal disallowed.
They had picked up points in five of their past six games (4-1-1).
The Jets, coming off an 0-2-1 homestand, opened the scoring when Scheifele notched his fourth at 13:59 of the second.
Finding his teammate on a nifty 2-on-1 pass below the hash, Kane sent a pass to Scheifele that he lifted high into the top of the net.
Thanks to a double-minor for high sticking against Cam Atkinson, the Jets made it 2-0 at 2:28 of the third.
A seemingly innocent one-timer from the blueline by Dustin Byfuglien was redirected by Little, who merely stuck out his stick.
The puck ricocheted off it and also off the skate of Columbus defenceman David Savard.
Umberger collected a pass from Matt Calvert behind the net and scored on the wraparound to cut the lead to 2-1 at 8:48.
Moments later, however, Savard got caught pinching in and it resulted in a 3-on-1 rush, with Kane blistering a high shot to push the lead back to two goals.
Once again the Blue Jackets countered—this time when Nick Foligno stole the puck in his offensive zone.
Montoya stopped his shot but Mark Letestu then fed Tyutin, who was crashing the net from the wing to make it 3-2.
Elsewhere in the NHL, Pittsburgh beat Toronto 3-1, Ottawa nipped St. Louis 3-2 (OT), and Colorado dumped Dallas 6-2.

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