The Winnipeg Jets were in need of a hero, and they got one last night in Evander Kane. After losing three consecutive games, Winnipeg was forced back to the drawing board for answers once again. Kane returned to the lineup just in time though, and pushed the offense forward in a big way.
The Jets saw their future flash before their eyes late in the second period when Kane was able to set up Mark Scheifele for a beautiful goal.
You can’t ignore the fact that it was 19-year-old Jacob Trouba with the excellent keep-and-shoot at the beginning of the clip as well. He didn’t get an assist on the play, but he did get the biscuit in deep for Winnipeg.
Cam Atkinson couldn’t clear for the Columbus Blue Jackets, and the play evolves into a miniature two-on-one.
The goal was Scheifele’s fourth point in his last five games. He’s really been playing some strong hockey lately, and skated a season-high 20:39. He did have a 22-minute outing back in October, but that contest included overtime and a shootout. It’s clear that head coach Claude Noel is becoming more and more comfortable icing Scheifele in more situations.
Kane would score a goal later in the game, giving him a triumphant two-point return.