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Kane leads Jets past Blue Jackets in return to lineup

Monday, 12.16.2013 / 10:30 PM

Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com

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Kane leads Jets past Blue Jackets in return to lineup
Winnipeg Jets 3, Columbus Blue Jackets 2
Three Stars of the Game
Evander Kane
1st
Evander Kane
G: 1Shots: 6
A: 1Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 18:46
Fedor Tyutin
2nd
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 0Hits: 2
PTS: 1PIM: 2
+/-: 2TOI: 19:52
Mark Scheifele
3rd
Mark Scheifele
G: 1Shots: 4
A: 0Hits: 2
PTS: 1PIM: 2
+/-: 2TOI: 20:39

THE RUNDOWN
They certainly won't reach for excuses, but the Blue Jackets were up against it tonight and they were in a dogfight with the Winnipeg Jets.

At one point in the second period, Columbus was down to 11 forwards and just four defensemen...and then they had to kill a oenalty after Fedor Tyutin took a high-stick on a follow through attempt. Todd Richards and associate coach Craig Hartsburg employed Jack Johnson, Ryan Murray, David Savard and Nikita Nikitin in rotating pairings to try and keep them fresh, but it was a monumental task to kill the penalty and head to the third period down 1-0.

And that's when things really got interesting.

Winnipeg and Columbus combined for four goals in less than 10 minutes in the third period, and the Blue Jackets found themselves down 3-2 with eight minutes left in regulation. That was following Tyutin's fifth goal of the season to make it 3-2, which was timely even before considering he had just returned to the game after getting his face stitched up. With whatever gas they had left in the tank, the Blue Jackets poured it out down the stretch but could not find the equalizer in a 3-2 final at Nationwide Arena.

Yes, everyone knows the saying about excuses, and neither the players or Richards were willing to pin the loss on injuries or personnel. Their start to the game was not very good and they registered just five shots on goal in the first period and had 11 through 40 minutes, and had a hard time really testing Jets goaltender Al Montoya.

PIVOTAL MOMENT
The Blue Jackets pulled within a goal in the third period on a nice play between Matt Calvert and RJ Umberger. Umberger took a touch pass from Calvert behind the net and made a quick stuff move that surprised Montoya, making it a 2-1 game at 8:48 of the period. But less than two minutes later, the Jets cashed in on a 3-on-2 with Evander Kane rifling in the game-winning goal.

THREE STARS
1. EVANDER KANE (WPG)

First game back after missing six was an impactful one for Kane, who scored the game-winner and assisted on the Jets' opening goal in the second period.

2. FEDOR TYUTIN (CBJ)

Richards said post-game that Tyutin's chain of events in the second/third periods didn't surprise him, just based on the kind of player Tyutin is. Despite a stick to the face and some stitchwork between periods, Tyutin returned and scored the 3-2 goal in the third period to give the Jackets a chance.

3. MARK SCHEIFELE (WPG)

The first of Kane's two points on the night was a perfect set-up to Scheifele at the back post, and his fourth goal of the season gave Winnipeg a 1-0 lead with about six minutes left in the second period.

UP NEXT
AT PHILADELPHIA FLYERS
THURSDAY, 7 P.M.
WELLS FARGO CENTER

scoring summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
13:59
WPG
Mark Scheifele (4) ASST: Evander Kane (8), Michael Frolik (11)
1 - 0 WPG
3rd Period
02:28
WPG
PPG - Bryan Little (14) ASST: Dustin Byfuglien (18), Andrew Ladd (15)
2 - 0 WPG
08:48
CBJ
R.J. Umberger (8) ASST: Matt Calvert (4), Ryan Johansen (15)
2 - 1 WPG
10:35
WPG
Evander Kane (8) ASST: Mark Stuart (4)
3 - 1 WPG
11:39
CBJ
Fedor Tyutin (4) ASST: Mark Letestu (10), Nick Foligno (9)
3 - 2 WPG
penalty summary
1st Period
01:39
WPG
Jacob Trouba  Fighting (maj) against  Matt Calvert
01:39
CBJ
Matt Calvert  Fighting (maj) against  Jacob Trouba
11:40
WPG
Adam Pardy  Fighting (maj) against  Nick Foligno
11:40
CBJ
Nick Foligno  Fighting (maj) against  Adam Pardy
2nd Period
02:32
WPG
Chris Thorburn  Tripping against  Boone Jenner
06:31
WPG
Mark Scheifele  Tripping against  Ryan Murray
06:48
CBJ
Fedor Tyutin  Hooking against  James Wright
14:44
WPG
Bryan Little  Tripping against  R.J. Umberger
14:44
CBJ
R.J. Umberger  Hi-sticking against  Bryan Little
15:53
CBJ
Cam Atkinson  Hooking against  Mark Scheifele
3rd Period
00:39
CBJ
Cam Atkinson  Hi stick - double minor against  Jacob Trouba
goalie stats
Al Montoya
Al Montoya
5-2-1
SA: 24TOI: 60:00
Saves: 22EV: 21 - 23
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 1
SV%: .917SH: 0 - 0
Mike McKenna
SA: 32TOI: 58:43
Saves: 29EV: 20 - 22
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 9
SV%: .906SH: 1 - 1
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