COLUMBUS, Ohio- The Jets needed some kind of spark and they got it with the return of Evander Kane who he has been out for the last six games with a lower body injury. He returned Monday night and provided the game-winner as the Jets defeated the Blue Jackets 3-2 to snap a three-game losing skid.
“He was good for a guy who’s been out for awhile,” Jets coach Claude Noel said.
Backup Al Montoya got his fifth win of the season as he made 22 saves .
“The team did a great job tonight,” Montoya said. “Outside of that [first shot], the shots were from the outside.”
Kane, who scored the winner his 8th of the season, also got a helper on the first Jets’ goal by Mark Scheifele was a force all night as he was using his speed and even contributed with a couple of key blocked shots.
“I tried to fake the D to look like I was going to pass to give me some more room to cut in,” Kane said. “He did. He let me cut in to shoot.”
Kane was named the game’s first star.
“I put on my skates. I try to help this team win. That’s just how I am,” he said. “I was able to do that tonight, and I hope it continues.
Bryan Little got the other Jets tally as he tipped in his 14th on the power play off a Dustin Byfuglien bomb from the blue line.
Columbus got goals from R.J. Ummberger his 8th and Fedor Tyutin his 4th.
The fans were treated to a couple tilts early in the first period as Jacub Trouba and Matt Calvert dropped the mitts for a spirited bout. Then Adam Pardy and Nick Foligno decided to settle a dispute with out the mitts as well.
Columbus goalie Mike McKenna was solid in the net as he stopped 28 shots in the loss.
Ohio native John Albert had around 35 family and friends in attendance to watch him play for the Jets he was used sparingly but it must have still been a thrill for him and his crew.
The Jets were down a couple of bodies as tough guy Anthony Peluso was handed a three game suspension by the NHL and Matt Halischuk was placed on the IR with a fractured forearm.
The Jets will need to go on a long run as they still have hopes of getting back in the playoff race. They will be in Buffalo Tuesday to take on the Sabres.
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