Kane, quick goal help Jets defeat Blue Jackets

Craig Merz  - Correspondent | Tuesday, 11.25.2014 / 11:25 PM

COLUMBUS -- The Winnipeg Jets did some quick scoring that paid off in the long run in their 4-2 win against the slumping Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena on Tuesday.

The Jets scored nine seconds into the game on a goal by Bryan Little, then decided the outcome with goals 31 seconds apart by Evander Kane and Andrew Ladd for a 3-1 lead in the second period.

That was enough of a cushion to withstand a surge in the third period by the Blue Jackets, thanks to a little luck and the play of backup goaltender Michael Hutchinson, who is 4-1-1 with a 1.50 goals-against average and .947 save percentage after stopping 32 of 34 shots.

"What Mike is doing is shortening the interval," between starts, Winnipeg coach Paul Maurice said.

Ondrej Pavelec is expected to start Wednesday at the Buffalo Sabres.

"You're always hoping to get more starts, but the most important thing right now is the team winning," Hutchinson said. "I'm feeling really good about where my game is right now. I'm reading the plays really good right now."

Evander Kane scored his fourth goal of the season, into an empty net, on the power play with 18 seconds for the Jets (11-9-3), who ended a two-game losing streak.

The Blue Jackets (6-13-2) have lost four straight and have two wins in the past 15 games. The talk afterward was still one of hope based on a third-period surge that almost pulled Columbus even.

"There's a lot of things we can look at and build from but we're just not good enough right now," Columbus center Ryan Johansen said.

Columbus got a goal each from Jordan Leopold and Johansen, whose score with 10:13 remaining drew the Blue Jackets within 3-2.

The Blue Jackets nearly tied the score two minutes later when a carom off the end boards came out front to Artem Anisimov at the right post, but he was unable to push the puck across the goal line.

Blue Jackets right wing Cam Atkinson hit the crossbar with 2:08 left, the third time Columbus hit the post.

"It's obviously frustrating," Blue Jackets forward Brian Gibbons said. "These are games we need to win. [Johansen] made a great play to cut it to one goal. I had a chance, a couple of other guys had chances. Those are pucks if we want to win, we have to put in the net."

Columbus kept pressing for the tying goal but a too many men on the ice penalty when the Blue Jackets pulled goalie Sergei Bobrovsky (28 saves) led to Kane's goal. Jacob Trouba got his second assist.

"We hit the post but those don't count as goals," Columbus coach Todd Richards said. "The third period we generated some chances. There was some positive energy in the building. We built some momentum on the bench. There was a different feel to the third period than the first two. The big difference than the first two is we came out with our legs and went after them."

But it was too late. Winnipeg took control with the quick goals in the second.

The game changed in its favor during a two-man advantage for Columbus when Blue Jackets forward Scott Hartnell was called for goalie interference.

Winnipeg killed the remainder of the 5-on-4, the play went to 4-on-4 briefly, and shortly thereafter, while the Jets had the man-advantage, Dustin Byfuglien put a perfect centering pass at the goal mouth for the easy redirect by Kane at 16:25.

"Four-on-4 we worked them pretty good," Kane said. "They got tired and we were able to get the extra man out there."

Richards agreed the Blue Jackets were caught in a bad spot.

"They were opportunistic," he said. "On the power-play goal we got caught on a long shift."

It was Winnipeg's first power-play goal in 26 tries.

"Power play's on fire," Maurice said jokingly. "It was a little disjoined because of the 4-on-4 coming to a 5-on-4. You've got to start somewhere with your power play."

Winnipeg went ahead 3-1 at 16:56 during a delayed penalty with a shot by Ladd from the left circle that Bobrovsky could not see because of the bodies in front of him. Blake Wheeler got his second assist of the game on the eighth goal for Ladd.

"The second period was our best period" Kane said. "We battled hard and stuck with it."

The first wasn't bad either. Little's goal was one second slower than the Jets' record. Columbus tied it at 3:42 on Leopold's power play-goal.

"I really felt even leading up to the game we were ready," Richards said. "That first goal set us back and put us on our heels. We were able to score on the power play, so it was a 1-1 game. But if you look at skating, playing, moving forward, I don't think we did that till the third period."

Scoring Summary
1st Period
00:09WPG Bryan Little (7) ASST: Andrew Ladd (7), Blake Wheeler (7) 1 - 0 WPG
03:42CBJ PPG - Jordan Leopold (1) ASST: Artem Anisimov (4), David Savard (4) 1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
16:25WPG PPG - Evander Kane (3) ASST: Dustin Byfuglien (5), Jacob Trouba (3) 2 - 1 WPG
16:56WPG Andrew Ladd (8) ASST: Bryan Little (7), Blake Wheeler (8) 3 - 1 WPG
3rd Period
09:47CBJ Ryan Johansen (8) ASST: Nick Foligno (11), James Wisniewski (8) 3 - 2 WPG
19:42WPG PPG - EN - Evander Kane (4) ASST: Jacob Trouba (4) 4 - 2 WPG
Three Stars of the Game
Bryan Little
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 1Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 20:11
Michael Hutchinson
SA: 34TOI: 60:00
GA: 2EV: 21-22
PIM: 0PP: 10-11
SV%: .941SH: 1-1
Jordan Leopold
G: 1Shots: 4
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 19:31
Penalty Summary
1st Period
01:48WPG Michael Frolik  Hi-sticking against  Jack Johnson
09:19WPG Chris Thorburn  Fighting (maj) against  Jared Boll
09:19CBJ Jared Boll  Fighting (maj) against  Chris Thorburn
09:19WPG Chris Thorburn  Instigator against  Jared Boll
09:19CBJ Jared Boll  Charging against  Paul Postma
09:19WPG Chris Thorburn  Instigator - Misconduct against  Jared Boll
16:32WPG Mark Stuart  Tripping against  Nick Foligno
17:57CBJ Ryan Johansen  Hi stick - double minor against  Blake Wheeler
2nd Period
12:45WPG Mathieu Perreault  Kneeing against  Kevin Connauton
14:15WPG Adam Pardy  Roughing against  Cam Atkinson
14:59CBJ Scott Hartnell  Interference on goalkeeper against  Michael Hutchinson
18:28WPG Evander Kane  Holding against  Ryan Johansen
3rd Period
18:51CBJ Alexander Wennberg  Too many men/ice - bench
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays2/41/5
Faceoff Wins3235
Blocked Shots812
Penalty Minutes2715
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4P. PostmaD0010014:19
5M. StuartD0001220:33
8J. TroubaD0201024:11
9E. KaneL2006221:24
15M. HalischukR0001010:25
16A. LaddL1124019:56
17A. LowryC00-12011:32
18B. LittleC1112020:11
19J. SlaterC000006:46
22C. ThorburnR0000173:08
24G. ClitsomeD0000017:38
26B. WheelerR0225017:56
33D. ByfuglienD0102020:32
44Z. BogosianD0001021:54
55M. ScheifeleC0002019:23
67M. FrolikR00-12213:33
85M. PerreaultC000229:54
34M. Hutchinson3234.94160:00
3J. LeopoldD1004019:31
4K. ConnautonD0010013:51
7J. JohnsonD00-23024:13
10J. SkilleR00-13012:24
11M. CalvertL00-10014:38
13C. AtkinsonR0001017:00
19R. JohansenC1004420:09
21J. WisniewskiD0113022:20
23B. GibbonsC0001013:26
26C. TroppR000106:46
38B. JennerC00-12019:28
40J. BollR000075:42
41A. WennbergC000108:43
42A. AnisimovC0101015:54
43S. HartnellL0003219:25
47D. ProutD00-21017:49
58D. SavardD0103022:16
71N. FolignoL0103020:31
72S. Bobrovsky2831.90359:37