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Scheifele stays hot on road for Jets in Game 4 OT win against Blues

Gets goal, assist, has scored 12 times in past nine playoff games away from home

by Tim Campbell @TimNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

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ST. LOUIS -- Mark Scheifele has turned into a road warrior for the Winnipeg Jets in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The center scored the game-tying goal at 7:33 of the third period and set up Kyle Connor's goal at 6:02 of overtime to give the Jets a 2-1 victory against the St. Louis Blues in Game 4 of the Western Conference First Round at Enterprise Center on Tuesday.

The road team has won every game in the best-of-7 series, which is tied 2-2. Game 5 is at Winnipeg on Thursday (8:30 p.m. ET; USA, CBC, TVAS, FS-MW).

Scheifele has scored 12 goals in his past nine postseason road games, including 11 in the 2018 playoffs, an NHL single-year record.

"I have no idea why," said Scheifele, who has five points (two goals, three assists) in the series. "I'm trying to do the same things over and over, whether it's home or away. Sometimes, you'll have good home games; sometimes, you'll have good away games. I'm lucky I play with the linemates I play with, and we're excited to go back home 2-2."

 

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Scheifele, Connor and Jets captain Blake Wheeler were reunited as a line late in the regular season.

"I thought when they went back together for the last three or four games of the regular season, you could see them building to these kind of games," Jets coach Paul Maurice said after Game 4. "[Scheifele] looks so much like last year.

"They look the same again, just really, really smart hockey, and then that tip (on Scheifele's goal), that little extra skill that not a lot of people have comes out. There's that hardness in their game. Those three guys did a lot of heavy lifting and a lot of good work. Mark was a driver tonight, for sure."

On a rush, Connor sent the lead pass across from the right wing that Scheifele re-directed under the crossbar to tie the game in the third period. For the overtime winner, Scheifele took a shot off the rush before tapping his own rebound to Connor, who was near the crease and staring at an open net.

"[Scheifele] was awesome," Connor said. "It's such a treat being able to play with him. It seems this time of year he always comes (with his best)."

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Wheeler, who had 91 points (20 goals, 71 assists) this season, said Scheifele's impact on the Jets often isn't about goals and assists. Scheifele had 84 points (38 goals, 46 assists) in 82 games, his third straight season as a point-per-game player.

"When he's winning those battles and cutting back and eluding defenders in the offensive zone, it makes our line so tough," Wheeler said. "My game is what it is, it's not really going to change much, and when he's doing those things, man, he's tough to stop.

"Kind of the same thing as the overtime goal, just heck of a play by those two guys, a little give-and-go. That kid, when he gets going downhill like that, he's pretty tough to stop. So that's Mark Scheifele, man."

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