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Take a step up, Kyle Connor, and look where we put this. It seems you're the next member of the Winnipeg Jets to equip the flame stick.
Connor played the role of scoring the hero for the second time in so many games, shooting the winner with only 1:14 left to play while the Jets teamed up to get a 4-3 win over the Blue Jackets of Colombia on Thursday night.
Bryan Little made a perfect move from behind the enemy network, finding Connor alone in the slot. The striking one did not make any mistake, since on the 22nd of the year he sent the crowd to Bell MTS Place in a frenzy.
"It's been very hot. It seems the guys often turn it on like this. It's the guy I'm very hot at this time. Always keep searching for it, keep feeding it and leave it go to work, "he said. Little, he had his own career earlier this month to win the winner of the game in two consecutive matches.
Connor helped concentrate the Jets on Tuesday night in Boston, scoring twice in the third period and the only goal of the shooting. He has nine goals in his last 11 games.
"I'm going to leave a change. I managed to get down to Bryan and he made an incredible pass on his back and found me in the slot. I tried to get it fast," Connor said.
"It's fun to be part of this group. Everyone from the first day tries to improve. This makes this group great. I think everyone is helping the next level."
Winnipeg improves until 33-16-2 and now has four points ahead of the Nashville Predators for the first place of the Central Division. Colón, who started the third period by 3-2, lost for the fourth consecutive game and fell to 28-19-3.
"We have been able to exhaust some of these. If we look at our month now, we went 8-4, with 9 of these teams playoff teams. We went 6-3 against these teams, with key pieces (alignment). It's not always perfect, but it's not necessary to be there. There are no points in the NHL style, "said Chief of the Jets technician, Paul Maurice.
"This was a mill, it was also Boston. Our keeper had to make some savings, we had to make things big to the third to go for us, and we did."
The Jets achieved the strong start they were looking for, since Mark Scheifele opened the score just 4:34 in the match. He turned a beautiful feed from Blake Wheeler for his 26th place of the season.
Little lost an opportunity to do it 2-0 a few minutes later, but a great shot by Nick Foligno deflected a shot in the last second that seemed aimed at an empty network.
Blue jackets drove this game by throwing it a few minutes later. Defense, Ryan Murray, kept the number in the Winnipeg final, then fed an Artemi Panarin, which was opened to Connor Hellebuyck for the twentieth of the season.
Panarin, who is rumored to have left Ohio, became a creator when he installed Josh Anderson in the square for the advanced target later in the period.
Novatist Mason Appleton tied the Jets in the central part after a tough job from the fourth line, but Columbus reclaimed the lead only 57 seconds after Oliver Bjorkstrand beat Hellebuyck in a Jets scorer who wanted come back.
He arrived after another great shot from Foligno to break a Jets score opportunity with the participation of Little and his teammates on the other side. Foligno turned to Bjorkstrand to get the goal.
"I had some good opportunities: bad luck, bad luck, great defensive moves by their guys," he added. Sometimes, it takes up to the last minute of the game to be approved, "Little said.
Since there are so many games this season, the power game of Winnipeg has been the great equalizer that Jack Roslovic scored at 8:47 a.m. in the third period with his team enjoying a home advantage.
Columbus achieved a golden opportunity with just over six minutes left in the period after Scheifele accidentally threw a can into the seats and was sent to the trash to delay the game.
But Jets' criminal assassins managed to burn the two minutes, including a sequence in which Brandon Tanev lost his lever, then took a palate near the back of the head that sent him to the ice. The officers immediately squeezed the dead play, which incensed Columbus head coach, John Tortorella, as his team was going to be basically five to three.
This marked the scene of the dramatic winner of the Connor game.
"We have achieved enough this year that we have a lot of confidence that we know we should not change our game. We can continue playing the same way for 60 minutes. We will generate enough opportunities. Just finish them, some nights and some nights that they are not, "said Wheeler.
Hellebuyck stopped 28 shots, while Bobrovsky had 23 saves.
"It only speaks of our confidence as a group. Our scorer has also made great savings at the beginning of this third to keep him from playing a goal. When we have this goal of support and offensive power What we have is, it's only a matter of time, "said Connor.
Winnipeg has now won six consecutive goals at the Bell MTS Place and continues a three-match game hosting the Anaheim Ana in the city on Saturday night, followed by a visit from the Sharks of San José this Tuesday.
mike.mcintyre @ freepress.mb.ca
Mike McIntyre grew up wanting to be a professional wrestler. But when this dream faded, he put all his arm to become a professional writer.
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