Devils Gunned Down By Jets, Slide Continues
WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Evander Kane scored a pair of goals to lead the Winnipeg Jets over the New Jersey Devils 4-2 on Saturday night.
Kane scored the Jets’ first goal and added an empty-netter with 32 seconds left, Alexander Burmistrov and Mark Stuart also scored, and Bryan Little had a pair of assists.
Ondrej Pavelec, making his 23rd start of the season, turned aside 23 shots for the Jets, who won their second straight.
Adam Henrique and Patrik Elias scored, and Johan Hedberg made 16 saves for New Jersey, which has lost four in a row.
Kane scored his team-leading 13th goal of the season when a shot from defenseman Dustin Byfuglien deflected off his stick past Hedberg at 1:42 of the first period.
New Jersey answered 4 minutes later with a low shot from Henrique that beat Pavelec on the glove side.
The teams each had six shots on goal in a tight-checking first period.
The Devils went ahead 2-1 with less than 3 minutes left in the second when Elias scored his ninth goal of the season on a two-man advantage. The Jets quickly tied it 2-2 on a short-handed goal by Burmistrov just over a minute later.
Winnipeg got a bit of a scare early in the third period when Kane fell while barreling to the net with the puck and banged his leg against the post. He briefly remained on the ice, but skated to the bench on his own and soon returned.
Kane put in his empty-netter unassisted with 32 seconds left.
Notes: Winnipeg improved to 7-4-0 at home in front of a sellout crowd of 15,004. … New Jersey’s four-game slide is its longest of the season … The Jets host Boston on Tuesday, while the Devils travel to Toronto for a game against the Maple Leafs the same night.
(Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.)