Kane made his presence felt everywhere on the ice Saturday night, scoring the game’s first goal and adding an empty-netter late in Winnipeg’s 4-2 win over the New Jersey Devils.
“You can see that (Kane is) playing with confidence,” Jets coach Claude Noel said. “His speed seems to be wearing off on his linemates, as well, because it looks like (Bryan) Little’s got a little bit more of a step, it looks like (Blake) Wheeler’s got a step, as well.
“So it looks like it’s a good thing that’s happening with our group.”
“I’m executing better and playing smarter and burying my chances,” said Kane, who leads the jets with 14 goals this season. “When I do that things happen for me.”
“Throughout the course of the game we’re not giving them much, but when we are it’s breakaways or real Grade A chances so that’s hurting us.”
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.