Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Mark Scheifele Playing Best Hockey of His Career as Jets Down Avalanche 3-2

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Mark Scheifele Playing Best Hockey of His Career as Jets Down Avalanche 3-2

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Scheifele playing best hockey of his career

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WINNIPEG - Winnipeg Jets head coach Paul Maurice says it was some of the best hockey of Mark Scheifele's career.

Scheifele's power-play goal sparked a Jets three-goal rally in Saturday night's 3-2 comeback victory over the Colorado Avalanche. That's saying something considering the recent tear the 22-year-old has been on since sliding into the Jets' No. 1 centre spot last month.

"We've talked about Mark Scheifele for about three weeks because he's scoring all these points," said Maurice. "That was his finest game in the last three weeks regardless of the hat trick (on March 5) or any of the other games. He played a fantastic game down low -- hard game down low. And then scores the goal. That's as good a game as I've seen Mark play in a long, long time."

Scheifele's goal and assist against Colorado extends his scoring streak to seven games where the soon-to-be 23-year-old has seven goals and four assists. Since the injury to Bryan Little on Feb. 18 when Scheifele began centring Winnipeg's top line, he has 10 goals and 18 points, including five multi-point games.

"I've been playing the same hockey," said Scheifele. "Every day I want to become a better hockey player. Obviously I've taken this challenge with a lot of motivation being with (Little) out. I obviously come to the rink with a lot more motivation knowing I'll be playing tougher players in tougher matchups."

The Jets (28-35-5) scored three unanswered Saturday, with Colorado's Matt Duchene assisting on Erik Johnson's 10th of the season before scoring to make it 2-0. Duchene's two-point night puts him at 29 goals and 26 assists to lead the Avalanche (35-31-4) in scoring.

"You never have it in the bag in this league," said Duchene, whose power-play goal snapped a 17-for-17 penalty-killing streak for Winnipeg, dating back six games. …

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