Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Laine Continues to Impress Jets Teammates with Two Goals in Win over Red Wings

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Laine Continues to Impress Jets Teammates with Two Goals in Win over Red Wings

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Laine continues to impress Jets teammates

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WINNIPEG - Patrik Laine's accurate shooting has caught the attention of his opponents in the NHL, but it's actually the 19-year-old's feet that are capturing the attention of his teammates on the Winnipeg Jets.

Laine's two goals Friday night, including the winner, helped the Jets edge the Detroit Red Wings 4-3.

"His feet. His skating. He's driving harder," said Jets head coach Paul Maurice of what he's seen emerge in Laine's game. "He's skating better with and without the puck, and because of that his timing is right and everything else is falling into place for him. It's all in his feet."

Laine's two point night extend his point scoring streak to seven games, where he has totalled eight goals and 13 points. Laine's 33 goals this season move the Jets' sophomore into a tie for fifth in the NHL with Tampa Bay's Nikita Kucherov and Minnesota's Eric Staal.

"I think I've just started to skate more," said Laine, who leads the league with 16 power-play goals. "I'm just trying to work hard and play as simple as I can, and that's the biggest reason why I'm getting rewarded. It's just the skating that's the biggest reason."

Winnipeg's victory is its sixth in its past eight games. At 38-17-9 and 85 points, the Jets continue to nip at the heels of the Central Division-leading Nashville Predators.

Dustin Byfuglien and Ben Chiarot also added goals for Winnipeg.

Niklas Kronwall, Anthony Mantha, and Trevor Daley replied for Detroit (26-28-10). The Red Wings have lost five of their last seven games, each by a one-goal margin.

"It's another one-goal loss here. We can say that we were close and that we battled hard in the third but there's no reason for us to be in that situation," said Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg. "We're not consistent enough."

Connor Hellebuyck turned away 30 of the 33 shots he faced to capture his 33rd victory of the season -- good for the third most in the NHL. …

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