The point of a stick lift is just to get it off the ice, where it's in prime position to deflect a shot from the point. That's all Zdeno Chara was trying to do here to Mark Scheifele on the Jets' power play – that he had lifted it into the netting was just a happy accident. That chara was not whistled for interference was a happier one for Boston … for about 40 seconds
"Who knows how that was not called," said Scheifele. "But I think the hockey gods were on our side and that's what's going on."
"That" being Scheifele chasing down his stick after he crashed back to earth and scoring on a odd-man rush when play came back in
Scheifele added two assists in the 4-3 win, while Blake Wheeler had a goal and an assistant and Patrik Laine added.
"Yeah, I'm not just a shooter, I guess. I'm a pretty decent passer as well, as we saw in this game, "said Laine, who was tempted to shoot before dishing out to Scheifele on the second goal
" I thought I was going to shoot too. Yeah, if I do not know what I'm doing, I do not think the goalie's going to know what I'm doing. I thought first I was going to shoot it, I was pretty close. But then I saw Scheif back door, so I could pass it, sometimes, "he said.
Still, it's Scheifele who is the engine of this line and this team. His team-leading 33rd goal also represents a new career high for the centerman, who has benefited from a particularly selfless season by the right wing. Blake Wheeler-Wheeler's 66 assists are two shy of his own career high. "It's never one guy's the passer, one guy's the shooter," "Scheifele said of Wheeler. "We all do the work, we all do what needs to be done. "When you're the guy to score, you're the guy to score. When the guy to pass, you're the guy to pass. "
The Jets, a year removed from the disappointment of a game of shy final conference, have one point on the Predators with two games in hand