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In The Spotlight: Mike Santorelli

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First period

On his second shift, Santorelli and linemates gained possession in the offensive zone and he sent a hard wrister at the Buffalo net from near the right-wing corner. The shot appeared to be stopped by Sabres goalie Ryan Miller's shoulder but Santorelli didn't get credit for a shot. Later in the period, Santorelli and his line had trouble getting the puck out of their own zone. Santorelli had one faceoff in the period, a defensive-zone win.

 

Second period

Four shifts in the second after five in the first, Santorelli continued with linemates Alexander Burmistrov and Eric Tangradi, though there was a bit of shuffling in the middle of the period and Evander Kane appeared instead of Tangradi for one shift.

 

Third period

Almost 14 minutes into the period with a quick burst up the right wing, Santorelli fired a great feed to the crease and Miller had to make an excellent save on the Tangradi tip. Just moments later, Santorelli found himself with a path to the net on the right side after a Burmistrov feed and Miller had to make a fine shoulder save.

 

WHAT WE LIKED:

It's clear the Vancouver native's speed, though not blazing, makes him a flexible player for the Jets lineup in that he can fit with a number of linemates. This combination with Burmistrov and Tangradi is in sync and Santorelli showed he knows what to do in different game situations, despite being with a new team.

 

WHAT WE DIDN'T LIKE:

Every coach and fan would plead for a little more finish, given there were a few opportunities around the net. There was a time or two during the game when Buffalo's forecheck got the best of him.

 

SYNOPSIS:

Jets coach Claude Noel said on Tuesday that he'll take a team and players with speed any time. Santorelli can fit with that kind of approach. It also doesn't hurt if you're going to be 5-2 in the faceoff circle like Santorelli was. In the end, it's only three games but this move by the Jets to claim Santorelli on waivers has been helpful.

 

-- Tim Campbell

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 10, 2013 C3

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