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Spotlight: Evander Kane

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HIS NUMBERS:

Goals: 0; assists: 0; minus-1

HIS ICE TIME:

Twenty-two shifts, 23 minutes 37 seconds

First period

Eager to get involved, Kane appeared for his first shift 52 seconds in and after a save by Caps goalie Braden Holtby, was barking at several Caps. Later in the period with the Jets trailing 1-0, Kane participated in a turning point: a forechecked turnover came to him in the circle to Holtby's right and Kane quickly drilled a shot, but it went off the crossbar. The Caps took the puck and dashed up the ice on a two-on-one, with Troy Brouwer converting to make it 2-0. That's a stinging minus

Second period

Kane tried to get things going with a couple of strong-skating shifts but nothing was clicking. With the Jets' fourth power play late in the period, Jets coach Claude Noel sent him to play the point alongside Dustin Byfuglien. On his final shift of the period in which he played more than nine minutes, Kane took a roughing penalty at 19:05 for a hit much too high on Jason Chimera. Likely a little frustration showing through there.

Third period

One shot on goal and one good scoring chance in the final period but Kane ended the night with a fifth pointless game in the last six outings.

WHAT WE LIKED:

You could see Kane, with his legs, trying to initiate some momentum for his team but the sparks were hard to generate again Friday, as coach Claude Noel said after the game. Another thing many fans won't realize, but after a poor outing and a second straight lopsided defeat, Kane was among those available to reporters right away after the game, not hiding from any questions.

WHAT WE DIDN'T LIKE:

In the second period in particular, Kane took an extra-long shift. Sometimes it's difficult to change in the middle period but as the season drones on, short and energetic shifts are more preferable. The matter of Kane's streakiness is still a topic for debate and he's in quite a lull now, with three goals and no assists in the last 13 games. He's not streaky intentionally, and there's simply no arguing his impact on the other side of his streakiness.

SYNOPSIS:

Like many of his teammates, this will be a game Kane will be eager to forget. He wound up playing well above his average minutes, about three more, and Friday's ice time was his fourth-highest of the season. It could be Noel trying to work him back into a better groove, hoping he'll catch fire ASAP.

-- Tim Campbell

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition March 23, 2013 C3

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