Patrik Laine has been on a tear for the Columbus Blue Jackets lately. Entering play against the Montreal Canadiens on Feb. 12, the forward had found the net six times in his last four games. He scored twice in back-to-back-to-back contests, becoming the first Blue Jacket to ever accomplish that feat.
That’s pretty awesome considering the kind of players that Columbus has rostered over the years.
After the Buffalo Sabres held him off the score sheet on Feb. 10, Laine looked to get back to his scoring ways against the Habs. And boy, did he manage to do just that with style. With the game tied in the waning seconds of play, Columbus manage to win—albeit, not entirely cleanly—an offensive-zone faceoff.
The puck founds its way to Laine, who was fading towards the middle of the ice and found an open patch. He made no mistake with the shot, wiring it by Canadiens goaltender Samuel Montembeault.
This continues an outstanding run for Laine, who has been quietly consistent for the Blue Jackets in 2021-22. Plays like this are why Columbus acquired the winger in the first place, and he’s been making an outstanding case to be re-signed at the end of this season.
Goals like this are tough to come by. An absolute rocket of a shot that almost goes through the goalie as regulation is winding down. Laine’s next opportunity to find the back of the net will come on Tuesday, Feb. 15 when the Blue Jackets take on the Calgary Flames.
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