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Patrik Laines overall game improving at right time for Jets

Patrik Laines overall game improving at right time for Jets
Published On: Fri, Mar 15
May 23, 2016; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Blues center Patrik Berglund (21) reacts against the San Jose Sharks in the third period in game five of the Western Conference Final of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Scottrade Center. The Sharks won 6-3. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

Patrik Laine had the puck on his blade, cruising down the left edge of the slot like a Jag in the passing lane. Bruins goalie and fellow Finn, Tuukka Rask, shifted over towards the former 44-goal man, stuck at 29 snipes this season and hungry for more.

a€œAll the options are right there, obviously, but when ita€™s one of the best shooters in the league you dona€™t want to cheat,a€ said Rask.

Everyone inside Bell MTS Place was thinking shoot.

a€œI thought I was going to shoot, too,a€ chuckled Laine. a€œYeah, if I dona€™t know what Ia€™m doing, I dona€™t think the goaliea€™s going to know what Ia€™m doing.a€

Laine would hit for the goalpost cycle Thursday a€” right post, crossbar and left post a€” but on the play in question he deftly slipped a pass over to a charging Mark Scheifele, who quietly tapped the biscuit behind Rask for the 2-0 goal midway through the first period.

a€œI thought first I was going to shoot it. I was pretty close,a€ Laine said. a€œBut then I saw Scheif backdoor. So, might as well pass it, sometimes.a€

Might as well pass it, sometimes. Lord help NHL goalies if that becomes a thing for Laine.

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