5 things we learned in the NHL: Kyle Connor making most of opportunity

The Columbus Blue Jackets dominated the Winnipeg Jets in the second period on their way to the victory.

The Winnipeg Jets may have yet another scoring option, a Canucks rookie strikes again and an unlikely record for the Maple Leafs.

Here’s five things we learned in the NHL on Tuesday night.

Connor makes immediate impact with Jets
Kyle Connor wasted little time making an impact with the Winnipeg Jets.

Connor, who was recalled from AHL Manitoba on Monday to replace the injured Mathieu Perreault, scored in the second period for the Jets and played 17:36. Winnipeg went on to fall 5-2 to the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The 20-year-old Connor looked at ease, cycling the puck well with linemates Mark Scheifele and Blake Wheeler before finding the back of the net. Connor had started the game playing alongisde Bryan Little and Patrik Laine before coach Paul Maurice shuffled his lines.

Winnipeg is giving Connor every opportunity to shine after he bounced between the NHL and AHL last season. He started out strong with Manitoba, scoring three goals and two assists in four games before being recalled.

Perhaps a second year in the NHL with more experience and comfort will lead to success for the former University of Michigan standout.

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Kucherov continues scoring tear
Nikita Kucherov was at it again against the New Jersey Devils with a second-period goal to even the score at 3-3.

It was Kucherov’s eighth goal of the season which gives him a goal in all seven games this year.

There’s not much that can stop Kucherov so far, especially with him playing beside a healthy Steven Stamkos.

Tampa Bay dropped to 5-1-1 after a 5-4 shootout loss to the Devils.

Anderson earns record in U.S. capitol
Frederik Andersen made 30 saves for the shutout as the Toronto Maple Leafs blanked the Washington Capitals 2-0.

The Leafs goaltender also set a record in the process.

Impressive feat, right?

Anderson is in his second season with Toronto and this was his first shutout of the season. He had four last year in a career-high 66 starts.

Boeser a difference maker for Canucks
Brock Boeser is continuing to produce for the Vancouver Canucks.

The rookie was in the lineup for a third straight game on Tuesday and produced another goal for Vancouver — on the power play — as the Canucks beat the Ottawa Senators 3-0.

Boeser’s goal wasn’t pretty as he jammed in a loose puck in front of the net, but it was good for his second goal in as many games. It also means that he’s picked up a point in all three of the games that he’s played in this season.

The 20-year-old was a healthy scratch for Travis Green’s Canucks lineup in the first two games of the season despite being heavily hyped entering the year.

If anything, the scratch appears to have sparked Vancouver’s 2015 first-round pick.

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Strome gets his first goal
The monkey is off the back for Oilers forward Ryan Strome.

The centre had his first goal in an Oilers sweater and assisted on another in a 5-3 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes.

Strome was acquired by Edmonton in an off-season trade for Jordan Eberle and had struggled up until this point in the season.

The Oilers are hoping that the 2011 fifth-overall draft pick can re-find his scoring groove that he had in 2014-15 when he scored 17 goals and 33 assists. And they could use an extra spark as well after now losing four in a row.

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