WINNIPEG - This was one of those nights where Andrew Ladd showed everyone who follows the National Hockey League why he wears the C for the Winnipeg Jets.
Make no mistake, this was not a one-man show but there was no doubt who was “driving the bus” as the Jets found a way to post another victory in this dramatic race to the finish line, a 4-3 shootout triumph over the Tampa Bay Lightning before an emotionally-charged crowd of 15,004 at MTS Centre on Tuesday night.
“He’s our leader in the dressing room, and he leads us on the ice. He really took tonight serious. He went out there and put us on his back and did a great job,” said Jets centre Bryan Little. “When he’s going he’s one of the better players in this league.”
By sheer numbers, Ladd did his part on the score sheet, producing a pair of goals to give him a team-high 18 on the season.