Photos and comments on the recent Jets vs Canes came in from the CNNC sports correspondent. Enjoy!
Winnipeg did a commendable job preventing the Hurricanes from getting sticks on pucks – and there were rebounds to be had at times – in the dirty areas of the ice. Patrik Laine scored two goals to lead the jets to a 3-2 victory over the Canes. It was his second straight game with two goals. It was also his third multi-goal game in the last four games and has seven multi-point nights during his streak. Paul Stastny had a goal and an assist, and Connor Hellebuyck stopped 33 shots for the Jets. Winnipeg improved to 7-2 in its last nine to close within six points of Nashville for the Central Division lead.
To the Hurricanes credit, they didn’t fold after Winnipeg’s third goal. They continued to push and were eventually rewarded on a rebound. Connor Hellebuyck made the initial save on Slavin’s shot, but the rebound bounced out to Staal, and he buried it for his 15th goal of the season. Teuvo Teravainen scored for the fourth straight game for the Hurricanes and Cam Ward made 20 saves. Carolina fell to 2-5-2 in its last nine as it tries to hold on to the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
“They made it hard to get to the net and create plays. That’s what good teams do,” Staal said. “It’s playoff-style hockey right now. I thought we’ve been digging in, working hard and battling hard. We came up short tonight, but the effort and chances were there. It just didn’t quite go our way.”
The Hurricanes scored at least three goals in each of their last three games (2-0-1) coming into tonight’s game, in which they were unable to find a third tally. Peters often calls the league a “race to three,” and Winnipeg won that leg tonight.