Jets down Hurricanes 3-1
Andrew Ladd scored his 8th of the season in the 2nd period to lift the Winnipeg Jets over the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday night at the RBC Center in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Evander Kane opened the scoring in the 1st for Winnipeg after a breakout pass from Johnny Oduya allowed the Jets' leader in goals to break out from his own zone and fire one past Cam Ward. The first period also saw the Jets double the Hurricane's shot output with 14.
Early on in the 2nd period, in a recurring problem that exists on the Winnipeg blue line, Dustin Byfuglien was caught pinching which allowed Jiri Tlustly to fire a puck over the shoulder of Chris Mason to tie the game at 1.
In the 2nd period, Carolina went 14 minutes with only 4 shots on goal (including the goal by Tlustly) while being shot on 12 times.
The third period saw Carolina put the pressure on, but Chris Mason stood strong in net stopping all 10 shots in the 2rd, and 20 shots overall.
Cam Ward would leave for the extra attacker, but Winnipeg's Bryan Little would score into the empty cage with 9 seconds left in the 3rd, to put an end to the Cane's hope to push the game into OT.
Game Notes: Dustin Byfgulien missed the first 5 minutes of the second to treat a cut on his face which was sustained in the first period after a high stick. Carolina's Brian Boucher left the bench in the 2nd after being hit with a puck. Winnipeg reaches .500 for the first time this season, and overtake 3rd place in the Southeast Division.