Hurricanes score 3 times in 2nd to top Jets 3-2
- Associated Press
- March 22, 2014 - 9:30 PM
WINNIPEG, Manitoba — The Carolina Hurricanes scored three straight goals in just under three minutes in the second period and held on for a 3-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday.
Jim Slater scored his first goal of the season 7:48 into the second to give Winnipeg a 1-0 lead.
But Eric Staal responded 37 seconds later with his 17th goal to tie it. Jordan Staal followed his brother with his 15th of the season on a power play, and Riley Nash scored his ninth for the Hurricanes at 11:18.
Hurricanes defenseman Andrej Sekera had a pair of assists, giving him 31 on the season to go with 11 goals.
Bryan Little scored his 21st goal for Winnipeg 1:27 into the third period, but the Hurricanes were able to hold off the Jets for the win.
Cam Ward had 30 saves for Carolina. Al Montoya stopped 29 shots while making his fourth straight start in net for Winnipeg since Ondrej Pavelec went out with a lower-body injury. He's expected to return to action next week.
Winnipeg, which heads out on a five-game road trip beginning Monday in Dallas, remained at 73 points. Heading into the game, the Jets were six points back of the final wild-card spot in the Western Conference.
The Jets were coming off a 5-4 overtime win against Colorado on March 19. The loss to Carolina was Winnipeg's 40th one-goal game this season and the Jets are 18-13-9 in those games.
Carolina, which lost 3-2 to Chicago Friday night, is 2-3-0 in its last five games.
Ward was the difference in a scoreless first period.
Winnipeg had a two-man advantage for 42 seconds early in the first, but Ward opened on a roll. Ward's quickness helped him get his pad in line to defend a shot by Little during the 5-on-3 as the Jets mounted an early 9-0 lead in shots on goal.
Later in the period, it looked as though Little was going to score into a wide-open side of the net, but Ward whipped out his stick and the puck hit the paddle.
Winnipeg closed the first period ahead 13-6 in shots on goal.
Slater was a factor in two goals in the second period, in good and bad ways.
His first goal, in his 17th game of the season, began with him winning the faceoff back to defenseman Mark Stuart. The blue liner shot the puck and it deflected off Slater and past Ward.
But the 1-0 lead disappeared quickly as Carolina scored the first of three straight goals in 2 minutes and 53 seconds.
Eric Staal's goal made it 1-1, and then Jordan Staal made it 2-1 just over 90 seconds later when he went through Jets defenders and scored over Montoya's blocker at 10:10 while Slater was in the penalty box for tripping.
Just 68 seconds after that goal, Nash scored after going around the back of the net with the puck and then banking it off Montoya for the 3-1 lead.
The Jets, who were outshot 21-8 in the second, were working without defenseman Zach Bogosian, who left in the period with an upper-body injury.
Winnipeg closed the gap 3-2 in the third when Michael Frolik passed the puck from the back of the net to Little at the front, who made his shot count.
It appeared Stuart tied it six minutes later, but the goal was waved off for goaltender interference as Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien fell on top of Ward in the crease and was lying on his right arm.
NOTES: Jordan Staal's power-play goal was the first the Jets have allowed at home in five consecutive games. Winnipeg's penalty kill was ranked fifth-best (84.8 percent) in the NHL heading into the game. ... The game was the second of Carolina's 18 sets of back-to-back games this season. It plays two more. Only New Jersey has more back-to-back sets this season with 22. The Hurricanes so far are 9-8-1 in the first game of their sets and 5-10-3 in the second game.
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