NHL Game Summary - Winnipeg at Carolina|
(Thursday, February 21st)
Final Score: Winnipeg 4, Carolina 3
Raleigh, NC (Sports Network) - Blake Wheeler scored the game-winning goal with
just under five minutes left to lift the Winnipeg Jets past the Carolina
Hurricanes, 4-3, on Thursday.
Wheeler also lit the lamp in the first period, while Evander Kane and Andrew
Ladd added one goal apiece for the Jets, who have won the first two tilts of a
five-game road swing.
"It wasn't the prettiest game we're going to win but it doesn't matter,"
Wheeler said. "It's two points in the standings against a division rival."
Ondrej Pavelec had 27 saves in the triumph.
Jiri Tlusty scored a pair of goals and Jordan Staal added one goal for the
Hurricanes, who have dropped back-to-back contests following a three-game
Cam Ward stopped 19 shots in the setback.
Kane broke a 1-1 deadlock just 2:10 into the third period with a goal from the
right circle. Kane corralled a loose puck deep in the Carolina zone, skated to
the bottom of the right circle and ripped a snap shot between Ward and the
The Hurricanes answered just 1 1/2 minutes later when Staal beat Pavelec with
a goal off a faceoff in the offensive zone. Staal took a pass from Jay
Harrison in traffic and blasted a wrister to tie the game 2-2.
Just under 11 minutes elapsed before Ladd's wrister off a rebound put the Jets
back in front, 3-2.
Carolina, though, knotted it up at 3-3 with Tlusty's second goal of the night
at 14:50. Tlusty corralled a loose puck in the Winnipeg zone, skated to the
net and fired a snap shot past Pavelec.
"We have to do a better job," Tlusty said. "We didn't execute after the goal
we scored and that was the big key."
Wheeler scored the game-winner 16 seconds later on a breakaway. After the puck
bounced off a Carolina defenseman, Wheeler controlled the disc and sent it
over Ward's glove for the eventual game-winner.
The Jets got on the board just 1:53 into the game when Wheeler lit the lamp
with a wrister from the top of the left circle.
Carolina tied the game with 1:21 remaining in the first period when Alexander
Semin found Tlusty with a spectacular between-the-legs pass. Tlusty banged it
past Pavelec to pull even with the visitors.
Jets defenseman Zach Redmond was hospitalized Thursday after having his leg
seriously cut by a teammate's skate during a morning practice. Redmond
sustained a laceration to the back of his leg as the Jets were preparing for
Thursday's game. The rookie was transported to a local hospital for an
emergency procedure after reportedly losing a significant amount of blood, but
the injury is not considered life-threatening ... The Jets have won five of
the last seven meetings with Carolina ... Ladd, who played in his 500th career
game, also had two assists.
02/22 00:34:55 ET