Winnipeg Jets 4 Carolina Hurricanes 3 (OT) – The win over the Hurricanes ran the Jets winning streak to five. All five of the wins have come at the MTS Centre as the Jets have now played five of six games on their current home stand.
The home stand ends against the surging New York Islanders onSaturday afternoon. (TSN Jets, TSN 1290).
For the second straight game the Jets went to overtime. In both games the team saw a 3-1 lead disappear, and in both games the team found a way to win. Tuesday against Tampa it was via the shootout, against Carolina it was a winning goal early in overtime.
With the win, the Jets remain tied on points for eighth in the Eastern Conference with the New York Rangers, although the Jets are officially ninth because the Rangers have a game in hand (the Rangers play in Buffalo on Friday). The Jets did however move to within two points of the Washington Capitals for top spot in the Southeast as the Capitals had their eight-game winning streak snapped in Ottawa. The Jets and Caps each have four games left with one head-to-head game in Washington remaining. The Jets have two home and two away games remaining.
Zach Bogosian (4) opened the scoring with the only goal of the first period. It was the fifth time in the last six games that the Jets scored first.
The Jets took a 2-0 lead on a power play goal by Paul Postma (4), after Ondrej Pavelec (nine straight starts) made three great saves in the first five minutes of the second period. Pavelec's best was a spectacular stick save to rob Justin Faulk. Tuomo Ruutu made it a 2-1 game with his first of the year and that is way the second period ended.
Blake Wheeler (17) put the Jets ahead 3-1 but despite the Hurricanes being out of the playoff chase, there was no quit in their game as they had 24 shots on goal the last two periods, after being outshot 10-3 in the first. Ruutu with his second brought the Hurricanes to within one. Then, with their net empty in favour of the extra attacker, Alex Semin snapped a seven game goalless drought to tie the game with 1:12 to go for Carolina.
In overtime Dustin Byfuglien (8) scored his second overtime winner of the year to give the Jets the two points. Byfuglien put home the rebound off an Andrew Ladd shot to give the Jets their longest winning streak of the season, and also their longest since the move to Winnipeg.
It was another three point night for Ladd although he did have his three game goal-scoring streak snapped. His point streak is now at a season-high six games, tying his career high (4-8-12). Wheeler had his second straight three point night as well with a goal and two helpers to extend his point streak to five (3-7-10). Bryan Little chipped in with two assists to extend his point streak to five games (1-8-9) as well. In the five game win streak the line has combined for 30 points. Bogosian also had an assist for his third straight two-point game.
The Jets have now won the last 15 games in which Little has recorded a point. Byfuglien had seven hits and six shots on goal to lead the team in both categories while Grant Clitsome lead in ice time at 25:58, his highest of the season.
For Coach Claude Noel there was lots of emotion over the past two games with a shoot-out win followed by an overtime win.
"But we found a way to win two games in a row. Not the way you would draw it up, but it's the way we're doing it. It was good for us to win, we're the team dealing with pressure and stress. For us lot's to lose. So win the game was tied we're nervous, they're not," he said.
When the Byfuglien goal ended the game, "glad we got two points, but I wasn't doing cartwheels."