NHL Game Summary - Winnipeg at Carolina
(Friday, November 25th)
Final Score: Winnipeg 3, Carolina 1
Raleigh, NC (Sports Network) - Andrew Ladd scored the eventual game-winning goal in the second period as the Winnipeg Jets took down the Carolina Hurricanes, 3-1, at RBC Center.
Evander Kane and Bryan Little scored the other goals, Zach Bogosian had two helpers and Chris Mason came up with 20 saves in addition to tallying an assist for the Jets, who have won four of their past five contests.
Jiri Tlusty netted the only goal and Cam Ward gave up two scores on 29 shots for the Hurricanes, who have dropped two straight and nine of their last 12 games.
The Jets took the lead for good at 6:25 of the second frame when Bogosian let one go from the point that was stopped by Ward, but the puck sat idle in the slot and Ladd pounced on it and slid it under the outstretched arm of the Carolina netminder.
Trailing by one, the Hurricanes elected to pull Ward with 1:27 left in regulation. Carolina got some pressure on Mason in the offensive zone, but the Winnipeg netminder stood tall and Little iced the game with an empty-netter with nine seconds left to account for the final score.
"I thought we were good," Jets head coach Claude Noel said. "The lines got unbalanced after a little while because of the score, but for the most part I thought we had some good effort and the guys played hard."
Winnipeg opened the scoring with 5:14 to go in the first period when Kane picked up the puck in the defensive zone and raced up the left wing into the offensive zone before he snapped one off the post and past Ward from the left circle for the 1-0 lead.
The Hurricanes answered at 5:17 of the second period, as Tlusty fanned on his initial shot from the slot as the puck was sliding off his stick before he re-gatherd and fired it past Mason to the stick side to tie the game at one.
"They were throwing everything at the net, getting their point shots through," Hurricanes captain Eric Staal said. "Once we got it into the offensive zone and we were cycling it around, we did get some looks but we didn't do it consistently enough and ended up with a loss."
Friday marked the second meeting between the teams this season. The Jets took a 5-3 decision in the first meeting on October 22, 2011...Carolina is 1-4-1 thus far this season against Southeast Division opponents...Carolina failed on four power play opportunities, while Winnipeg was 0-for-1 with the man advantage...Winnipeg will head to Boston to face the Bruins on Saturday, while the Hurricanes will face the Senators in Ottawa on Sunday.
11/25 23:53:12 ET