If the Carolina Hurricanes end up missing the playoffs by a point, this could be the game that will stand out to them. As time was winding down, a wide open Chris Thorburn scored his second goal of the season to give the Winnipeg Jets a 2-1 win over the Hurricanes in front of 14,033 at PNC Arena.
The Canes seemed to be gaining momentum in the third period and looked to be the fresher team, but after Riley Nash tied things up early in the period, they could not solve Ondrej Pavelec again, who made 28 saves on 29 shots for the game.
The Canes defense had a collective gaffe in their own end late in the game as they failed to clear a puck that looked to be easily cleared. Then Jacob Trouba skated the puck behind the net as Ron Hainsey chose to try to cut him off. Trouba then passed to Thorburn, who broke in behind the play all alone as the Carolina players were all standing watching the puck. The goal was scored with just 1:03 left in the game.
Anton Khudobin, the NHL's first player for the month of January, made 25 saves on 27 shots and had no chance on the game-winner.
After a scoreless first period, the Jets took the lead midway through the second after Michael Frolik beat Justin Faulk into the Carolina zone. When both Andrej Sekera and Nathan Gerbe went to cover him, that left Andrew Ladd all alone to clean up a juicy rebound after Frolik shot the puck hard into Khudobin's pads.
The Canes powerplay failed to generate anything for the club again this game. The team could not put a shot on goal their first chance and then could not capitalize during a 50 plus second, 5-on-3. John-Michael Liles did hit the post with a long shot, but there was no taking advantage of their two extra men.
The Canes have two more games in their current homestand this Friday and Saturday night before the Olympic break.