The Carolina Hurricanes scored twice in the third period to tie the game but fell short in overtime to the Winnipeg Jets, 4-3 on Thursday night in front of a sell out crowd in Winnipeg. Dustin Byfuglien scored the game winner for the home team 1:23 into the extra period.
Alexander Semin tied the game with 1:12 left in regulation and Tuomo Ruutu scored twice, his first two goals of the season, to lead Carolina.
After a slow first period in which the Canes only put three shots on goal while falling behind 1-0, the team came back with a better effort in the second even as they fell behind 2-0. Defensemen Zach Bogosian and Paul Postma had the goals for the Jets.
Midway through the second, Justin Faulk made a nice pass to Ruutu and the Finn made a nifty move before lifting the puck over Ondrej Pavelec to make it 2-1.
Pavelec was on top of his game and at one time robbed Faulk of a goal during a powerplay chance when the defenseman had an open chance as he got behind the Jets defense.
Early in the third period, Blake Wheeler got a step on the defense and beat Justin Peters to stake the Jets to a 3-1 lead. Peters also made a few grade A saves of his own throughout the contest.
Even as they were back down by two goals, the Canes did not give up and Ruutu made it 3-2 when he tipped a Marc-Andre Bergeron shot in the net 12:22 into the third.
Late in the game, Carolina coach Kirk Muller pulled his goalie out of the game to gain a man advantage and in the past the Canes have usually gone on to allow an empty net goal, but not this night. Jordan Staal worked the puck off the boards to Jiri Tlusty, who put a shot on net. Semin was there to roof in the rebound.
During overtime, Muller gambled and played three forwards, Eric Staal, Ruutu, and Semin, along with Joe Corvo and the strategy backfired when the puck got behind the three and Byfuglien followed up an Andrew Ladd shot for the game winner.
The Jets are 6-2 in overtime this season while the Canes dropped to 1-3.
The club will return home to face the Flyers on Saturday night.
- After the slow first period, the team had 12 shots on goal in both the second and third periods. The Jets outshot them for the game, 31-27. Justin Faulk had a team high four.
- Faulk also had a team high 25:53 of ice time.
- The Canes had six minor penalties while the Jets were just called for one.
- Illegal Curve has some post game audio here: Hurricanes post game audio