The Carolina Hurricanes may have came back to send their game against the Winnipeg Jets to overtime, but the team was still eliminated from playoff contention on Thursday night.
The Hurricanes ended up losing the game, 4-3, after Dustin Byfuglien scored about a minute and a half into overtime. The Hurricanes were losing 3-1 at one point of the game but were able to mount a small comeback after Tuomo Ruutu scored his second of the game and Alexander Semin scored with just over a minute left in the game to tie it.
Ruutu scored his first goal after receiving a pass from Justin Faulk in the slot. Ruutu deked around two Jets’ defenders and then snapped a wrist shot past Ondrej Pavelec. The Finland native’s second goal came in the third period after he deflected a Marc-Andre Bergeron shot into the net. Semin’s goal came off a rebound with Justin Peters pulled to send the game to overtime.
Ruutu scored his first goals of the season after missing most of the year after having hip surgery in January. Semin was on a seven-game goalless drought so it was nice to see the two forwards contribute to the offense.
At one point of the game it looked like the Hurricanes had lost all chances of winning. The team had applied a ton of pressure on the power-play while being down 1-0, but Pavelec made two highlight reel saves to keep the Jets in the lead. A few minutes later Paul Postma scored to take a two-goal lead.
It was nice to see the Hurricanes come back from a game that had the chance of being a blow-out, but it’s a shame for the team that it could not put together games like this earlier in the season.