Coming off a 3-2 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks, the Carolina Hurricanes played the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday night. The Carolina Hurricanes were led by Cam Ward in their 3-2 win over the Jets.
37 seconds later, Eric Staal tied it up at one. After Al Montoya turned it over, Eric Staal was able to get it past the Jets net-minder in a scrum out front of the net. Jiri Tlusty and Andrej Sekera got the assists.
Jordan Staal gave the Carolina Hurricanes a 2-1 lead at 10:10 of period two. Jordan Staal came flying down the wing, and he sniped it past Al Montoya. Andrej Sekera and John-Michael Liles got the assists.
Riley Nash extended the Carolina Hurricanes lead to 3-1 just 1:08 later. The Canes third line had a great, hard working shift, and it ended with Riley Nash jamming it past Montoya along the goal line. Jeff Skinner and Patrick Dwyer got the assists.
Bryan Little was robbed by Cam Ward in the first period, but he scored to make it 3-2 at 1:27 of period three. After a Justin Faulk turnover, Michael Frolik passed it to a wide open Bryan Little in front of Cam Ward, and he scored easily.
My Three Stars
1st Star: Cam Ward – 33 saves on 35 shots, .943 save percentage
2nd Star: Andrej Sekera – 2 assists, 4 blocked shots, 24:55 TOI
3rd Star: Eric Staal – 1 goal, 9/14 faceoffs (64%), 3 shots on goal, 18:18 TOI
The Carolina Hurricanes defeated the Winnipeg Jets 3-2 on Saturday night in Manitoba.
Cam Ward was truly magnificent against the Winnipeg Jets. It was hands down his best game all year, and he was the reason why the Carolina Hurricanes defeated the Jets. He made 33 saves on 35 shots.
In the first period, the Carolina Hurricanes struggled to get anything going offensively, and they were tough to watch in their own end too. Cam Ward made 13 big saves in period 0ne, and he gave the Carolina Hurricanes a chance to get back in that game in the second period.
Justin Faulk probably had his worse game of the season on Saturday. He was a minus player, he got beat in board battles, he had poor positioning, and he turned the puck over a lot. This was a game to forget for him.
Eric Staal had a great game. He played the game the right way. He focused on his own end first, and he made a few big defensive plays. He also scored the goal that tied the game at one in the second period.
The Carolina Hurricanes are now 11 points behind the New York Rangers fort the 3rd place spot in the Metropolitan Division, and 8 points behind the Detroit Red Wings for the 2nd Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference.
The Carolina Hurricanes will return to the PNC Arena on Tuesday night when they take on the New York Islanders. Cam Ward will likely get the start for the Carolina Hurricanes in that one.