Carolina capped off a spectacular comeback over the Winnipeg Jets and win 4-2 as they keep ahold of the division lead. The penultimate home game of the regular season saw the team embark on yet another storm surge and clinch home ice in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Now, they just need to figure out who their first-round opponent will be.
Carolina started poorly in this game, giving up two goals that they just shouldn’t. A defensive breakdown left one of the best goalscorers in the league alone in front with Antti Raanta sliding from post to post. Not a great start, but you can survive it if you have the ability to score. Carolina quickly found themselves down 2-0 off of a snipe from the right dot. This was going to be an uphill fight.
For about half an hour, that’s how the score started, until the Canes would tally a powerplay goal in the final minute of the second period during a 4-on-3. Teuvo Teravainen would be the one to get the Canes on the board and back into this one. With the Finnish winger sparking life in the Hurricanes, we knew that the third period was going to need a vintage Canes performance to get two points.
We were not disappointed. Three goals in the final frame for the Hurricanes capped off the comeback, and they ground the Jets in a game that they were down 2-0 in with less than a minute remaining in the second period. Sluggish starts have become an unwanted common occurrence as of late, but the team found a way to overcome this one.
Carolina winning keeps them at the top of the NHL’s Metropolitan Division. They continue to set the pace with the New York Rangers hot on the heels of the Canes. Carolina will make the complete tour of New York City for their next three games as they play against the Devils, Islanders, and Rangers in New York before returning home to finish the season off.