RALEIGH, NC. – The Carolina Hurricanes trailed 2-1 going into the third period Thursday, but struck three times in the final frame to take a 4-2 victory over the Winnipeg Jets.
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For a second straight Thursday at PNC Arena, the visiting netminder became a story early, as Eric Comrie made some mammoth stops to keep Winnipeg from falling behind in the opening stages. Last week it was Alex Nedeljkovic doing everything for Detroit, tonight Comrie was making save after save, allowing the Jets to eventually claim the game’s first goal despite Carolina’s attacks.
In fact, not only did they get the first, they also got the second as well, taking a 2-0 advantage into the second – although they were being outshot 15-7.
During the second Comrie’s high-level performance continued, turning away 18 more shots. However, before Winnipeg could take their two-goal advantage into the third, the Canes were given an abbreviated four-on-three to try and take some of the momentum heading into the final frame.
The outcome? AND Teuvo Teravainen power play tally, serving as what would be a big turning point in the game with just 30 seconds to go in the middle period.
Video: WPG @ CAR: Teräväinen nets PPG for 20th goal of season
Getting one by Comrie turned out to be what was needed for the floodgates to open, as Carolina came back out for the third with more wind in their sails.
It took just 4:10 for Jaccob Slavin to earn the game-tying tally, following up an incredible effort by Andrei Svechnikov and cleaning up the scraps to make it 2-2.
# 37 pushes the first attempt wide, gets it back, absolutely cooks two Jets defenders, has his shot blocked, gets that back, then gets another attempt on that causes a rebound that leads to the goal.
Monstrous shift. pic.twitter.com/HZF5zmCdnQ
– Walt Ruff (@WaltRuff) April 22, 2022
4:11 after Slavin’s marker, Winnipeg-born Seth Jarvis put home the game-winner for Carolina, also putting back a rebound to give his team their first lead of the night.
Video: WPG @ CAR: Jarvis breaks tie for his 15th of season
Then with the 3-2 advantage, Carolina’s dominance held Winnipeg to just one shot in the opening 11:50 of the third period. It was all Canes the rest of the way, eventually reaching a final shot total of 46-22.
Before the final horn sounded, Jordan Staalwho was making his return to the lineup after leaving Saturday’s third period early and missing Monday’s meeting in Arizona, hit the empty net, giving him his ninth goal in his last seven games.
They Said It:
Rod Brind’Amour‘with opening remarks, post-game …
“It looked like a familiar game. Thankfully, tonight we got the result. We’ve had a lot of these games over the last month. You can’t ask for much more, the other goalsies have just been playing great against us and then it starts to look like the same thing.I think the key was just breaking through there at the end of the second and saying ‘okay, we’re one shot out now, not two’. Then I thought we had a really good third and we definitely deserved that one. “
Jaccob Slavin on Andrei Svechnikov, who set up the defenseman’s goal in the third …
“He’s a special player, we’ve always known it. Ever since he was a rookie we’ve known that he’s had that ability and he’s just getting smarter now. He’s always had poise and now he’s continuing to get better and better and more It’s always nice as a defenseman to be able to give someone like that the puck. “
Teuvo Teravainen offering remarks on the power play, which has been a point of emphasis for improvement as of late …
“We’ve been trying to work on it every day. Sometimes you just don’t get the bounces, but we’ve been trying to improve and get better at the small things. It’s all about the battles and taking care of the puck. a little better. “
What’s Next ?:
The Canes are scheduled to practice Friday before departing for Newark. They’ll then take on the Devils Saturday afternoon.
- Tony DeAngelo had a game-high seven shots. Brendan Smith followed him with six.
- DeAngelo also picked up his 39th assist of the season tonight, now leaving him just one shy of the Canes all-time single season record for helpers by a defenseman (40 – Joni Pitkanen, 2009-10).
- Tervainen’s second period tally gave him 20 on the season, becoming the fifth player on the team to hit that mark this year. It is the first time the Canes have had five 20-goal scorers since 2006-07.
- Antti Raanta earned the win in net, stopping 20 out of 22.
- With the win the Canes advance to 50-20-8, hanging onto first place in the Metropolitan Division.
- Also with the win, the Canes are guaranteed to finish no lower than second in the Metro, meaning they will have home ice for the first round of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
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