Jets 4, Hurricanes 1

- March 26th, 2013

RALEIGH, N.C. — The Jets moved six points up on the Carolina Hurricanes in the Southeast Division with a 4-1 victory on Tuesday night.

Here are a few post-game thoughts:

• Jets netminder Ondrej Pavelec was great against the Canes. He robbed Jeff Skinner a couple of times, and Chad LaRose was all alone in front of the Winnipeg net but couldn’t get it past Pavelec. Goaltending coach Wade Flaherty came into the dressing room with a big smile on his face and gave his No. 1 tender a big bro hug that showed just how pleased he was with his performance.

• I’m pretty sure the Jets scored only two of their four goals on Tuesday night. There was no doubt that Jamie McBain scored on his own net in the third period, giving Evander Kane the goal, and it sure looked like goaltender Justin Peters accidentally knocked the puck into his own net with Alex Burmistrov charging hard at him in the second period.

• The loss wasn’t the fault of Carolina third-string Justin Peters. The Hurricanes weren’t terrible in front of him, but they weren’t great either. Carolina head coach Kirk Muller wasn’t happy. “No excuses, and not taking away anything away from Winnipeg, but that wasn’t our best game and it wasn’t the best performance by some individuals,” Muller said. “I was very surprised.”

• Jets winger Eric Tangradi Tweeted after the game that Wednesday is a holiday, because it’s Dustin Byfuglien’s 28th birthday. The Jets players will have the day off in Pittsburgh.

• Evander Kane has never experienced the NHL playoffs as a player, but he noted after the game that he did nothing but win during his time with the WHL’s Vancouver Giants. He wants to get back to that with the Jets. “I’m used to winning,” he said. “I consider myself a winner, and I want to win. The last three seasons without making the playoffs has not been my cup of tea, per se, and it’s nice to be back in a winning environment.”

• It sure looks now like the Jets are going to make the playoffs. They are six points up on ninth place with 14 games to go. Even if they lose to Pittsburgh on Thursday, they can solidify themselves even more with a win over the Hurricanes on Saturday at MTS Centre.

• On the other hand, after this team’s showing last week against Washington, the Jets are far from on top of their game.

• Off to Pittsburgh, where the Jets will battle Sidney Crosby and the Penguins on Thursday night. What an opportunity for the Jets to show what they’re made of.

 

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