Laine scores twice in Jets' 3-2 win vs. Hurricanes

Chip Alexander, The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.) on

Published in Hockey

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Patrik Laine was the most dangerous player on the ice Sunday, and that was not a good thing for the Carolina Hurricanes.

Laine, the Finnish sharpshooter, had a pair of goals and could have had more as the Winnipeg Jets held off the Canes, 3-2, at PNC Arena.

The Canes (29-26-11) needed to win Sunday to stay in playoff position in the NHL Eastern Conference. Before their game began, the Florida Panthers had beaten the Philadelphia Flyers to move past the Canes and into the second wild-card spot with 70 points.

The Columbus Blue Jackets, with a late game Sunday against San Jose, could pass both with a victory.

The Jets, coached by former Hurricanes coach Paul Maurice, have one of the best teams in the Western Conference. A team with four-line balance, good size and speed, Winnipeg (39-17-9) became even stronger by adding veteran forward Paul Stastny and defenseman Joe Morrow before before the NHL trade deadline last week.

Stastny scored in the third period for a 3-1 lead after Ben Chiarot's shot went off the post and then hit a referee. Laine also assisted for his third point of the game.

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Jordan Staal's goal with 4:12 remaining in the third pulled the Canes within 3-2 but Carolina could not tie it after pulling goalie Cam Ward for a sixth attacker.

The Canes' first goal, credited to Teuvo Teravainen, came when the puck glanced off Jets defenseman Dmitry Kulikov in front of goalie Connor Hellebuyck. Teravainen, aiming a shot toward the crease, earned his 19th goal and has scored in each of the past four games.

"He's way more competitive on a consistent basis right now than he's ever been probably in his career," Canes coach Bill Peters said of the forward.

Hellebuyck gave up rebounds in the game but the Canes couldn't get to enough second chances other than Staal in the third. Nor did it help that Carolina was 0-3 on the power play.


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