VI Mobile Scores and Betting OddsVI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds Be Social
Betting Tools

Hurricanes snap skid, down Jets 3-1

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) - Goaltender Justin Peters helped the Hurricanes put some pressure on Winnipeg in the Southeast Division.

Peters stopped 34 shots Saturday as Carolina edged closer to the Jets with a much-needed 3-1 win.

``Peters had a great game and gave us a chance to win,'' said Carolina coach Kirk Muller, as his team narrowed the division gap to four points.

Alex Semin and Eric Staal each had a goal and an assist for the Hurricanes (16-15-2), who snapped a seven-game winless streak.

Jussi Jokinen also scored for Carolina.

Olli Jokinen scored for the Jets (18-16-2), who came to life in the second period only to have their momentum sapped by a string of penalties.

Winnipeg coach Claude Noel had little to say after the game.

``No one's more disappointed than us,'' he said, noting they still lead the Southeast Division.

``The division race is going to get played out (but) it's not what we had in mind.''

Peters, a third-stringer, is starting for Carolina because of injuries.

First the Canes lost starter Cam Ward for what could be the season to a ligament injury and they're also playing without backup Dan Ellis, after his leg was cut just over a week ago in a 4-1 loss to the New Jersey Devils.

Peters, who had allowed four goals in each of his past two starts, says he's still learning.

``I approach every game the same, no matter what the circumstances,'' he said. ``I try to take the same approach every game and give my best effort every night.''

Muller said the team wasn't in desperation mode coming into Winnipeg.

``Today was not a do or die,'' said Muller, who said they came in knowing there were 16 games still to play before the season wraps.

``For us it was more, if we can be a good hockey team for 16 games that's what we're after.''

Staal said the win was very important to his team.

``We needed to catch this team and win this game,'' he said, adding that controlling faceoffs helped lock it down. Carolina won 61 percent of the faceoffs Saturday.

``Especially on the road, you want to make sure you're starting with the puck and if you're strong in that area, you have a better chance of making plays and we were good in that area tonight.''

The Jets were disappointed by their first loss this season to Carolina.

``It was disappointing. It was a great opportunity for us to push these guys in a pretty deep hole,'' Blake Wheeler said.

He said they had their chances, but Peters stopped them.

``The second period it could have been 3-2, 4-2, 5-2, but their goalie made some great saves.''

The Hurricanes scored their first goal barely over a minute into the game when Semin snapped one in just a second after Winnipeg goalie Ondrej Pavelec had blocked Staal's wraparound attempt.

Jussi Jokinen's wrister at 9:41, one second after the end of Carolina's first power play of the game, made it 2-0.

Winnipeg put on pressure and outshot the Hurricanes 11-7 for the period, but the closest they came to getting past Peters was a goal post.

Olli Jokinen put Winnipeg on the board at 1:26 of the second on a neat backward pass from Evander Kane as he passed the Carolina net.

But Winnipeg took four penalties, including three that overlapped giving the Hurricanes a couple of brief 5-on-3 chances.

``In the second half of the second period we were in the box pretty much the whole 10 minutes,'' Olli Jokinen said.

Carolina regained its momentum in the third, with Staal snapping one from the right faceoff circle past Pavelec's glove just 28 seconds into the period.

``We've just got to get better in our zone next time,'' said Pavelec, who also gave Peters credit.

``They played as a team. He made some good saves. We had our chances but couldn't score.''

NOTES: The Jets won both their games in Carolina this season and the Hurricanes get one more crack to even the series April 18 when they play their last game in Winnipeg this season. The Jets head back out on the road to play the Rangers and Islanders Monday and Tuesday and Montreal on Thursday.

Copyright 2018 by STATS LLC and Associated Press.
Any commercial use or distribution without the express written
consent of STATS LLC and Associated Press is strictly prohibited.

Williams: In the Crease - Week 25
News: Grand Salami - March
Goalies battle physical, mental fatigue
Carolina's Pesce, Rask done for season
Lamoureux-Morando joins NHL Network
GMs call for change on goalie interference
'Monster year' could land Carlson payday
Blackhawks on sidelines for the playoffs
Why Buy Picks From
NHL Pro Hockey Handicapper Sports Picks Records
NHL Hot Streaks
7-0 +734 L4 Days, +3,133 Overall
3-0 +450 GPlays, 9-3 +920 L4 Days
9-2 +999 L11, +2,756 This Year
6-1 +625 L7, 17-6 +1,432 Streak
10-4 +651 Picks, 9-4 +541 G-Plays
11-5 G-Plays, +2,331 This Season
30-14 L44 Picks, 23-12 L35 G-Plays
NHL Pro Hockey Expert Sports Picks
Money Leaders
Handicapper Money
Stephen Nover + 3226
Bill Marzano + 2656
Matt Fargo + 2631
Underdog Leaders
Handicapper Money
Matt Fargo + 692
Gary Bart + 541
Bill Marzano + 435
Over-Under Leaders
Handicapper Money
Stephen Nover + 2564
Bruce Marshall + 904
Doc's Sports + 290
Guaranteed Leaders
Handicapper Money
Matt Fargo + 2872
Scott Rickenbach + 1118
Kevin Rogers + 1096
Favorite Leaders
Handicapper Money
Matt Fargo + 1899
Ben Burns + 1552
Scott Rickenbach + 1318
Member Leaders
Handicapper Money
ASA + 688
Scott Rickenbach + 628
Stephen Nover + 577
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, SAVE 10% off a Live Odds Pro subscription, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!
VI Gold Membership