After scoring 14 goals in two games, the Winnipeg Jets were put down offensively in a loss to the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday night.
The Hurricanes scored in the first inning of the game and completely outscored the Jets with an aggressive style of play in a 4-2 victory at the Canada Life Center to close out the stay at home.
“They skate very, very well,” said head coach Paul Maurice. “They skate to check and we were slow with that and slow without the record. Our disc carrier didn’t budge and that held up the other forwards. This is not a game where you can easily pass the puck across the ice. It has to be indirect, it has to be adjusted for speed. I was able to play the same type of skating game, and we didn’t skate well from turn one.
“We just weren’t ready to play. That’s my job for the style of play that was going to be played today. We didn’t skate well enough to hope to win. “
It was the Jets’ first game without defender Neal Pionk, who was serving the first of his two-game knee suspension.
Nikolaj Ehlers scored for the third straight game and Pierre-Luc Dubois also scored a second-period marker, but the Jets’ short streak of two straight wins was still on hold.
The Jets were outshot 15-5 in the first 20 minutes and 34-18 was the final game total.
“We weren’t very fast in the first one,” Ehlers said. “And it got better in the second, but when a team is this aggressive, you want to take the records out, put them in deep and work from there. I think we were able to do that a little better in the second period, but we have to do better, and that is something that we are obviously going to look at and talk about. “
And the game wasn’t without a bit of controversy. Sebastian Aho appeared to push off Connor Hellebuyck’s pad before he scored the Canes’ second goal. After the goal was allowed to count, the Jets contested the goalie interference, but it was denied.
“It’s goalie interference,” Hellebuyck said. “Incidental contact is allowed, but it was not incidental contact. He drove me through and didn’t get the puck until he turned me 90 degrees. So, I don’t want to say I had it completely covered, but it was stuck in my notebook because of me. And it only came free once I turned all the way around.
“And his cane was on my knee and he wouldn’t let me do anything. I became useless. So, for me, that’s a goalkeeper interference. “
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Jaccob Slavin opened the scoring just 30 seconds into play when his shot slid across a screen and beat Hellebuyck on five holes.
The Hurricanes continued to push in the first but Hellebuyck was outstanding in the period, deflecting the other 14 shots he faced.
But like the first, the second period also got off to a poor start for the Jets. Just 1:12 into frame, Aho hit the puck through Hellebuyck and into goal to make it 2-0.
Winnipeg decided to challenge the play, arguing that Aho was interfering with Hellebuyck. While it appeared that Aho pushed Hellebuyck’s pads with his stick and that helped propel the puck into the net, officials did not cancel the call on the ice.
That gave the Hurricanes a power play that only lasted 33 seconds as Vincent Trocheck took a hook penalty for Carolina.
At the assured 4-on-4, the Jets cut the lead in half when a long pass from Nate Schmidt to Paul Stastny established a two-on-one. Stastny found Ehlers not making a mistake for his 10th of the season and fourth in their last three games.
With just under four minutes to go in the second and the Jets on a power play, Blake Wheeler sent one on goal from the half wall and Dubois, with his stick between his legs, redirected it past Frederik Andersen to tie. the game.
Most Canada Life Center fans didn’t realize how skilled the deviation was until it was shown on replay, sending a wave of ooh and ah through the crowd.
But the game was not tied for long. Josh Morrissey received a cross penalty, Stastny broke his stick on the penalty and Martin Necas finished off a crazy fight off Hellebuyck to put the Canes up 3-2 with just 20 seconds left in the period.
It was the second consecutive period in which Carolina hit 15 shots on goal, and after averaging about 40 shots per game in recent weeks, the Jets had managed just 13 to 40 minutes.
The Hurricanes would extend the lead early in the third after Adam Lowry suffered a retention penalty. Trocheck got stuck on a loose puck in the power play to make it 4-2, yet another goal conceded by one of the NHL’s worst penalty units.
Winnipeg nearly cut the lead moments later when Dubois deflected a loose puck through Andersen, but the Canes goalkeeper swung his leg as the puck slid toward the goal line to keep it out. Dubois thought he had scored, throwing up his hands, and the goal horn howled briefly before the referees correctly called him no goal.
The Jets would have ample opportunity to cut the deficit at the 7:39 mark when Ian Cole took his third penalty of the game and was sent off for him, a major penalty for kneeling to Mark Scheifele a day after Pionk scored a double. . Rasmus Sandin knee suspension Sunday night.
But Winnipeg’s power play was no match for Carolina’s penalty, the second-tightest in the league. The Jets managed just two shots on goal in the five-minute men’s lead, prompting some boos from disappointed fans.
With just over three minutes to go, the Jets decided to shoot the goalie and Ehlers had to make a big jump play to keep a goal safe. Josh Morrissey also made a good save, but the Jets didn’t get any additional offense from the empty net.
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Both teams made just five shots in the final frame. Hellebuyck finished with 30 saves in the loss, while Andersen saved 16 shots in the victory.
The Jets placed Pionk on concussion protocols after Jason Spezza knelt on his head in their previous game. Spezza received a six-game suspension Tuesday for the incident.
The Jets also lost forward Riley Nash when the Tampa Bay Lightning claimed him Tuesday morning.
The Jets finished the four-game home run with a 2-2 record. Winnipeg is now heading west for a quick back-to-back outing in Seattle on Thursday night.
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