Tracking the Storm: Analysis
- The Carolina Hurricanes saw their winless streak extended to six games with a 4-1 loss to the Winnipeg Jets, who the team now trails by six points for first place in the Southeast Division. Jiri Tlusty netted the lone goal for the Hurricanes, the first goal of the game, but Winnipeg piled on four unanswered goals to claim victory. “Quite honestly, I’m very disappointed,” head coach Kirk Muller said. “No excuses, and not taking anything from Winnipeg, but that wasn’t our best game, and it wasn’t our best performance by some individuals. I’m very surprised.”
- More from Muller: “Player to player, they’ve just got to look in the mirror and go, ‘What can I do better? What can I bring more?’” he said. “There are no excuses. We can be better, and it all comes to one thing: work. If you don’t work and don’t outwork your opponent, you won’t win.”
- Eric Staal on what the team has to do to break their recent slide: “You’ve got to do it collectively. We’ve done enough talking. We’ve done enough trying to figure it out. It just takes, to a man, collectively, doing the right things, doing your job and doing it better. It’s clearly not been good enough.”
- In Thursday’s 4-1 loss to New Jersey, the Canes mustered just seven shots on goal in the final 40 minutes. That wasn’t the case tonight, as the Hurricanes recorded 39 shots, including 26 in the latter two periods. “A lot of shots is a step in the right direction, but just not enough,” Jay Harrison said. “It’s just not quite there.”
- Tlusty’s first-period tally came just a second after a minor penalty to Olli Jokinen expired. The scoring chance leading to the goal was generated on the man advantage, but regardless, the goal counts the same whether it was scored on the power play or at even strength. It just would have been nice, statistics wise, for the 29th-ranked home power play to notch a goal.
- The second period continues to give the Hurricanes fits. Once their strongest 20 minutes of the season, Carolina has been outscored 8-0 in the middle frame in its last six games (0-5-1). Before that stretch, the Canes outscored opponents 34-15.
- Playing above .500 on the road at 8-5-2, the Hurricanes will play their next three games away from Raleigh, as they travel through Canada from Toronto to Winnipeg to Montreal. Sinking in the standings, the Canes need points any way they can get them, at this point, and a re-match with the Jets on Saturday afternoon figures to be yet another pivotal tilt. “Everything matters a little bit more. Every game is more important. But we’ve got to catch on with it,” Muller said. “That was a huge game tonight, and desperation, work ethic, all of that has to match up with what’s going on in the league.”
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Evander Kane had a goal and three assists to lead the Winnipeg Jets past the Carolina Hurricanes 4-1 on Tuesday.
Kane assisted Olli Jokinen's goal in the first period and goals by Tobias Enstrom and Alexander Burmistrov in the second to help the Jets extend their lead in the Southeast Division to six points over Carolina, which is in the midst of a 0-5-1 slide.
Ondrej Pavelec had 38 saves for Winnipeg.
Kane was credited with a third-period goal when Carolina defenseman Jamie McBain swatted at the puck and knocked it into the net past Justin Peters.
Jiri Tlusty scored his 14th of the season for Carolina, which has scored one goal in each of its past five games.
Peters, making the start after injuries to Cam Ward on March 3 and Dan Ellis on Thursday, made 31 saves for the Hurricanes.
With the Jets ahead 2-1 and 3:21 left in the second period, Burmistrov was credited with a goal after shooting once, having the deflection bounce to him chest-high and then into the net. After a lengthy review, the goal stood to make it 3-1.
Enstrom blasted a shot over Peters' left shoulder at 11:31 of the second, eight seconds after Jordan Staal was called for high sticking.
Tlusty opened the scoring at 6:06 of the first. Riley Nash passed from behind the net to Tlusty, who one-timed it past Pavelec.
Winnipeg tied it at 13:44 of the first. Kane poked the puck free near the Winnipeg blue line and raced in on a 2-on-1 break. He slid the puck to Jokinen, who beat Peters for his sixth goal of the season.
NOTES: The Hurricanes placed forwards Jussi Jokinen and Tim Wallace on waivers earlier Tuesday. Jokinen has five goals and five assists in 30 games, and Wallace has one goal in 21 games. Both are minus-7 for the season. Jokinen is in the second of a three-year contract that pays $3 million a season. ... Carolina's Alexander Semin played his 500th NHL game. ... The teams played the second of four meetings in the lockout-shortened season. The remaining two games are in Winnipeg. ... The Jets improved to 10-6-2 on the road, and the Hurricanes fell to 7-9-0 at home. .. Carolina fell to 8-2-2 when scoring first. ... The Hurricanes were outscored 12-3 on their three-game homestand.