by Michael Smith
Tracking the Storm: Analysis
- After two evenly matched periods, the final 20 minutes featured back-and-forth action that ultimately did not favor the Carolina Hurricanes, who dropped a 4-3 decision to the Winnipeg Jets. The two teams combined for five third period goals, emerging from their respective dressing rooms after 40 minutes deadlocked at one. “I think overall we played a pretty solid game,” Tim Wallace said. “I thought the hockey gods would reward us, but there were a couple of bad breaks, and it’s definitely tough to swallow.”
- Over a span of 1:27 early in the third period, Evander Kane put the Jets up 2-1, and Jordan Staal tied the game 2-2. Ten minutes later, in the span of just 63 seconds, the game went from 3-2 Jets to tied 3-3 to 4-3 Jets, where it became the final score. “A back-and-forth game can go either way,” said Justin Faulk, who once again led the team in ice time with 29:01.
- Though it didn’t end with a favorable result, Ryan Murphy’s NHL debut was special. The 19-year-old defenseman logged 23:51 of ice time, ranking second on the team. He jumped into the rush on a number of occasions, at one point in the third period traveling end-to-end, putting a quality shot on net. “I thought he was great,” said head coach Kirk Muller. “For a young kid, he moves the puck well. Great decisions with the puck. Joined the rush at the right times. I was really happy with him.”
- Making his NHL debut that much more poignant was the fact that Murphy started the game. There’s not much of a better way to be introduced to “The Show.” “I was a bit [nervous] for the first couple of shifts, seeing Evander Kane and guys that I watch on TV come down on me, but as the game went on, you figure out that they’re just hockey players just like me, so I sunk into it and played my game,” Murphy said.
- Here’s how Murphy found out he was being recalled by the Hurricanes: “Coach Spott called me in and said he had some bad news, that I’d be missing the games in Kitchener that weekend. I was wondering what I did wrong at first, but then he told me the news,” he said. “Even if the game was in an hour, I would have tried to get down here.”
- Alexander Semin continues to show why he is an elite playmaker with the pass he made in the first period to find Jiri Tlusty on the doorstep. Semin curled the puck in no-look, backhand fashion through Zach Bogosian’s legs to hit Tlusty in stride for the easy tap-in goal. The pass was a thing of beauty, and I recommend watching it on a continuous loop.
- Tonight’s game marked the first of five divisional match-ups the Canes will have in their next seven games. With the format of this condensed season’s schedule, points are a valued commodity. Muller said it’s best for the Hurricanes to have a short memory with tonight’s outcome. “It’s almost like a playoff mentality. It’s done with. Let’s look at and learn from why we lost,” he said. “At the end of the day, it’s no excuses. Everyone has a job to do, and we’ve got to get it done. We win as a team and lose as a team, and we just didn’t close the door at the end as a group.”
RALEIGH, NC (AP) Feb. 21, 2013 – Blake Wheeler scored his second goal of the game with 4:54 remaining to lift the Winnipeg Jets to a 4-3 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday.
Wheeler sped in on a partial breakaway after Carolina defenseman Joe Corvo slipped near the blue line and beat goalie Cam Ward. Wheeler’s goal concluded a stretch where the teams scored three goals in a span of 1:03.
Andrew Ladd and Evander Kane also scored for Winnipeg and Ondrej Pavelec made 27 saves. Ladd also had two assists.
The Jets have won the first two games of a five-game road trip after losing three in a row at home.
Earlier in the day, Jets rookie defenseman Zach Redmond had surgery to repair a laceration to an artery in his right leg after a teammate accidentally stepped on him during the club’s morning skate.
The injury occurred near the end of practice when Redmond tripped and landed on his back. The teammate then stepped on Redmond with his skate, opening a sizeable wound in Redmond’s mid-thigh region – cutting the femoral artery.
Redmond was rushed to the hospital and underwent a three-hour operation, the team said. The Jets added that Redmond was resting comfortably and will be out indefinitely.
Carolina has lost two in a row after a stretch in which it went 5-0-1.
Ladd had given Winnipeg a 3-2 lead at 14:03 of the third after Ward failed to snag a floating puck and then whiffed on an attempt to clear it from the front of the net.
Tlutsy answered 47 seconds later on a quick shot from the slot. Wheeler’s go-ahead goal came 16 seconds after Tlutsy’s goal.
Kane gave the Jets a brief 2-1 lead at 2:10 of the third period, snapping a wrist shot from a sharp angle that eluded Ward’s glove.
Staal tied it 1:27 later when the puck bounced to him in the slot. Staal’s shot deflected off the skate of a Winnipeg defenseman and got past Pavelec.
The Jets opened the scoring at 1:53 of the first when Wheeler beat Ward blocker side on a harmless-looking wrist shot from the right boards. Ward couldn’t handle it, however, and the puck went off the post and into the net.
Carolina tied the score at 18:39 of the first period on a nifty play by Alexander Semin.
Eric Staal won the puck along the boards and found Semin, who was in front of the net to Pavelec’s left. Semin then spun and passed the puck through a pair of legs to Tlutsy, who knocked it into the open net.
Both teams had two-man advantages in the second period, but neither could take advantage. Winnipeg entered the game with the worst penalty killing unit in the NHL; Carolina had the league’s second worst.
NOTES: Defenseman Ryan Murphy made his NHL debut for Carolina after the Hurricanes recalled him from Kitchener of the Ontario Hockey League on an emergency basis. Murphy was Carolina’s first pick in the 2011 draft. … Winnipeg’s Ladd played in his 500th NHL game. Ladd began his career in Carolina.
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