The Carolina Hurricanes still have a share of the lead in the NHL’s Metropolitan Division, but they had to pull off a solid comeback in the third period on Thursday.
The Canes battled their way back into the game against the Winnipeg Jets at the PNC Arena, taking the lead on goals from defenseman Jaccob Slavin and then winger Seth Jarvis for a 4-2 victory.
The Canes kept pace with the New York Rangers, who easily outplayed the Islanders on Thursday. The two teams, which face off Tuesday at Madison Square Garden in New York, each have 108 points.
Jarvis’ goal at 8:21 of the third period put the Canes ahead 3-2 for their first lead of the game. The goal was challenged by interim Jets coach Dave Lowry, who claimed goalie interference by Jarvis, but the goal stood after review.
Jordan Staal’s empty-netter with 47 seconds left made it 4-2, giving goalkeeper Antti Raanta his 14th win of the season. Raanta made 20 saves.
The Jets led 2-0 after the first period after Kyle Connor’s 44th goal of the season and a goal and an assist from Pierre-Luc Dubois. Goaltender Eric Comrie apparently had all the answers, making 15 saves in the first and another 17 in the second before the Canes found the net,
Teuvo Teravainen’s power-play goal with 30 seconds left in the second period was his 20th of the season. He also assisted on Jarvis’ goal.
The Jets won’t make the Stanley Cup playoffs this season, but looked like a playoff-caliber team for most of Thursday’s game.
The Jets had lost three in a row – outscored 16-5 – and were 2-6-1 in their last nine games, Winnipeg captain Blake Wheeler spoke Thursday morning of a frustrating season, venting, speaking for 10 minutes with the media at PNC Arena.
“It’s the best part of the year to be a hockey player, except when you’re in our shoes, then it’s the worst,” Wheeler said. “It’s really disappointing. We have a lot of guys who don’t like to lose and don’t like the results we’re getting. Try to win, that’s all. Win the game tonight and find some kind of good feeling in our room.
Teravainen scored from the top of the slot with 30 seconds left in the second period — the winger scored 20 goals for the third time in his career.
Teravainen’s score came on a 4-on-3 power play after Vincent Trocheck of the Canes and Dubois of the Jets were penalized, then Josh Morrissey snagged Sebastian Aho. With Andrei Svechnikov on Comrie, Teravainen fired a well-placed shot.
Defenseman Tony DeAngelo had an assist, his 49th point of the season. That tied him with Justin Faulk (2014-15) for most points by a D-man in Hurricanes history.
Canes captain Jordan Staal was back in the lineup after missing a game with an upper body injury. Staal received a hard knock from Colorado’s Cale Makar in Saturday’s road game. …
Canes assistant coach Jeff Daniels was behind the bench after suffering a nasty cut in practice Thursday morning when he was hit on the top of the head by a puck.
This story was originally published April 21, 2022 9:38 p.m.