Blake Wheeler tallied three assists tonight to help lead the Winnipeg Jets to their fourth consecutive victory on home ice against the Carolina Hurricanes.
Evander Kane and Dustin Byfuglien each recorded a goal and an assist and Jets goaltender Chris Mason stopped 23 of 25 shots on net to pick up his third win of the year. All three of those wins have come against the Hurricanes.
The Jets next head to Detroit for a date against the Red Wings on Saturday night as they look to keep their winning streak alive.
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The Jets didn't take long to get on the scoreboard as Dustin Byfuglien got a lucky bounce just 34 seconds into the game. Blake Wheeler had the puck down low and passed along to Byfuglien behind the 'Canes net. Despite the tough angle, Byfuglien threw it at the corner and it bounced off of Cam Ward and across the line to make it 1-0 Jets.
Things kept rolling along as Evander Kane added to the lead at 5:04 of the opening period. Blake Wheeler dug the puck out of the corner in the 'Canes zone and dished it off to Kane near the top of the left circle. Kane wound up and fired one past a screened Ward. Thanks to Bryan Little parked in front of the net, Ward didn't have a chance at seeing the puck. 2-0 Jets early.
After 20 minutes of play, the Jets led 18-7 on the shotclock.
With three Hurricanes in the box, Tim Stapleton added to the lead as he blasted a slap shot from the slot sending the water bottle to the air at 10:16.
1:12 later, Little widened the gap even further with another power play goal with Justin Faulk still in the box for the 'Canes. Wheeler dangled his way around his d-man and threw the puck on net. It hit Kane before landing on Little's stick, and Little quickly snapped past Ward into the back of the net to make it 4-0.
That was the end for Ward, as he was replaced by Mike Murphy.
After 40 minutes, the Jets were on top 4-0 and led 31-15 in shots.
The pace slowed down considerably for the first several minutes of the third period but the Hurricanes did manage to find the scoreboard at 8:24. Justin Faulk snapped the puck past traffic in front of the net and past Mason. Jaroslav Spacek, who arrived this afternoon from Montreal after being acquired in a trade, picked up an assist on the goal. 4-1 Jets.
Later in the period, with 7:47 left in regulation, Brandon Sutter narrowed the gap for the 'Canes as he deflected one past Mason on Tim Gleason's shot from inside the right circle. Spacek picked up his second of the night on the play. 4-2 Jets.