December 9, 2011
Jets capture fourth win in a row
By Ken Wiebe, QMI Agency
WINNIPEG - If this was a typical trap game, somebody forgot to tell the Winnipeg Jets because there was no letdown on this night.
The Jets got goals from Dustin Byfuglien and Evander Kane before the game was six minutes old and added two more in a span of 72 second during the second period to earn a 4-2 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday night before a crwod of 15,004 at MTS Centre.
The Jets have now won four consecutive games for the first time this season and improved to 13-11-4 overall, leaving them one point behind the eighth-place Washington Capitals.
The Jets are back in action Saturday against the Detroit Red Wings (6:05 p.m., CBC, TSN 1290).
Byfuglien banked his shot from behind the goal-line off the right leg of Cam Ward just 34 seconds into the contest for his sixth of the season, while Kane snuck a seeing-eye shot from the left-wing boards through a screen from Bryan Little for his team-leading 15th of the campaign.
Tim Stapleton rifled home a shot during a 4-on-3 power play at 10:16 of the second and Little added his ninth of the season at 11:28 to chase Ward from the game after facing 30 shots.
Justin Faulk and Brandon Sutter scored for the Hurricanes, who fell to 1-5 under new head coach Kirk Muller.
Jets winger Blake Wheeler has three assists to give him two goals and 18 points in 28 games this season.
Chris Mason, making his fourth of the season, earned his third victory over the Hurricanes by making 23 saves.
Mike Murphy replaced Ward and made seven saves.
The Jets also improved to 3-0 in the season series against the Hurricanes, who reside in last place in the Southeast Division.
Defenceman Randy Jones drew into the Jets lineup (replacing Arturs Kulda), playing for the first time since blocking a shot on the ankle back on Nov. 3 against the New York Islanders.
Forward Nik Antropov missed his fourth consecutive game with an undisclosed injury, allowing Carl Klingberg to stay in the lineup.
The Hurricanes had newcomer Jaroslav Spacek in their lineup, but forward Jeff Skinner was a late scratch with what the team was calling “flu-like symptoms” which forced them to play with only 17 skaters.
The Jets raised nearly $7,800 and collected more than 2,500 unwrapped toys as part of the Christmas Miracle Toy and Cash Drive.