Jets handle Hurricanes, extend division lead

The Winnipeg Jets celebrate a goal against the Carolina Hurricanes during the second period of...

The Winnipeg Jets celebrate a goal against the Carolina Hurricanes during the second period of their NHL hockey game in Raleigh, North Carolina March 26, 2013. (REUTERS/Ellen Ozier)

KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:58 AM ET

RALEIGH - Rihanna’s song Diamonds was blasting from the Jets dressing room on Tuesday night in the bowels of PNC Arena, so you knew it had been a good night.

The Winnipeg Jets faced the Carolina Hurricanes in one of their biggest games yet since moving from Atlanta nearly two years ago, and the result was a dominating 4-1 triumph that has the franchise the closest it’s been to a playoff spot in a long, long time.

The Jets, behind Evander Kane’s four-point performance, moved six points ahead of the Hurricanes atop the Southeast Division. Carolina has three games in hand, but Winnipeg can actually see the playoffs on the horizon.

Kane, who set a career high with three assists on Tuesday night, said the Jets shouldn’t be thinking now only about making the playoffs, but about getting that No. 3 seed and playing well going into the post-season.

“It’s a good feeling that you’re in a position,” Kane said. “You’re in the division lead. You control your own destiny from here on out, and we’ve got 14 games left to continue to pick up points and position ourselves in a good position hopefully going into the playoffs, not just squeaking in.”


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