Jets' playoff hopes take big hit with loss to Hurricanes

Winnipeg Jets goaltender Al Montoya kicks out his pad on a chance for Carolina Hurricanes centre...

Winnipeg Jets goaltender Al Montoya kicks out his pad on a chance for Carolina Hurricanes centre Manny Malholtra during NHL action at MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Man. on Sat., March 22, 2014. (Kevin King/QMI Agency)

PAUL FRIESEN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:31 PM ET

The Winnipeg Jets lost a game they couldn’t afford to lose, Saturday.

Playing a horrid second period, the Jets gave up three goals in less than three minutes, dropping a 3-2 decision to the Carolina Hurricanes.

The loss all but kills Winnipeg’s already slim playoff hopes, as the Jets head out on the road virtually needing to win their last 10 games of the season to stand a chance of reaching the post-season.

The teams played a scoreless first period, but only because of Carolina goalie Cam Ward.

Ward robbed Bryan Little twice, one a diving stick save that had Little looking skyward.

Carolina didn’t manage its first shot until eight minutes into the game.

The Jets got on the board in the second period, when Jim Slater, fresh off the birth of his first child this week, scored his first goal of the season on a deflection.

But Carolina answered 37 seconds later, and scored twice more in the next three minutes to take a 3-1 lead.


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