WINNIPEG- The Jets can breath a huge sigh of relief as they let a two-goal slip away in the third period but got a huge 4-3 win in overtime against the Carolina Hurricanes.
Winnipeg has now won five in row but still remain tied for eighth place with the New York Rangers who continue to win as well.The good news is the Jets are now only two points back of the Capitals who are the Southeast division leaders and the two teams will play in Washington next week.
The Jets got another huge performance from goalie Ondrej Pavelec who made 24 saves with at least three highlight saves of the night candidates in the victory.
Justin Peters stopped 27 shots in the loss.
Zach Bogosian got his 4th goal of the year from Andrew Ladd and Bryan Little to give the Jets a 1-0 lead.
Winnipeg dominated the first period as they outshot Carolina 10-3.
In the second, Paul Postma got his 4th on the power play from Blake Wheeler and Bogosian to make 2-0.
The Hurricanes made a game of it when Tuomo Ruutu got his 1st of the year from Justin Faulk and Tim Gleason to cut the lead in half.
The game started to get intense between the teams as there was a lot of big hits and a lot of jawing between the benches.
In the third, Wheeler got his 17th of the year on a breakaway after a beauty feed from Little and Ladd to make it 3-1 Jets.
Ruutu got his 2nd of the game on a deflection from a Marc Andre Bergeron point shot to make it 3-2.
With the net empty, Alex Semin got his 11th to tie things at 3-3.
Big Dustin Byfuglien who was a beast all game using his size to punish the Hurricanes with big hits got his 8th of the year after he got the rebound from a Ladd shot and made no mistake to pot the winner in overtime.
Winnipeg will play host to the Islanders on saturday in another important game and hope to gain some valuable ground in the playoff race.
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