December 8, 2013 Sections
Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION
They went nearly three weeks without a close result -- one way or the other -- but the Winnipeg Jets have been nothing but late-night thrillers this week at the MTS Centre.
For a second straight game they coughed up a 3-1 third-period lead but again Thursday, they repeated late heroics with Dustin Byfuglien's overtime goal for the 4-3 triumph over the Carolina Hurricanes.
"We found a way to win, that's the good thing," said Jets coach Claude Noel. "And we've done it twice in a row."
Winnipeg has won all five so far of the six-game homestand that closes Saturday afternoon with a monster game against the New York Islanders.
It's the team's longest such streak since it was the Atlanta Thrashers in November 2010.
It also keeps them in touch with the ever-closer group scrambling for Eastern Conference playoff spots, still tied in points, now at 48, with the New York Rangers.
Ahead of them, the Rangers, Islanders and Ottawa were winners Thursday, with the Southeast Division-leading Washington Capitals losers in Ottawa. That pulls the Jets within two points of the Caps and the conference's third seed.
"Three or four 10-bellers," defenceman Ron Hainsey said of Pavelec saves in the second.
"I don't care," Pavelec said of another blown lead. "We got two points. Of course we want to close the game but those things happen. We have to learn from it but at the end of the day it doesn't matter."
"I just jumped up and I think he shot if off that pad on purpose and I got the rebound," Byfuglien said.
Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 19, 2013 C1
Updated on Friday, April 19, 2013 at 7:11 AM CDT:
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