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Carolina Hurricanes' Jay Harrison (44) takes Winnipeg Jets' Blake Wheeler (26) off the puck with Olli Jokinen (12) of Finland, during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Raleigh, N.C. on Tuesday.
Winnipeg Jets' Blake Wheeler (26) and Carolina Hurricanes' Ron Hainsey (65) collide along the boards during the first period of Tuesday's game.
Winnipeg Jets' Dustin Byfuglien (33) tries to clear the puck past Carolina Hurricanes' Andrej Sekera (4) in the first period of Tuesday's hockey game.
Winnipeg Jets' Andrew Ladd (16) works against Carolina Hurricanes' John-Michael Liles (26) during the first period at the PNC Arena in Raleigh, N.C. on Tuesday.
Winnipeg Jets' Zach Bogosian (44) and Carolina Hurricanes' Elias Lindholm (16) go for the puck during the first period at the PNC Arena in Raleigh, N.C., on Tuesday.
Carolina Hurricanes' Jeff Skinner (53) and Eric Staal (12) work against Winnipeg Jets' Jacob Trouba (8) and Ondrej Pavelec (31) during the first period at the PNC Arena in Raleigh, N.C., on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014.
Carolina Hurricanes' Jordan Staal (11) dives for the puck against Winnipeg Jets' Jacob Trouba (8) and Andrew Ladd (16) during first period at the PNC Arena in Raleigh, N.C., on Tuesday.
Winnipeg Jets' current head coach and former Carolina Hurricanes head coach Paul Maurice directs his team during the first period of Tuesday's game.
Carolina Hurricanes' Alexander Semin (28) and Winnipeg Jets' Zach Bogosian (44) have a second-period scuffle in front of the net during Tuesday's game.
Carolina Hurricanes' Alexander Semin (28) battles Winnipeg Jets' Jacob Trouba (8) for the puck during second period at the PNC Arena in Raleigh, N.C., on Tuesday.
Carolina Hurricanes' Riley Nash (20) and Drayson Bowman (21) battle Winnipeg Jets' Adam Pardy (2) for the puck during the second period of Tuesday's game.
Winnipeg Jets' Andrew Ladd (16) celebrates his second-period goal with teammate Michael Frolik (67) during Tuesday's game in Raleigh.
Carolina Hurricanes' Eric Staal (12) can't score against Winnipeg Jets' Ondrej Pavelec (31) during the second period at the PNC Arena in Raleigh, N.C., on Tuesday.
Carolina Hurricanes' Alexander Semin (28) and Winnipeg Jets' Jacob Trouba (8) and Mark Stuart (5) collide during the second period of Tuesday's game.
Carolina Hurricanes' Nathan Gerbe (14) tries to split the defense of Winnipeg Jets' Zach Bogosian (44) and Tobias Enstrom (39) of Sweden, during the third period of Tuesday's game.
Winnipeg Jets' Dustin Byfuglien (33) avoids a check from Carolina Hurricanes' Tuomo Ruutu (15) during the third period of Tuesday's game in Raleigh.
Winnipeg Jets' Mark Stuart (5) checks Carolina Hurricanes' Andrej Sekera (4) into the boards during the third period of Tuesday's game.
Carolina Hurricanes' Jordan Staal (11) tries to skate away from Winnipeg Jets' Bryan Little (18) during the third period of Tuesday's game.
Winnipeg Jets' Chris Thorburn (22) celebrates his go-ahead goal with teammate Jacob Trouba (8) as Carolina Hurricanes' Manny Malhotra (22) looks on during the third period of Tuesday's game.
Winnipeg Jets' Chris Thorburn (22), centre, celebrates his game-winning goal with teammates Mark Stuart (5) and Mark Scheifele (55) during the third period of Tuesday's game against the Carolina Hurricanes. The Jets beat the Canes 2-1.
Carolina Hurricanes' Jay Harrison (44) takes Winnipeg Jets' Blake Wheeler (26) off the puck with Olli Jokinen (12) of Finland, during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Raleigh, N.C. on Tuesday. - Karl B DeBlaker / The Associated Press
Winnipeg Jets' Blake Wheeler (26) and Carolina Hurricanes' Ron Hainsey (65) collide along the boards during the first period of Tuesday's game. - Karl B DeBlaker / The Associated Press
Winnipeg Jets' Dustin Byfuglien (33) tries to clear the puck past Carolina Hurricanes' Andrej Sekera (4) in the first period of Tuesday's hockey game. - Karl B DeBlaker / The Associated Press
Winnipeg Jets' Andrew Ladd (16) works against Carolina Hurricanes' John-Michael Liles (26) during the first period at the PNC Arena in Raleigh, N.C. on Tuesday. - Chris Seward / Raleigh News & Observer/ Tribune Media MCT
Winnipeg Jets' Zach Bogosian (44) and Carolina Hurricanes' Elias Lindholm (16) go for the puck during the first period at the PNC Arena in Raleigh, N.C., on Tuesday. - Chris Seward / Raleigh News & Observer/ Tribune Media MCT
Carolina Hurricanes' Jeff Skinner (53) and Eric Staal (12) work against Winnipeg Jets' Jacob Trouba (8) and Ondrej Pavelec (31) during the first period at the PNC Arena in Raleigh, N.C., on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014. - Chris Seward / Raleigh News & Observer/ Tribune Media MCT
Carolina Hurricanes' Jordan Staal (11) dives for the puck against Winnipeg Jets' Jacob Trouba (8) and Andrew Ladd (16) during first period at the PNC Arena in Raleigh, N.C., on Tuesday. - Chris Seward / Raleigh News & Observer/ Tribune Media MCT
Winnipeg Jets' current head coach and former Carolina Hurricanes head coach Paul Maurice directs his team during the first period of Tuesday's game. - Chris Seward / Raleigh News & Observer/ Tribune Media MCT
Carolina Hurricanes' Alexander Semin (28) and Winnipeg Jets' Zach Bogosian (44) have a second-period scuffle in front of the net during Tuesday's game. - Karl B DeBlaker / The Associated Press
Carolina Hurricanes' Alexander Semin (28) battles Winnipeg Jets' Jacob Trouba (8) for the puck during second period at the PNC Arena in Raleigh, N.C., on Tuesday. - Chris Seward / Raleigh News & Observer/ Tribune Media MCT
Carolina Hurricanes' Riley Nash (20) and Drayson Bowman (21) battle Winnipeg Jets' Adam Pardy (2) for the puck during the second period of Tuesday's game. - Chris Seward / Raleigh News & Observer/ Tribune Media MCT
Winnipeg Jets' Andrew Ladd (16) celebrates his second-period goal with teammate Michael Frolik (67) during Tuesday's game in Raleigh. - Chris Seward / Raleigh News & Observer/ Tribune Media MCT
Carolina Hurricanes' Eric Staal (12) can't score against Winnipeg Jets' Ondrej Pavelec (31) during the second period at the PNC Arena in Raleigh, N.C., on Tuesday. - Chris Seward / Raleigh News & Observer/ Tribune Media MCT
Carolina Hurricanes' Alexander Semin (28) and Winnipeg Jets' Jacob Trouba (8) and Mark Stuart (5) collide during the second period of Tuesday's game. - Chris Seward / Raleigh News & Observer/ Tribune Media MCT
Carolina Hurricanes' Nathan Gerbe (14) tries to split the defense of Winnipeg Jets' Zach Bogosian (44) and Tobias Enstrom (39) of Sweden, during the third period of Tuesday's game. - Karl B DeBlaker / The Associated Press
Winnipeg Jets' Dustin Byfuglien (33) avoids a check from Carolina Hurricanes' Tuomo Ruutu (15) during the third period of Tuesday's game in Raleigh. - Karl B DeBlaker / The Associated Press
Winnipeg Jets' Mark Stuart (5) checks Carolina Hurricanes' Andrej Sekera (4) into the boards during the third period of Tuesday's game. - Karl B DeBlaker / The Associated Press
Carolina Hurricanes' Jordan Staal (11) tries to skate away from Winnipeg Jets' Bryan Little (18) during the third period of Tuesday's game. - Karl B DeBlaker / The Associated Press
Winnipeg Jets' Chris Thorburn (22) celebrates his go-ahead goal with teammate Jacob Trouba (8) as Carolina Hurricanes' Manny Malhotra (22) looks on during the third period of Tuesday's game. - Karl B DeBlaker / The Associated Press
Winnipeg Jets' Chris Thorburn (22), centre, celebrates his game-winning goal with teammates Mark Stuart (5) and Mark Scheifele (55) during the third period of Tuesday's game against the Carolina Hurricanes. The Jets beat the Canes 2-1. - Chris Seward / Raleigh News & Observer/ Tribune Media MCT

RALEIGH, N.C. -- It was disjointed, sloppy and had roughly the same artistic merit as a toxic-waste spill.

But, flawed as it was, the Winnipeg Jets' 2-1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes in front of an announced crowd of 14,033 at PNC Arena might also represent something else for the crew in the double blue and white: growth.

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Winnipeg's Chris Thorburn (left) is swarmed by teammates after potting the winning goal with 63 seconds remaining at PNC Arena. The Jets won for the ninth time in 11 starts under head coach Paul Maurice.

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James Guillory / USA TODAY Sports Winnipeg's Chris Thorburn (left) is swarmed by teammates after potting the winning goal with 63 seconds remaining at PNC Arena. The Jets won for the ninth time in 11 starts under head coach Paul Maurice.

Yes, on a night in which so much of what the Jets have done well under Paul Maurice WASN'T on display -- the skating, speed, defensive detail was in very short supply -- they got some solid work from goaltender Ondrej Pavelec, a gritty effort by the foot soldiers on the penalty kill and a flash of creativity by Jacob Trouba with just over a minute left to pick up their ninth win in 11 games under the new boss.

"To be honest with you, it wasn't our best game," said Maurice. "I don't know that we played to our strengths, but we just came off two emotional games against Vancouver and Montreal, which is such a big deal for us. It's good to win a game when you're not necessarily at your best. Our structure was good, our goalie was good and the confidence is there that we can stay in the game."

The win improves the Jets to 28-25-5 and moves them to within two points of the Vancouver Canucks, who hold down the second wild-card spot in the Western Conference and fell 3-1 in Boston Tuesday night.

"That's what good teams do, they find a way to win when maybe they're not on their 'A' game," said captain Andrew Ladd. "A lot of it is confidence in your 'D' zone, to have the patience to know you've just got to relax and have everybody in their position and find a way to weather the storm."

A LITTLE CREATIVITY WHEN IT MATTERS

There must have some gasps late in the third period when Jacob Trouba took a pass from Blake Wheeler at the Canes' blue-line, shrugged off a check by Nathan Gerbe while playing a pass off the boards to himself and then burst around Ron Hainsey to attempt a wraparound, the rebound of which was buried by Chris Thorburn for the winner with just 63 seconds remaining.

Trouba was all over the map against Carolina, making some 19-year-old decisions at times but then flashing some brilliance when it mattered.

"His first two shifts he looked like a Norris Trophy candidate, the next two were a little bit unusual because usually his puck-handling and decision-making is a real strength of his," said Maurice. "But great confidence in a young man to want to make the play that decides the game. "You guys look this up, but that guy's got to be +14 or +15 in his last 10 games. He's been on the ice for big goals, overtime goals... you can tell by his minutes we don't hide him. I'm not playing the kids because I'm a good guy and I'm thinking five years down the road. We're playing to win every night and that's why those two guys (including Mark Scheifele) play as much as they do."

Remember, Trouba is still just 19. He leads all NHL rookies in ice time and, after Zach Bogosian, had the second-most minutes played of all skaters in Tuesday's game.

"It's one of those plays where maybe you're a little nervous seeing a defenceman jump down at the end of the game," said Ladd. "But for a young kid to have the confidence to do that... we know he's extremely strong on the puck. It's one thing he's really good at -- knowing where he is on the ice and that he can't turn the puck over. He used his speed and got to the net.

"It's something we probably take for granted and you forget how young he is."

PAV VS. MONTOYA

There was tons of gnashing of molars earlier in the day when Maurice confirmed Ondrej Pavelec would get the start in net over Al Montoya, who has been the first star in both of his wins under the new head coach -- including Sunday's 2-1 decision over Montreal.

But Pavelec was solid and improved to 7-2 under Maurice with a sparkling .957 save percentage.

ed.tait@freepress.mb.ca Twitter: @WFPEdTait

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition February 5, 2014 D1

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Updated on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 7:03 AM CST: Replaces photo

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