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Snap four-game losing streak with solid win over Canes

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Somebody jot this down for Paul Maurice & Co., please, because while it’s not exactly textbook, it did turn out to be the perfect formula to ending a nasty losing skid.

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Somebody jot this down for Paul Maurice & Co., please, because while it’s not exactly textbook, it did turn out to be the perfect formula to ending a nasty losing skid.

And it goes something like this:

Step 1: Gather team together and have them toss around the usual stuff about accountability, resiliency and going arm-and-arm into battle.

TREVOR HAGAN / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS Winnipeg Jets’ T.J. Galiardi (21), Michael Frolik (67), Grant Clitsome and Paul Postma celebrate a goal against the Carolina Hurricanes Tuesday night at the MTS Centre.

Step 2: Coach reinforces overall frustration — and snaps some heads to attention — by dropping F-bomb in ensuing media scrum.

And Step 3 came Tuesday night for the Jets at the MTS Centre, as they ended a four-game slide with a solid 3-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes that effectively put a tourniquet on the bleeding and a chokehold on some early-season angst

The win, the Jets’ first at home, improved their record to 2-4 while the Canes are now 0-3-2.

“It’s definitely pretty relieving,” said Jets defenceman Jacob Trouba. “I think everybody felt a little bit of pressure, it’s just natural to feel that. So it feels good to get that.

“We were more upbeat, more positive, and that’s what we wanted to do coming in. I don’t think anything really shook us out there. We just kinda stayed the course and stayed positive on the bench and played how we need to play.”

WHAT DOES THE ‘W’ MEAN IN THE BIG PICTURE?

Well, the Jets’ performance wasn’t without its flaws — the power play remains uh-oh-for-the-season after whiffing on five chances Tuesday to push the ineptitude to 19 chances without a goal — but the result was critical in the wake of all the hand-wringing following back-to-back home losses to Nashville and Calgary.

The victory also came against a Canes squad missing both Staal boys — Eric and Jordan are still on the mend — as well as defenceman John-Michel Liles and winger Patrick Dwyer. Translation: no one should be leafing through the championship-ring catalogue just yet.

“It gives you a better feeling in here, that’s for sure,” said Jets captain Andrew Ladd. “When things start to mount, the toughest thing is getting it to start going in the right direction. We did that tonight, there’s still some areas we need to improve on, but it’s nice to get a good feeling back in here and some confidence and putting the puck in the net.”

The critical moments, after establishing a 2-0 lead 2:37 into the game, came after the Canes scored on the power play to make it 2-1. Asked about his team’s resiliency in handling that situation, Ladd grinned and said:

“It was good. They didn’t score another one, did they?”

A PUSH FROM WITHIN

Maurice had made two roster adjustments, adding defenceman Grant Clitsome and winger Matt Halischuk — and sitting Adam Pardy and Anthony Peluso — and their contributions didn’t go unnoticed.

Clitsome drew an assist on the Jets’ second goal, played 15:24 and added four hits while Halischuk saw just 6:01 flanking the fourth line but rarely is caught out of position.

“I wasn’t really trying to get on the scoresheet, I was just trying to keep it simple and limit my mistakes,” said Clitsome, playing in his first regular-season game since last December after suffering a back injury and then being a healthy scratch for the first five of this year.

“It wasn’t my intention to make a point, I just wanted to come out and play my game. I wanted to prove I can play and I want to play. Obviously sitting out is frustrating so it’s nice to get in and especially, to come back to a win.”

NIGHT OF FIRSTS

The Jets jumped ahead 2-0 before the game was three minutes old on goals by Ladd and Adam Lowry — for the captain, the first of the season; for the rookie, the first of his career — and then were steady the rest of the way. What shouldn’t be overlooked was the work of Ondrej Pavelec, who kicked out 21 of 22 Hurricanes shots.

“There was a lot of good,” said Maurice. “It was kind of a continuation of our first period against Calgary, but we were able to maintain it through the 60 minutes.

“The things that were talked about over the last couple of days, I thought the players handled really well. The tell for me isn’t always what happens on the ice, it’s how their dealing with each other on the bench, how wired into the game they are. And that was really good on the bench. It wasn’t just Ladd, (Blake) Wheeler and (Mark) Stuart, it was the whole bench talking.

“And that’s when you know your team is connected and into the game and that’s as good as it’s been all year.”

 

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History

Updated on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 7:55 PM CDT: Updates headline after first period.

Updated on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 8:45 PM CDT: Updates headline after second period

Updated on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 9:07 PM CDT: Adds slideshow

Updated on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 9:45 PM CDT: Updates headline with final score.

Updated on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 10:03 PM CDT: Adds Canadian Press post-game story.

Updated on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 11:10 PM CDT: Replaces wire story with local post-gamer, changes headline and photo.

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