Jets survive late collapse to edge Hurricanes in overtime – Winnipeg
Giving up a three-goal lead late in the third period would be the loss of many hockey teams, but the Winnipeg Jets managed to survive a stunning collapse to beat the Carolina Hurricanes 4-3 in overtime on Monday night.
Late in a mostly uneventful first period, Pierre-Luc Dubois electrified the home crowd when he went on a breakaway and beat Pyotr Kochetkov to put the Jets on the board first.
An unlikely source contributed a huge insurance goal in the second as the Jets’ fourth line interfered.
David Gustafsson was thrown on a breakaway and was disallowed, but Mikey Eyssimont called and buried the rebound for his first career NHL goal.
It looked like the Jets were in for an easy win when Josh Morrissey buried his second of the year just under four minutes after third, but Carolina had other plans.
After pulling the keeper off with more than five minutes left, Jaccob Slavin’s first of the season gave the visitors a pulse.
Things got really tense when Andrei Svechnikov redirected his 13th of the season past David Rittich, making it a one-goal game with 3:08 to go.
With Winnipeg holding on and Carolina carrying all their momentum, the goaltender was pulled out once again and with 39 seconds left, Martin Necas tied the game in front of a shocked crowd.
How on earth could the Jets overcome that kind of meltdown? After resetting at the end of the period, each team had a few chances to score before Morrissey broke free and ended a torturous game with his second of the night, taking a pass from Dubois and passing it through Kochetkov .
Rittich stopped 24 shots on the night as he earned his third straight overtime victory, however unlikely that one may be.
Winnipeg is now leaving for a road trip starting Wednesday night in Minnesota. It’s a 6 p.m. start in St. Paul with pre-game coverage on 680 CJOB beginning at 4 p.m.