Hurricanes score 4 goals in first, hold on to beat Jets 5-3
Carolina Hurricanes' Jeff Skinner (53) and Winnipeg Jets' Alex Burmistrov (6) go into the corner for the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game Friday, Feb. 5, 2016, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. (John Woods/The Canadian Press via AP)
WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) Phillip Di Giuseppe, Andrej Nestrasil, Jordan Staal and Justin Faulk scored in the first period, and the Carolina Hurricanes held on for a 5-3 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Friday night.
The Hurricanes scored four times on their first nine shots, taking a 4-0 lead just 10:04 into the game. Nestrasil added another goal in the third period, and Cam Ward made 33 saves. Staal and Joakim Nordstrom each had a pair of assists.
Alexander Burmistrov, Andrew Ladd and Blake Wheeler scored for Winnipeg.
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Jets rookie Connor Hellebuyck allowed three goals while facing only six shots before being replaced by Michael Hutchinson. Hutchinson, who hadn't played since a 4-1 loss in Anaheim on Jan. 3, finished with 21 saves.