Jets fly past Hurricanes
WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- Adam Lowry's first NHL goal helped the Winnipeg Jets snap a four-game losing streak with a 3-1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday night.
Andrew Ladd and Dustin Byfuglien also scored for the Jets (2-4-0), who won their first game at home this season.
Jiri Tlusty scored on the power play for Carolina (0-3-2), which is still looking for its first win of the season and had been coming off back-to-back overtime losses.
Ondrej Pavelec made 20 saves in the win. Anton Khudobin faced 26 shots in Carolina's net.
Ladd opened the game's scoring with his first goal of the season at 1:57 and Lowry netted his 40 seconds later.
Byfuglien scored an unassisted goal on a breakaway late in the second period to make it 3-1.
Jeff Skinner, Carolina's top goal-scorer last season, made his season debut after missing the first four games with a concussion. Defenseman Andrej Sekera was also on the ice after sitting out the last game with an upper-body injury.
Ladd's goal was reviewed after a scramble in front the net led to the puck going onto Khudobin's back and then down his pad and across the goal-line.
Lowry redirected Grant Clitsome's shot from the point at 2:37.
It was a reversal of fortune for the Jets, who had three goals scored on them in just under seven minutes last Sunday in a 4-1 loss to Calgary.
The two goals also equaled the number the Jets had scored during their four-game losing skid.
Ladd went to the penalty box for holding less than two minutes after Lowry's goal. The Jets killed the penalty, but four seconds later, defenseman Mark Stuart made a costly trip to the box for tripping at 6:14.
Tlusty then scored his fourth goal of the season at 7:03 off a rebound, a play that was reviewed to ensure his stick touched the puck before it went past Pavelec.
Winnipeg outshot the Hurricanes 11-9 in the opening period.
The second period was scoreless until Byfuglien made it 3-1 at 16:26.
Carolina couldn't hang on to the puck in Winnipeg's end and Byfuglien picked it up, used his speed to stay ahead of defenseman Justin Faulk and then shot a backhand between Khudobin's pads.
Both teams had difficulty getting shots in the second period, with Carolina having the 5-4 edge.
The Jets carried a power play into the third period on Skinner's high-sticking penalty, and then had 11 seconds with a two-man advantage when Sekera was called for hooking. They got five shots on net.
Winnipeg was 0 for 5 on the power play. The Jets haven't scored a power-play goal this season after 19 opportunities.
Carolina was 1 for 5 with the man advantage.
Winnipeg hosts Tampa Bay on Friday for the third game of a five-game homestand.
Carolina heads off to Calgary for its third game of a five-game road trip through Western Canada on Thursday. The Hurricanes face Edmonton Friday and Vancouver on Oct. 28.