While there were plenty of positives in the Winnipeg Jets 4-3 overtime win in Carolina on Friday, there was also a negative.
Just as Chris Thorburn is close to returning to action in hopes of reuniting the GST line, Tanner Glass suffers a broken foot early in the game. Glass blocked a shot early in the game, which appeared to go off his left leg, then limped off the ice and returned and ended up blocking another shot – this time with his foot.
Despite playing over nine minutes in the game, the forward "is done for the year," according to head coach Claude Noel.
For the second straight road game the Jets have won when trailing going into the third. Down 3-2, the Jets came back to win. It's the only two times this season they have done so. Winnipeg are now 9-8 in extra time, the Hurricanes are a dreadful 3-16.
With the loss, the Hurricanes are now mathematically eliminated from the playoff race.
Nik Antropov, who missed five games due to injury, was back on Friday and he opened the scoring, extending his goal streak to four games and giving him six in the nine games. Shortly afterwards, the Hurricanes tied it and then took the lead on a short-handed goal by Eric Staal. There were some serious discussions in the room after the first as the players were not happy with the way they played.
In the second period, Brent Sutter made it 3-1 before Spencer Machacek set up Jim Slater to make it a one goal game. It was Slater's 11th of the year, tying a career high for goals in a single season, and it came in his 74th game of the season tying a career high for games played in a season. Machacek now has eight points in his last seven games.
The Jets poured it on in the third, firing 18 shots at Cam Ward. Kyle Wellwood added his 17th of the season on a power play at 15:13 to tie the game. With an assist on Antropov's goal, Wellwood has 46 points setting a new career high for points in a season, and leaves him one shy of his career high for goals in a season.
A short 16 seconds into overtime, captain Andrew Ladd found himself alone in front of Ward and put it off both posts and in for the win. Ladd had gone 16 road games without a goal. It was his 25th of the year, and came against his former team.
Ladd won the Stanley Cup with the Hurricanes and with Ward being a good friend, the goal was no doubt a special on special one. The goal also gave the Jets a much needed road win, which is a good start to their four game trip.
Zac Bogosian had three assists, his second three point game of the season.
Not to be lost in the win was the play of Chris Mason. His last start was over a month ago, but Mason made a number of big saves to keep his team in the game. With the game tied at three late in the third he stopped Jiri Tlusty from the slot and made a great glove save off Sutter on a partial breakaway.
On TSN Jets post-game interviews, both Ladd and Bogosian made reference to the first intermission when some things were talked about in the room, and felt after that they played much better.
"The goal by Slater gave us life," said coach Noel post game. "Our perseverance and tough were good tonight. Antropov was good and now we have to build off these positives and win in Tampa."
On Saturday night, the club faces Steven Stamkos and the Lightning – with coverage on TSN 1290.