Jarvis nets winner as Hurricanes fight back to down Jets 4-2

Rookie scores against hometown team as Carolina worked its way back from two-goal deficit

Peter Koutroumpis, Triangle Sports Network
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RALEIGH, NC – They needed a resurgence, and they got it.

With rookie Seth Jarvis jamming the puck in past Jets netminder Eric Comrie for the eventual game-winner at 8:21 of the third period, the Carolina Hurricanes posted their 50th win of the season on Thursday.

A 4-2 decision over Winnipeg at PNC Arena earned Carolina its second-highest win total since their Cup-winning season in 2005-2006.

Playing for the home crowd

More importantly, it secured the Hurricanes no worse than a second-place finish in the Metropolitan Division and home ice advantage for the upcoming opening round of the NHL playoffs.

Goaltender Antti Raanta made 20 saves to earn the win while the Hurricanes sprayed the Winnipeg net with 46 shots, all of which Comrie stopped except singles from Teuvo Teravainen and Jacob Slavin prior to Jarvis’s tally.

Captain Jordan Staal’s empty-netter cemented the win with 47 seconds remaining in regulation.

Let’s catch up

Trailing 2-0 after the opening 20 minutes of play as Kyle Connor and Pierre-Luc Dubois paced the Jets offense, Carolina’s recently anemic power play produced dividends on Teravainen’s 20th goal of the season late in the second, and placed him as the fifth Canes forward to reach that plateau along with Sebastian Aho, Andrei Svechnikov, Nino Niederreiter, and Vincent Trocheck.

Slavin’s quick pounce on the puck in the crease earned him his fourth goal this year, and more importantly tied the score 2-2 early in the final period and eventually led to Jarvis’ third game-winner of the season, a special one against the team hailing from his hometown.

“It’s so cool. That was awesome’” Jarvis said with a smile.

“That’s definitely the highlight of my career so far – scoring against them. Being a game-winning goal makes it a little bit sweeter.”

Head coach Rod Brind’Amour was obviously happy with the win, particularly after challenging his team to work out of a bad situation.

“What are you going to do when bad things happen? I hate when I say things and they come to fruition like that,” Brind’Amour said.

“Things certainly didn’t go our way, but it was how we responded. That was the key. Just sticking with what we were doing.”

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