• My Scores
  • NCAA FB
  • NHL
  • MLB
  • NFL
  • NBA
  • Golf

Carolina at Winnipeg

Jets 5, Hurricanes 3

CBSSports.com wire reports
  •  

WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- Winnipeg Jets backup goalie Chris Mason said he was nervous when he was unexpectedly came into the game.

He didn't show it, and his stellar relief effort sparked the Jets to just their second win of the season.

Mason stopped 18 shots, many of them with spectacular saves, as the Jets defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 5-3 in front of another sold-out crowd of 15,004 at the MTS Centre.

The Jets got off to a brutal start, giving up two goals in the first seven minutes of the game.

The Hurricanes got their early goals on scrambles right in front of Winnipeg goalie Ondrej Pavelec by Jussi Jokinen and Jeff Skinner.

Jets coach Claude Noel wasted no time, replacing his starter with the 35-year-old Mason.

"When it happens quick, you are definitely not ready for it," he said. "I was nervous. I didn't get a shot for about 10 minutes, and then I didn't get another shot until about 10 minutes into the second. But I did some stretches, just trying to stay loose.

"I've been in this game a long time and I've been in situations where I've been pulled early and put in early. So, you expect the unexpected. It's tough, but it's part of the job."

The move sparked the Jets, who replied with a pair of power-play goals from Alex Burmistrov and Kyle Wellwood.

And the momentum carried into the second period as the Jets scored three straight goals to grab a 5-2 lead.

The Jets raised their record to 2-4-1, while the Hurricanes fell to 3-3-2.

Mason said he felt the goalie change was simply made to wake up the club.

"In my opinion it was nothing Pav did," he said. "On the first one, in my opinion, it should have been whistled down, and on the second one they were just jamming it in. Sometimes, coaches do that and it works, and sometimes it doesn't. Tonight, it did."

Burmistrov notched his second of the season when he sent a shot behind Carolina goalie Brian Boucher midway through the first period.

Wellwood then took a pass from Nik Antropov to tie the score at 2-2 with just 1.4 seconds left in the first period.

"The two goals helped, and then we started to skate in the second," Noel said. "We started to play with some urgency."

The Jets scored three times in the first eight minutes of the second.

Jim Slater sent a slap shot through the legs of the Hurricanes goalie at 4:29 and then Jets captain Andrew Ladd hit a knuckling shot from just inside the blue line just over a minute later that actually skipped just in front of Boucher and then caromed over his shoulder.

Evander Kane then scored from close in when Boucher was caught leaning away from the post.

Tuomo Ruutu scored his second goal of the season midway through the third period for Carolina.

The Jets were two men short late in the third period, but their penalty killers did a terrific job of keeping the club ahead.

"Mason was good. It's not easy coming into these situations," Noel said. "He hasn't played a lot. He's going to get another start in the next couple of games. He's a real battler. He did a great job for us."

Hurricanes coach Paul Maurice said his club had nothing left after playing the past three games on the road, including an overtime loss to St. Louis on Friday.

"We've played six of our eight games on the road," he said. "We've played some good teams lately. I don't like this game. It taints the mood. But overall I've been happy with our start [to the season]."

Notes

Ladd was in the lineup Saturday night, despite being a question mark earlier in the day. He took a puck in the face on Thursday in Ottawa and required three stitches inside his nose and three on the outside. His face was bruised and swollen, and he wore a visor. ... The Jets host the New York Rangers on Monday night before heading out on a seven-game road trip. ... The Hurricanes don't play until Tuesday when they host the Senators.

Copyright 2014 by STATS LLC and The Associated Press. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of STATS LLC and The Associated Press is strictly prohibited.
 
CBSSports Facebook Google Plus
COMMENTS
Conversation powered by Livefyre
Scoreboard
Carolina (3-3-2)2013
Winnipeg  (2-4-1) «2305
Three Stars
C. Mason
WPG


Saves: 18
Save Pct.: .947
J. Skinner
CAR


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 2
K. Wellwood
WPG


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1
Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
04:40 - Jussi Jokinen (2), Tip-In. Assist: LaRose, Skinner
06:43 - Jeff Skinner (3), Tip-In. Assist: LaRose, McBain
12:32Power Play - Alex Burmistrov (2), Wrist Shot. Assist: Bogosian, Wellwood
19:58Power Play - Kyle Wellwood (3), Wrist Shot. Assist: Antropov, Enstrom
2ND PERIOD
04:29 - Jim Slater (3), Slap Shot. Assist: Glass
06:07 - Andrew Ladd (2), Slap Shot. Assist: Wheeler, Bogosian
07:30 - Evander Kane (1), Slap Shot. Assist: Antropov, Stuart
3RD PERIOD
08:58 - Tuomo Ruutu (2), Wrist Shot. Assist: Skinner
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
07:36Tlusty, 2 min, Tripping
10:49LaRose, 2 min, Tripping
14:49Sutter, 2 min, Boarding
16:35Wheeler, 2 min, Tripping
18:38Ponikarovsky, 2 min, Elbowing
2ND PERIOD
11:42Enstrom, 2 min, Holding
3RD PERIOD
04:12Bogosian, 2 min, Holding the Stick
09:18Stuart, 2 min, Holding the Stick
12:08Stewart, 2 min, Cross-Checking
13:32Little, 2 min, Tripping
13:49Antropov, 2 min, Interference
15:43Enstrom, 2 min, Hooking
19:13Jokinen, 4 min, High-Sticking
Shots On Goal
 123T
CAR661224
WPG136524
 
Other Games
Min 2 Final
OT
Van 3
Nash 2 Final
Cal 0
Buf 0 Final
TB 3
Tor 5 Final
OT
Mon 4
SJ 4 Final
Bos 2
Colu 3 Final
Ott 4
NJ 1 Final
Pitt 4
StL 4 Final
Phi 2
Det 1 Final
Wash 7
NYI 2 Final
Fla 4
Colo 5 Final
Chi 4
NYR 0 Final
Edm 2
Dal 0 Final
LA 1