In a closely matched contest in any sport the deciding factor in the game typically comes down to one specific play. That is exactly what ultimately decided Tuesday nights game between the Carolina Hurricanes and visiting Winnipeg Jets. Tied at one with less than two minutes to play Carolina was unable to clear the puck from their zone and Jets rookie defenseman Jacob Trouba took the puck and circled in behind the Carolina net. His wrap around attempt slipped through the crease and right wind Chris Thorburn was waiting on Hurricane goalie Anton Khubodin’s glove side. The game winner went in with a 1:03 showing on the clock.
The game marked the return of Winnipeg coach, Paul Maurice, to Raleigh. Maurice was the Hurricane coach when the team moved to Raleigh from Hartford in 1997 until he was let go 30 games into the 03/04 season and again five seasons later when he replaced Peter Laviolette (who replaced him after the first firing). Since taking over as coach of the Jets on January 12th of this year, Maurice is now 9-2.
Carolina has two home games left before the Olympic break. The Florida Panthers on Friday and the Canadiens on Saturday.