Morrissey's OT goal lifts Jets to 4-3 win Featured

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Winnipeg, Manitoba (NHN)-Josh Morrissey's goal 2:50 into overtime lifted the Winnipeg Jets to a 4-3 win over the Carolina Hurricanes Monday night.

Pierre-Luc Dubois picked up a loose puck and circled behind his own net before hitting Morrissey with a breakaway stretch pass at center ice.

The Jet defenceman cruised in and drifted a wrister past Hurricanes goaltender Pytor Kochetkov to seal the win for the Jets.

Morrissey had a pair of goals on the night.

"I felt we were able to create a turnover. We got control of the puck. I kind of just took off when one of their guys changed. Sometimes that's how it works. In overtime, if you can turn the puck over quick and transition the other way, you can create an odd man rush. Dubie made a great, heads-up pass and from there, I just tried to go in and score a goal," said Morrissey.

Winnipeg had control of the game until Carolina came to life in the third period, firing three goals in a span of 4:09 to tie the contest and send it to overtime after Canes Head Coach Rod Brind'Amour opted to pull his goaltender with over five minutes remaining in regulation.

The move paid off as Carolina fired three straight goals to push the game into overtime.

Andrei Svechnikov, who scored the Hurricanes second goal said his club just wouldn't quit.

"You know I'm in my fifth year here and our team it's like uh never give up. It doesn't matter how much we're losing by we just play or try to play hard every shift," he said. "We played good today you know just a bit unlucky."

Pierre-Luc Dubois had a goal and two assists on the night, including his breakaway pass on Morrissey's game winning tally.

Mikey Eyssimont also scored for Winnipeg, who moved to 11-5-1.

Blake Wheeler had a pair of assists.

David Rittich made 24 saves for the Jets and has won his last three starts.

Jaccob Slavin, Andrei Svechnikov and David Necas scored for the Hurricanes.

Sebastian Aho had three assists for Carolina.

Pytor Kochetkov turned aside 19 shots for the Canes, who dropped to 10-5-4.

Pierre-Luc Dubois opened the scoring at 18:34 of the first when Blake Wheeler sent him in alone on Pytor Kochetkov as he beat the Carolina goaltender with a low wrister short side to make it 1-0 Winnipeg.

The goal was his 8th of the season.

Mikey Essyimont gave the Jets a 2-0 lead after he followed up on a David Gustafsson breakaway and knocked the disc past Kochetkov 6:44 into the second period.

The goal was the 1st of his NHL career.

The Jets were given a two-man advantage for 1:22 in the second period but failed to score.

Andrei Svechnikov nearly got Carolina on the board with 2:28 left in the second when he was alone in front of Rittich from 15 feet out but the Jets goaltender stopped his wrister point blank.

Josh Morrissey made it 3-0 on an odd man rush just under four minutes into the third when he took a Blake Wheeler feed and moved into the high slot before beating Kochetkov with a low shot.

The goal was his 2nd of the season.

Carolina Head Coach Rod Brind'Amour pulled his goaltender with 5:32 left in the third and the move paid off as Jaccob Slavin scored at 15:12 to pull the Canes to within a pair.

The goal was his first of the season.

Andrei Svechnikov got his stick on a Brent Burns point shot at at 16:52 to pull Carolina to within a goal.

The goal was his 13th of the season.

The Canes pulled their goaltender again and the move paid off as Martin Necas tied the game with 38.8 seconds left in the third to send the game to overtime.

The goal was his 9th of the season.

Carolina Head Coach Rod Brind'Amour said they had discussed pulling his goaltender earlier on during a time out.

“In this game, it didn’t matter. We talked about it at the eight-minute timeout. I’m like, ‘Why don’t we just try something crazy because this game is kind of flat for us.’ But we decided to wait a little longer. You get that one. If they get the fourth one, who cares, the game, it’s irrelevant. So that’s why you’re pulling him earlier and earlier. The trick is, I think, when you’re down two, not to pull him too early because you’re still in the game. So you’ve got to kind of manage that a little bit, but we had nothing to lose, it’s 3-0.”

Jets Head Coach Rick Bowness said the key to getting the win was not panicking after Carolina tied it up late in the third period.

“There was no panic on the bench. Again, sometimes in hockey, you shoot the puck, it gets deflected and goes in. Sometimes you tip it and we might have covered that thing perfectly, it still doesn’t mean it’s not going in the net. Sometimes it does. Just don’t panic, and there was no panic on the bench. OK, we got a point here, let’s go here and make sure we get the extra point. However we got it, we got it. And that’s the most important thing. We got the two points.”

Carolina returns home to host Arizona Wednesday while Winnipeg visits Minnesota in a divsional matchup.


Philip Paul-Martin

A well rounded journalist with experience in both print and broadcast mediums, Philip has written news stories with impact, broken national news while at the CBC, anchored radio news and hosted talk show radio. His coverage includes feature writing, game stories and more in-depth pieces during the off-season as well as writing about the National Hockey League and the Winnipeg Jets. He calls Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada home.