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Jets home win streak snapped at five with loss to Hurricanes

"They made it real tough for us to make our way up the ice." -Wheeler

by Mitchell Clinton @MitchellClinton / WinnipegJets.com

WINNIPEG - The last two home games, the Winnipeg Jets used offensive explosions to break games wide open.

That script flipped on them against the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday.

Three goals in 5:33 in the second period turned a 2-2 game into a 5-2 score, with the Hurricanes riding that advantage to a 6-3 win at Bell MTS Place.

Jack Roslovic, Patrik Laine, and Mark Scheifele had the goals for the Jets in the loss, which snaps Winnipeg's home winning streak at five.

"They were just quick," said captain Blake Wheeler, who had two assists and now sits just one point back of the franchise lead for points.

"We showed about 10 minutes of video of them with great sticks, coming back and making it real tough to get up the ice. That's what we saw. As much as it was a slow night for us, they were all over us too. You have to give them a lot of credit."

Video: POSTGAME | Paul Maurice

The tide turned with 6:50 left in the middle frame, when a missed tripping call led to Andrei Svechnikov's second lacrosse style goal of the season. Then, 3:36 after that, Sebastian Aho scored his second of two on the night before Jordan Staal's power play marker with 1:17 to go in the second period.

"The first period is even. They were better than us right to 2-2 there. It can't be the end of your game, but it seemed to be at that point," said head coach Paul Maurice. "Their (goaltender) made two or three real big saves in a block of four minutes after that. We had a bunch go in.

"We aren't bragging about our game with that event missing."

Lucas Wallmark's power play goal with 1:37 to go in the first period opened the scoring, but before the opening 20 minutes were through, the Jets would respond.

Shortly after Wheeler kept the play onside, Nikolaj Ehlers spun and fired a wrist shot from the high slot toward the Carolina net. Petr Mrazek was screened and Roslovic's perfect deflection - with his stick behind his back - lifted over the Hurricanes goaltender and under the bar.

Carolina took the lead back in the second period. Teuvo Teravainen spinning, cross-ice feed from the right-side boards went right on Sebastian Aho's tape to Connor Hellebuyck's right side. Aho slid the puck between Hellebuyck's legs for his 19th goal of the season and a 2-1 Hurricanes lead.

But Winnipeg would respond again - and again, it would be a deflection. Nathan Beaulieu's shot from the right point was tipped by Laine, sending it past the glove of Mrazek.

"We have to be quicker than we were in this game," said Laine, who now has 11 goals on the season. "We were slowing down with the puck. That was our biggest issue tonight. They played a good game."

Video: POSTGAME | Blake Wheeler

The tie lasted 52 seconds as Carolina's Svechnikov scored his second lacrosse-style goal of the season, much to the dismay of the Jets who felt Adam Lowry was tripped only seconds earlier.

Aho's second of the night - less than a minute after Wheeler hit the post at the other end - put Carolina up 4-2 with 3:14 left in the middle frame. Staal extended that lead to 5-2 on the power play shortly after.

"A big strength of our team is getting in the offensive zone and spending a lot of time down there. We just had an inability to get over that red line and sustain any pressure in the offensive zone because their sticks were so good," said Wheeler. "They made it real tough for us to make our way up the ice. Coupled with not having our best legs tonight, it made it a tough night for us."

To make matters worse for the Jets, Andrew Copp left the game in the second period with an upper-body injury (after hitting Staal earlier in the period) and didn't return. It was the second straight game the Jets lost a forward to injury, with Mathieu Perreault leaving Sunday's game with a concussion.

"You lose a bit of your identity with both of those guys going out," said Maurice. "I liked them early and they were going as well as anything we had there. You miss those guys and you miss Andrew on the PK on the second one. It's a challenge."

Video: POSTGAME | Patrik Laine

Staal would score his second of the game 3:16 into the third on Laurent Brossoit, who came on in relief for Hellebuyck in the third period. Hellebuyck finished with 18 saves on 23 shots.

Scheifele's 16th of the season came on the power play with 7:58 left in regulation. The goal extended his point streak to seven games. He has 12 points in that span.

Next up, the Jets close out the three-game home stand with a Central Division tilt against the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday night.

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