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Laine extends point streak as Jets edge Hurricanes

19-year-old has 10 goals and 16 points in his last eight games

by Mitchell Clinton @MitchellClinton /

RALEIGH, North Carolina - Patrik Laine continues to carry a hot stick, and he continues to climb up a list of prominent hockey names each time he lights the lamp.

The 19-year-old scored twice more Friday night against the Carolina Hurricanes, and assisted on the eventual game winner from line mate Paul Stastny, as the Winnipeg Jets (39-17-9) picked up a 3-2 win to start a six-game road trip.

Video: POSTGAME | JetsTV Road Report

Laine now has 71 goals in his career, and has moved into sixth all-time in NHL history for goals as a teenager, passing Steve Yzerman with his efforts tonight. He's now four back of Sidney Crosby on that list.

"I can feel when a game is going to be like that when you're going to get a lot of chances," said Laine. "They're not going to come easily, ever. You just have to work hard and you're going to get those couple chances, and hopefully you can score."

Video: POSTGAME | Patrik Laine

The win improves the Jets to 5-0-1 in their last six road games, and coupled with the 2-1 victory over Carolina earlier this season, Winnipeg swept the season series with their former Southeast Division rival.

"I thought it was going to look like that, it did, and we were pretty good in the areas we needed to be," said head coach Paul Maurice.

"Very similar to the game we played against Carolina at home. It was a grinder. They put a lot of pucks to the net and compete real hard. We had to be pretty solid in front of our net."

A pinch along the right boards from Joe Morrow kept the puck in the Carolina zone, and Nikolaj Ehlers corralled the loose puck, and flipped a backhand pass to the high slot to Patrik Laine, who quickly fired a shot on goal, lighting the lamp for the 34th time this season.

Video: WPG@CAR: Laine scores off Ehlers' great pass

The goal not only gave the Jets the early lead, but also extended the 19-year-old's point streak to eight games.

"I think we had a pretty good game with our line. We created a lot of scoring chances and there was a couple more chances we could have buried," said Laine. "I think I've just tried to work hard every shift. I think when you work hard, you're going to get rewarded. I think I've been working really hard, and now I'm just getting rewarded."

Video: POSTGAME | Paul Stastny

The Hurricanes would tie it with just under 90 seconds left in the opening frame. Teuvo Teravainen floated one toward the front of the net, and the puck banked off Dmitry Kulikov and past Hellebuyck, extending Teravainen's goal streak to four games.

An early power play as a result of a Sebastian Aho high-sticking penalty gave the Jets a chance to get the lead back, and all it took was five seconds of power play time to do just that.

Mark Scheifele won the draw to Blake Wheeler, who played it back to Stastny. The 32-year-old found Laine on the left side of Cam Ward, and Laine's wrist shot beat Hurricanes goaltender five-hole, putting the Jets back in front 2-1.

It was Laine's 10th goal in his last eight games.

Video: WPG@CAR: Laine scores second goal on power play

The Jets would make it 3-1 just past the halfway mark of the third, when Ben Chiarot pinched and kept the puck in, and fired a shot that went off the crossbar, redirected off the shoulder area of referee Eric Furlatt, and onto the stick of Stastny, who made no mistake on the rebound.

"I thought Ben would at least look at us, but you know d-men, they see the net and they shoot," said Stastny with a grin. "I just heard it hit the crossbar. Literally I didn't know where it went. I didn't even see it hit the post. Then all of a sudden I realized it was right in front of me.

"It was a good bounce, but one bounce went one way on their first goal. We were unfortunate that they got a good bounce, and then it came back."

Jordan Staal would get Carolina back within one with 4:12 left in regulation, when a rebound off the left pad of Hellebuyck came out to him at the bottom of the right wing circle.

But Hellebuyck stood tall after that, just as he did in the one-goal win over the Detroit Red Wings on Friday. The biggest one came with under a minute to go, when he went cross-crease to stop a one-timer with his shoulder.

Video: WPG@CAR: Hellebuyck preserves lead late in the 3rd

"I think I got over pretty well and was pretty square. It was a pretty good shot. He laid into it," said Hellebuyck, who made 33 saves in the win.

"I thought the guys in front of me were blocking a lot of the key shots, keeping them to the outside, and making my life pretty easy."

Next up on the road trip is a match-up with the New York Rangers on Tuesday.

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