Ladd's OT goal lifts Jets past Hurricanes, 4-3
Friday, March 30, 2012
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Andrew Ladd scored 16 seconds into overtime and the Winnipeg Jets beat Carolina 4-3 on Friday night to eliminate the Hurricanes from playoff contention.
Kyle Wellwood scored the tying goal with 4:47 left in regulation and added an assist, while Jim Slater scored and Nik Antropov added a goal in his return to the lineup for the Jets.
They trailed 3-1 midway through the second period before rallying to keep their slim postseason hopes alive.
The decisive sequence started when Carolina rookie Justin Faulk slipped in the corner at the start of overtime. The puck made its way to Zach Bogosian at the blue line, he threw it toward the net and Ladd snatched it up and snapped it past Cam Ward.
Eric Staal scored his 250th career goal and Derek Joslin and Brandon Sutter added goals for the Hurricanes.
Chris Mason stopped 30 shots for the Jets. Ward finished with 31 saves.