Jets @ Canes

Posted by Chip Alexander on February 4, 2014 

Andrew Ladd's score off the rebound of a Michael Frolik shot has given the Jets a 1-0 lead after two periods.

Ladd scored at 12:57 of the second period on a rush into the Canes zone. The Jets won a faceoff in the Canes zone and Frolik pushed the puck past Canes defenseman Justin Faulk along the left boards and ten got off a shot from the left wing. Canes goalie Anton Khudobin made the stop but Ladd was quick to the rebound for his 14th of the season.

The Canes had several good chances in the second as Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec allowed a number of up rebounds. The Canes crashed the net but could not punch in the loose pucks.

Canes center Manny Malhotra had an attempt hit the crossbar in a scoreless first period, and defenseman John-Michael Liles hit the post in the second.

Liles' chance came during a 52-second 5-on-3 power play for the Canes after the Jets' Zach Bogosian was called for holding and then the Jets penalized for too many men on the ice.

Ladd's score came after a strong shift from the Canes' top line, which also saw defenseman Ron Hainsey jump into the play.

Neither team was very sharp and the goalies the best players in the first period.

The Jets had 11 shots and Canes nine. The Canes had the only power play of the opening period but the Jets managed the best scoring chance during it, as Khudobin was forced to make a nice stop on a shorthanded shot by Bryan Little.

The Canes had some good looks but couldn't get the puck past Pavelec. Jeff Skinner had a shot in front and Pat Dwyer a good chance after the puck bounced off the end boards and back in front of the crease.

Later in the first, Pavelec smothered a tip by Skinner, who had five shots in the irst 40 minutes. Jiri Tlusty was unchecked in front of the net with 1:47 left in the period but was wide with an attempt on the pass from Alex Semin.

The rest of the period was filled with careless passes and poor decisions as neither team could find any real rhythm -- the Canes had seven giveaways in the first. The Jets were credited with 16 hits in the period to the Canes’ five.

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