WINNIPEG -- The Winnipeg Jets snapped a four-game losing streak with an efficient -- but unspectacular -- 3-1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes Tuesday evening.
The win improved the Jets record to 2-4-0 and should -- temporarily anyway -- quell Winnipeg hockey fans' demands for general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff to pull the trigger on a season-saving trade.
The Hurricanes remain winless on the season and fell to 0-3-2.
The Jets opened the scoring at 1:57 of the first period when wingers Andrew Ladd and Dustin Byfuglien converged on goalie Anton Khudobin's crease and got several whacks in before the play was blown dead. The referees went upstairs and, after a lengthy delay, Ladd was awarded the goal, his first of the season. Defenseman Toby Enstrom and center Bryan Little got the assists.
Just 40 seconds later, rookie left winger Adam Lowry put the Jets up 2-0 when he tipped home the first goal of his NHL career (in his sixth game) on a point shot from defenseman Grant Clitsome. His defense partner, Paul Postma, got the second assist.
The Hurricanes didn't take long to respond. With Jets defenseman Mark Stuart off for tripping, Center Jiri Tlusty snuck one past goaltender Ondrej Pavelec at 7:03 for his fourth goal of the season. The assists went to center Riley Nash and left winger Chris Terry.
Byfuglien restored the Jets' two-goal lead on a partial breakaway at 16:26 of the middle frame. He slipped a backhand deke between Khudobin's pads for his second goal of the year.
The Hurricanes pulled Khudobin with a little more than a minute to play in the third and were given a bonus when Jets defenseman Zach Bogosian took a slashing penalty with 53 seconds to play. The Hurricanes registered one shot.
Jets defenseman Jacob Trouba was an early physical presence, dishing out a number of open-ice hits in the first period.
The Hurricanes have three more games to go in their four-game Western Canadian swing. Next up are the Calgary Flames on Thursday, followed by the Edmonton Oilers the following night and the Vancouver Canucks next Tuesday.
The Jets wrap up their five-game homestand this weekend with the Tampa Bay Lightning on Friday and Colorado Avalanche on Sunday.
The Jets outshot the Hurricanes 26-22.