Despite his players’ sentiments, Maurice said the game had no special significance for him.
“This isn’t my first tour through here, but we all care about each other in there, so I’m taking it,” he said.
“Great confidence in a young man to want to make the play that decides the game,” Maurice said of Trouba, the young defenseman who asserted himself on the game-winner. “Not sit back and not want to make a mistake - he wants the puck on his stick.”
Ondrej Pavelec made 28 saves for the Jets.
Riley Nash scored for Carolina, and Khudobin made 25 saves.
The Hurricanes went 10-4-0 in January and had won five of six, but their offense sputtered in this tight-checking game.
“Two mistakes cost us two goals tonight,” coach Kirk Muller said. “But overall, I thought our guys played hard and competed and skated and did a lot of good things - just not the outcome we wanted.”
Winnipeg opened the scoring 12:57 into the second period when Michael Frolik skated past Carolina defenseman Justin Faulk on a rush down the left wing. Khudobin stopped Frolik’s shot, but Ladd batted the rebound into the net.