Jets blank Predators to clinch playoff spot

Kyle Connor had a hat trick and one assist and Connor Hellebuyck made 33 saves as the Winnipeg Jets clinched a playoff spot with a 5-0 victory over the Nashville Predators on Saturday. Centre Kevin Hayes had a goal and three assists and Andrew Copp also scored for the Jets (45-26-4). The win marked Hellebuyck’s second shutout of the season and 14th of his career. Pekka Rinne stopped 38 shots for the Predators (42-28-6), who are in second place in the Central Division, four points back of the Jets. Winnipeg…

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Subban records 1st career shutout as Vegas cruises past listless Jets

Malcolm Subban stopped 20 shots for his first NHL shutout, William Karlsson and Reilly Smith each scored twice, and the Vegas Golden Knights beat the Winnipeg Jets 5-0 on Thursday night. Tomas Nosek also scored for Vegas, which is 10-1 since losing to Winnipeg 6-3 in its final game before acquiring Mark Stone at the trade deadline. The Golden Knights are 10-1 since. Subban, whose shutout came in his 35th career start, has won two straight and seven of his last nine starts. He’s also nearly unbeatable at T-Mobile Arena…

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Jets blank Ducks for 4th straight victory

Connor Hellebuyck made 29 saves in his first shutout of the season, and Kyle Connor had a goal and an assist in the Winnipeg Jets’ fourth straight victory, 3-0 over the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday night. Mark Scheifele scored a power-play goal in the first period and Nikolaj Ehlers added a goal for the Jets, who extended their lead atop the Central Division to three points over Nashville. Jacob Trouba had two assists as the Jets completed a Southern California sweep and moved into position to clinch a playoff berth…

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Jets top Kings to extend Central Division lead

Kyle Connor had a goal and an assist and the visiting Winnipeg Jets extended their lead in the Central Division with a 3-2 win against the Los Angeles Kings on Monday night. Kevin Hayes and Tyler Myers also scored and Laurent Brossoit made 15 saves for the Jets, who moved three points in front of the Nashville Predators with 10 games left. Winnipeg and Nashville had been separated by no more than a point at the end of each day since Feb. 19. Sean Walker and Dustin Brown scored for…

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Jets top Flames in Western Conference showdown

Winnipeg Jets winger Mathieu Perreault felt like he had scored a game-winning goal in the playoffs. In reality, it was just a regular-season game between two Western Conference heavyweights — but the Jets’ 2-1 win over the Calgary Flames had extra juice. “The 2-1 games, you know, this is playoff-type hockey,” said Perreault, who supplied the go-ahead goal on the power play in the second period. “That’s what we want. We’re not looking to score five, six goals and make it like an open game. “We like the 2-1 games…

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Scheifele has 3 points as Jets hand Bruins 3rd straight loss

Mark Scheifele scored once and added a pair of assists as the Winnipeg Jets handed the Boston Bruins their third straight loss with a 4-3 victory on Thursday. Nikolaj Ehlers scored the game-winner with seven minutes remaining in the third period after defenceman Jacob Trouba made it 4-2 early in the period. Charlie Coyle cut Winnipeg’s lead to 4-3 with 2:56 left, but the Bruins couldn’t tie it up with an extra attacker. Blake Wheeler had a goal and assist for the Jets (41-25-4) and Patrik Laine contributed two assists.…

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Pavelski scores in dying seconds to get Sharks past Jets

Joe Pavelski’s put away the winner with 3.6 seconds remaining in regulation as the San Jose Sharks edged the Winnipeg Jets 5-4 in a tight matchup of the Western Conference’s division leaders. Gustav Nyquist scored twice, giving him 19 goals on the season and three in his six games since being traded to the Sharks (43-19-8) in late February. Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Marcus Sorensen also scored for San Jose. Aaron Dell made 21 saves as the Sharks remained undefeated in March with their sixth-straight win. Mathieu Perreault scored a late…

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Capitals edge Jets as winning streak reaches 7 games

Carl Hagelin scored the go-ahead goal on a breakaway out of the penalty box, backup Pheonix Copley made 33 saves and the Washington Capitals beat the Winnipeg Jets 3-1 on Sunday night for their seventh consecutive victory. Led by Copley, Hagelin and Nick Jensen, the Capitals killed off all five minor penalties they took and won despite being outshot 34-18. They haven’t lost since adding Hagelin and Jensen to their lineup before the trade deadline. Washington’s porous penalty kill was the biggest threat to its bid to repeat, but it…

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Jets destroy Hurricanes 8-1

With first place in their sights, the Winnipeg Jets delivered their most dominant performance of the season. Andrew Copp scored twice, Nikolaj Ehlers had a goal and two assists, and the Jets rode a four-goal first period to an 8-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday night. Kevin Hayes, Blake Wheeler, Kyle Connor and Ben Chiarot each had a goal and an assist. Adam Lowry also scored as Winnipeg posted its largest victory of the season and moved ahead of idle Nashville atop the Central Division. “We forced them to make some plays at our line,” Wheeler said.…

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League-leading Lightning prove to be a tough test for Jets

Nikita Kucherov tied the Tampa Bay Lightning’s single-season points record with a pair of assists to lead Tampa Bay to a 5-2 victory against the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday night. Kucherov’s two points give him 108 on the season to tie the single-season mark set by Vincent Lecavalier in the 2006-07 season when he finished with 52 goals and 58 assists. The league-leading Lightning improved to 14-1-2 in the past 17 games. Steven Stamkos scored his 34th goal of the season and 382nd of his career and is one shy…

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