Jets clinch playoff berth, shut out Flames to end seven-game skid


CALGARY — The Winnipeg Jets clinched a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs when Connor Hellebuyck made 32 saves in a 4-0 win against the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome on Wednesday.

Blake Wheeler and Adam Lowry each scored two goals for the Jets (28-21-3), who ended a seven-game losing streak and qualified for the playoffs for the fourth consecutive season.

Hellebuyck preserved his third shutout with 17 saves in the third period.

Jacob Markstrom made 15 saves for the Flames (22-26-3), who were 0-for-5 on the power play and have lost three of four.

Lowry gave Winnipeg a 1-0 lead at 1:09 of the first period when he shot under Markstrom’s glove on an odd-man rush.

Lowry made it 2-0 with a shorthanded goal at 5:33 of the second when he scored on a backhand.

Wheeler extended the Jets lead to 3-0 on a breakaway at 18:46, shortly after Flames forward Matthew Tkachuk chipped a shot into the air and off the top of the crossbar.

Wheeler scored on the power play 3:02 into the third period for the 4-0 final. It was his 800th NHL point.

Andrew Copp failed to score on a penalty shot for Winnipeg at 19:11 of the third after he was held on a breakaway by Rasmus Andersson.

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