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Winnipeg 4, Calgary 0
When: 9:30 PM ET, Wednesday, May 5, 2021
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, Alberta
Referees: Chris Schlenker, Graham Skilliter
Linesmen: Derek Nansen, Travis Toomey
Attendance: N/A

Adam Lowry and Blake Wheeler both scored twice and goaltender Connor Hellebuyck collected the shutout as the Winnipeg Jets clinched a playoff spot with a 4-0 victory over the Calgary Flames on Wednesday.

The Jets also snapped a seven-game losing streak.

Hellebuyck made 32 saves, 17 in the third period, for his third shutout of the season and 23rd of his career for the Jets (28-21-3, 59 points), who moved two points ahead of the Montreal Canadiens for the third spot in the North Division. Both the Jets and Canadiens have four games remaining in the regular season.

Coach Paul Maurice won for the 300th time with the Jets, becoming only the third coach in NHL history to have 300 or more victories with two different franchises. He also reached that milestone with the Hartford Whalers/Carolina Hurricanes.

The Jets won six of nine games against the Flames this season.

Jacob Markstrom stopped 15 shots, including Andrew Copp's penalty shot in the final minutes, for the Flames (22-26-3, 47 points), who have lost three of four games and would be eliminated from playoff contention on Thursday if the Canadiens earn a point against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Lowry, who spent many years living in Calgary while his father, Dave, was a Flames assistant coach and bench boss of the Western Hockey League's Hitmen, opened the scoring 69 seconds into the game he elected to shoot on a two-on-one rush and buried a glove-side shot.

He doubled the lead with a short-handed tally early in the second period. After being sprung on a breakaway by Dylan DeMelo, Lowry tucked a shot through Markstrom's legs for his 10th goal of the season.

Then Wheeler marched to a milestone. The Jets captain made it a three-goal edge with 74 seconds remaining in the second period by converting another breakaway opportunity.

Wheeler's second of the night, and 13th of the season, came on an early third-period power play. He was at the doorstep when he got the puck from Mark Scheifele and slipped home a deke for his 800th career point. Scheifele's assist was his 500th point.

The goals have Wheeler riding a five-game point streak in which he has logged three goals and three assists.

From there, the Jets worked to preserve the shutout. Calgary's best chance came during a four-minute power play midway through the third period, but the Flames couldn't convert.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Winnipeg   Calgary
Adam Lowry 3 Points N/A
Adam Lowry 2 Goals N/A
Andrew Copp 2 Assists N/A
Blake Wheeler 1 Power Play Goals N/A
Adam Lowry 1 Short Handed Goals N/A
Connor Hellebuyck 1.000 Save Percentage Jacob Markstrom .789
Connor Hellebuyck 32 Saves Jacob Markstrom 15
Team Stats Summary
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Winnipeg 19 4 1-3 5-5 10 25
Calgary 32 0 0-5 2-3 6 23
Upcoming Games
  • Calgary will play their next game at home against Ottawa. The Flames have a W/L % of .409 after a win and .464 after a loss.
  • Winnipeg will play their next game at home against Ottawa. The Jets have a W/L % of .444 after a win and .625 after a loss.