Valardi nets hat trick as Jets down Flames 5-2 to clinch playoff berth Featured

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Winnipeg, Manitoba (NHN)-Gabriel Valardi fired three goals and Connor Hellebuyck made 31 saves as the Winnipeg Jets downed the Calgary Flames by a 5-2 score Thursday night to clinch a Western Conference playoff spot.

The win was their second in a row and moved the Jets to 98 points and 4th place overall in the Western Conference standings.

Nikolaj Ehlers had a goal and an assist for Winnipeg.

Josh Morrissey had a pair of assists.

Tyler Toffoli also scored for the Jets.

Connor Hellebuyck won his 33rd game of the season for Winnipeg, who moved to 46-24-6.

MacKenzie Weegar and Martin Pospisil socred for the Flames.

Dustin Wolf turned aside 40 shots for Calgary, who dropped to 34-36-5.

With Nikolaj Ehlers off for tripping, MacKenzie Weegar gave the Flames the lead 4:35 into the first period when Jonathan Huberdeau hit him in the high slot with a crisp pass that Weegar wristed past Hellebuyck, beating him low blocker side to make it 1-0 Calgary.

The goal was his 19th of the season.

Gabriel Valardi tied the game 12:59 into the first with a power play marker when he tapped a Kyle Connor feed past Wolf to make it 1-1 at the tail end of a two-man advantage.

The goal was his 17th of the season.

Nikolaj Ehlers put Winnipeg ahead at 14:56 when he one timed a Cole Perfetti feed past Wolf, beating him low glove side to make it 2-1 Jets.

The goal was his 23rd of the season.

Martin Pospisil tied it up 10:34 into the second on a shot from the point that Jet defenceman Neal Pionk redirected with his skate.

The goal was his 9th of the season.

Tyler Toffoli scored 15:35 into the second on the power play when Nikolaj Ehlers hit him with a cross slot pass which he fired on net and had it go in off a defenceman's skate.

The goal was his 31st of the season.

Martin Pospisil took a five minute major late in the second period for elbowing Josh Morrissey in the head.

The Jets failed to score on the ensuing power play.

Gabriel Valardi batted a puck past Wolf 8:44 into the third to give the Jets a two-goal lead.

Valardi added an empty netter with 1:04 remaining in regulation to seal the win for the Jets.



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