Jets double up Maple Leafs 4-2 to close out regular season with win Featured

Saturday, 15 May 2021 02:38 Written by  Published in Game Stories
Winnipeg, Manitoba (NHN)-Kyle Connor scored twice and Connor Hellebuyck stopped 34 shots as the Winnipeg Jets edged the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-2 Friday night to close out their NHL regular season with a win.

With both clubs already having had their first round opponent determined, the game was not a physical affair, save for Jets forward Paul Stastny, who suffered a stick in the ribs and went to the dressing room early in the first period.

He later returned to the contest.

Mason Appleton and Jansen Harkins also scored for Winnipeg, who closed out their regular season with two straight wins.

Blake Wheeler and Mark Scheifele each had two assists.

Connor Hellenbuyck made 34 saves for the Jets (30-23-3). Pierre Engvall and Ilya Mikheyev scored for the Maple Leafs, who finished with a record of 35-14-7.

Jack Campbell turned aside 20 shots for Toronto.

Pierre Engvall opened the scoring 7:15 into the first period after beating Jets centre Pierre-Luc Dubois to a loose puck in the neutral zone before moving in on Connor Hellebuyck and snapping the disc through the pads to make it 1-0 Toronto.

The goal was his 7th of the season.

Mason Appleton evened the contest 1:13 into the second period when he snapped a Dominic Tonninato feed past Jack Campbell, beating him just under the cross bar to score his 12th goal of the season.

Ilya Mikheyev gave the Maple Leafs the lead at 5:25 when he snapped up rebound off a Jake Muzzin shot from the point and fired the disc past Hellebuyck to make it 2-1.

The goal was his 7th of the season. Connor scored again 4:21 into the third to give the Jets a 3-2 lead.

The Jet winger one timed a Blake Wheeler feed past Campbell, beating the Toronto netminder high glove side.

The goal was his 26th of the season.

Jansen Harkins added an empty netter with 52 seconds left in regulation to seal the win for the Jets.

SHOTS-TORONTO 36 WINNIPEG 24

Philip Paul-Martin

A well rounded journalist with experience in both print and broadcast mediums, Philip has written news stories with impact, broken national news while at the CBC, anchored radio news and hosted talk show radio. His coverage includes feature writing, game stories and more in-depth pieces during the off-season as well as writing about the National Hockey League and the Winnipeg Jets. He calls Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada home.