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Jets close season in Calgary
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Winnipeg Jets will bring their 2013-14 season to a close on Friday evening as they visit the Calgary Flames.
The Jets are hoping to conclude their schedule with a fourth victory in six games as they will miss the playoffs for a seventh straight season. The franchise has made the postseason only once since joining the NHL as the Atlanta Thrashers in 1999-2000 and this marked the club's third season since relocating to Winnipeg.
Tonight marks the back end of games on consecutive nights for the Jets, who bested the Boston Bruins 2-1 in a shootout on Thursday. Evander Kane had the game-tying goal with 1:57 to play and Bryan Little potted the lone goal of the tiebreaker.
It was another solid effort by netminder Michael Hutchinson. He made 16 saves in a tough-luck 1-0 loss on Monday versus Minnesota in his NHL debut, then stopped 32 shots through overtime last night before going perfect in the shootout to win his first career game.
"I felt determined and relaxed out there," said Hutchinson, a 2008 draft pick by Boston. "I just wanted to give the team a chance to win and fortunately we came out flying in the third period and we definitely took the play to them and we got rewarded with a goal."
The Jets will now try to secure just their second ever victory in Calgary. They had gone 0-6-0 on the road versus the Flames dating back to their days in Atlanta before notching a 5-2 victory in Calgary on Jan. 16.
That win also snapped Winnipeg's four-game slide overall to the Flames.
Calgary is coming off Wednesday's 4-3 shootout decision over the Los Angeles Kings, one that pushed its winning streak to four straight. The Flames are on their longest string of consecutive victories since claiming five straight from Jan. 22-Feb. 1.
The Flames failed to hold a 3-0 lead versus the Kings but recovered in the shootout. Jiri Hudler answered Marian Gaborik's shootout tally for the Kings and Sean Monahan then supplied the winner in the fourth round.
Karri Ramo posted 41 saves in the victory.
"His progression has been unbelievable and right now he's making a name for himself as a number one (goaltender)," Calgary head coach Bob Hartley said of Ramo.
Monahan also potted his 21st goal of the season, the most by a Flames rookie since Jarome Iginla had 21 in 1996-97. T.J. Galiardi had a goal and an assist, while Matt Stajan lit the lamp.
Calgary, which will end its regular season at Vancouver on Sunday, improved to 19-18-3 at home. That's an impressive number given that the club endured a franchise-worst seven-game home losing streak at one point this season.
04/11 10:52:24 ET