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WINNIPEG Columbus Blue Jackets Hats Womens , Manitoba (AP) Connor Hellebuyck made 31 saves to tie the record for victories in a season by an American goalie and the Winnipeg Jets beat the Calgary Flames 2-1 on Thursday night for their fourth straight victory.Hellebuyck has 43 victories to match the mark set by former Pittsburgh star Tom Barrasso in 1992-93. The Michigan native expected to be in goal Saturday at home against Chicago in the regular-season finale.”Yes, because we’re tied, right, with Tom Barrasso? We need one more (win),” Hellebuyck said.Blake Wheeler scored his 23rd goal for his 90th point of the season, and Paul Stastny added a goal to help Winnipeg improve to 10-1-0 in its past 11 and 51-20-10 overall.”What an accomplishment for him,” Wheeler said about Hellebuyck. ”Things like that don’t happen every year so you need to enjoy them when they do happen. Really happy for him. I’m sure he’s proud of himself. Hopefully, he’ll win one more if he plays (on Saturday) and that’d be a pretty cool thing to have for him.”Rookie Spencer Foo scored his first NHL goal in his third game for the Flames.”Just went to the net hard there and had it go off my foot,” Foo said. ”Feels good. I’ll take it.”Winnipeg will play the Minnesota Wild in the first round of the NHL playoffs after Nashville beat Washington 4-3 earlier Thursday to clinch top spot in the Central Division and Western Conference with 115 points.”We got to get through one more and then we’ll start to zero in on Minnesota,” Wheeler said.Jon Gillies stopped 24 shots for Calgary. The Flames are 1-9-0 in their past 10 games.”I thought Jon Gilles played a good game tonight Custom Columbus Blue Jackets Jerseys ,” Flames coach Glen Gulutzan said. ”He looked a little nervous early, but really settled into the game and made some big saves off some big players.”Wheeler scored with 47 seconds left in the first, tipping Dustin Byfuglien’s shot from the pointWheeler, who has five goals and 14 points in his past 11 games, became the fourth player in franchise history to hit the 90-point mark, and first since Ilya Kovalchuk in 2008-09. His previous career high was 78 points two years ago.Jets rookie Kyle Connor assisted on Wheeler’s goal, giving him 15 points (eight goals, seven assists) in his past 12 games.Ben Chiarot made a patient play to set up Stastny’s goal, waiting for the veteran to cut toward the net and then sending a pass to his stick for the redirection and 2-0 lead at 12:59.UP NEXT:Flames: Host Vegas on Saturday night in the finale.Jets: Host Chicago on Saturday night to wrap up the regular season. CHICAGO — If the Montreal Canadiens are to remain in contention for a postseason berth, they will have to rely on contributions throughout their lineup.Montreal will take a two-game winning streak into its game Sunday against the Chicago Blackhawks. The Canadiens have discovered a measure of success of late after they stumbled through a five-game skid and hope to continue on the right path as they continue a three-game road trip.The Canadiens are coming off a 5-2 victory over the Ottawa Senators in which they got a goal from each of their four lines and used two goals from Paul Byron to capture both ends of the home-and-home series against Ottawa.Article continues below ...Montreal coach Claude Julien hopes that his team’s style of play along with the balanced scoring attack that has sparked the Canadiens during a four-game stretch in which Montreal is 3-0-1 continues Sunday at the United Center.But now Julien is looking for his team to take another step forward and find a way to play with more of a killer instinct.“We’ve talked about how we want to finish www.starsshoponline.com ,” Julien told reporters after Thursday’s victory, according to the team’s official website. “Especially when you have the lead, it’s easy to kind of sit back and get comfortable and weve done that at times this season.“That’s an area we’re trying to improve on. I think in the last little while we’ve been better in the third (period) and we’ve kind of controlled the period — even though we’ve had the lead.”Keeping the scoring coming from all four lines will certainly help Montreal’s case for extended success.“When you’ve got four lines that can play the way we’ve been lately, that can play and push the pace and play in their end, forecheck, it certainly makes it hard for the other team,” Byron told reporters after Thursday’s victory.Chicago enters Sunday’s game on a six-game losing streak, the most recent of which came in a 4-3 setback on the road against the Vegas Golden Knights. While the Blackhawks’ front office hoped that the firing of coach Joel Quenneville might spark change, Jeremy Colliton has failed to change Chicago’s fortunes.Chicago will take an NHL-worst minus-30 goal differential into Sunday’s game and has struggled throughout the season to score, which — coupled with the Blackhawks’ inability to contain opposing teams — has led to predictable results.Frustration has set in on a team that Dallas Stars T-Shirts Womens , until recently, had not been accustomed to losing and that is now finding difficulty finding ways to win.Of those fighting the frustration the hardest is goalie Corey Crawford, whose return from missing much of the season last year with a concussion was expected to make a difference, only to see the Blackhawks’ competitive issues continue.Chicago has lost its past three games by a total of four goals.“I don’t know how to deal with (losing),” Crawford told reporters Saturday, according to the Chicago Tribune. “Be pissed off? Let it go and keep playing? I really don’t know. It’s not a good position to be in. It’s definitely frustrating.“I don’t know. Maybe our older guys, our core group, maybe we all need to play better to get us out of this. Maybe that’s the answer.”Colliton has told his players to keep pushing for change.“No one’s happy,” Colliton told reporters Saturday. “So you can’t expect guys not to show some frustration at times. What we need to do as a team is get right back at it.”
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