Jets Clinch Second Place with 4-3 Win Over Kraken

The Winnipeg Jets clinch second place in the Central Division with a 4-3 win over the Seattle Kraken, setting up an exciting first-round playoff series against the defending champion Avalanche. The Kraken's comeback effort showcases their resilience despite falling short.

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Jets Clinch Second Place with 4-3 Win Over Kraken

Jets Clinch Second Place with 4-3 Win Over Kraken

The Winnipeg Jets secured second place in the NHL Central Division and home-ice advantage in their first-round playoff series against the Colorado Avalanche with a 4-3 victory over the Seattle Kraken on Tuesday night. Kyle Connor scored two goals for the Jets, extending his point streak to eight games, while Tyler Toffoli broke a third-period tie to lift the Jets to their seventh straight win.

Nikolaj Ehlers had a goal and an assist for the Jets, and Mark Scheifele contributed two assists. Connor Hellebuyck made 20 saves for Winnipeg, who will conclude their regular season at home against the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday.

The Kraken fought back from a two-goal deficit to tie the game at 3-3, with Yanni Gourde and Tye Kartye standing out. Gourde scored two goals to tie the game in the second period, while Kartye scored the tying goal and recorded seven hits, ranking him top 20 in the NHL. However, Toffoli's power-play goal in the third period proved to be the difference.

Why this matters: The Jets' win clinches their playoff position and home-ice advantage, setting the stage for an exciting first-round series against the defending champion Avalanche. The Kraken's comeback effort, despite falling short , showcases their resilience and potential for growth as they conclude their playoff-less season.

The Kraken's comeback was stalled by a four-minute double-minor penalty against rookie Ryker Evans, and they were unable to generate scoring chances in the final minutes of the game. Philipp Grubauer stopped 20 shots for Seattle, who will play their final game of the season against the Minnesota Wild on Thursday. The Kraken are now 33-35-13 for the season.

Key Takeaways

  • Jets beat Kraken 4-3, clinching 2nd in Central, home-ice vs Avalanche in playoffs
  • Kyle Connor extended point streak to 8 games, Tyler Toffoli scored game-winner
  • Kraken fought back from 2-goal deficit, but couldn't overcome 4-min penalty
  • Kraken's season ends at 33-35-13, missing playoffs in inaugural year
  • Jets conclude regular season at home vs Canucks, Kraken face Wild in finale