Winnipeg (29-23-3) will face the Edmonton Oilers (34-18-2) for second place in the playoffs. The Jets’ victory also ensured that rivals Original Six, the Toronto Maple Leafs (35-13-6) and the Montreal Canadiens (24-21-10), will meet in the other postseason series. .
Winnipeg entered the contest with just one point to cement third place.
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Kyle Connor with a goal and two assists, Mark Sheifele with a goal and an assist and Mason Appleton completed the scoring for Winnipeg, which avenged a 3-1 loss to Vancouver on Monday night. Connor Hellebuyck stopped 24 shots for his fourth shutout of the year and the 24th of his career.
Braden Holtby stopped 31 shots for Vancouver (21-27-3), which remains the last in the North Division.
Veteran Jets forward Paul Stastny was honored ahead of the game, which was the 1,000th of his NHL career. With his wife and two young children on the ice, Stastny, 35 – who has also played for the Colorado Avalanche, St. Louis Blues and Vegas Golden Knights – received a personalized artwork and the first ever silver stick in franchise history.
Connor opened the scoring 7:48 off the first with his 24th of the season and second in as many games against Vancouver. Connor took a nice pass from Wheeler before beating Holtby.
Appleton had a good chance of scoring with less than four minutes left, but Holtby made the save as the Jets beat Vancouver 11-6.
Wheeler put Winnipeg ahead 2-0 at 2:05 of the second, registering their 14th of the season unassisted. Wheeler got an assist on the Scheifele deflection at 8:33, 21st of the year for Scheifele as Vancouver held an 11-10 advantage in penalties.
Wheeler went 4-0 with his second of the game and 15th of the season at 10:44 of the third. Appleton recorded her 11th of the year at 11:54 am.