Closing out the 21-22 Season

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The final game of the NHL season, and the longest regular season in NHL history, came to a conclusion with a pair of non-playoff teams, the Winnipeg Jets and Seattle Kraken, battling in Manitoba.

In playoff news, Tristan Jarry will miss at least the first two games against the New York Rangers Casey DeSmith between the pipes for the Penguins.

Antti Raanta should get the start in net in Game 1 for the Carolina Hurricanes as Frederik Andersen has been ruled out. Pyotr Kochetkov will likely back up Raanta, although he could get the start. Linus Ullmark will get the start for the Bruins.

Alex Ovechkin returned to the ice for Sunday practice and felt good afterwards. He missed the last three games of the season but said he could have played.

Valeri Nichushkin will start on the Avs top line with Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen. Gabriel Landeskog last played on March 10 when he suffered a knee injury but was back on the ice Sunday at practice and appears to be ready to return for Game 1 Tuesday. The former first liner will play with Nazem Kadri and Arthur Lehkonen, at least at the start of the game.

Michael Bunting is doubtful for Game 1 against Tampa Bay as the Leafs winger is reported to have a leg injury. He is expected back during the series.

Mats Zuccarello is likely to return to the Minnesota lineup for Game 1 while Marcus Foligno will be a game-time decision.

As previously mentioned, there was only one game in the NHL Sunday.

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WINNIPEG 4 SEATTLE 3

Kyle Connor’s 47th goal of the season was the game winner as the Winnipeg Jets rallied from a 3-1 deficit entering the third period and defeated the Seattle Kraken 4-3.

The loss solidified the Kraken’s hold on the 30th place as they finished ahead of the Arizona Coyotes and Montreal Canadiens and only one point in the arrears of the Philadelphia Flyers.

The Jets actually got off to a 1-0 lead on Morgan Barron’s second goal of the season. It was the only goal of the opening stanza.

The Kraken struck for all three goals in the second as Alexander Wennberg with his 11th, Daniel Sprong with his 14th and Riley Sheahan with his fourth, scored for Seattle.

But the Kraken could not hold on as Blake Wheeler potted his 17th, while Dominic Toninato evened the score at 3 with his seventh, setting up Connor’s heroics.

Eric Comrie got the start and stopped 27-of-30 shots for the win. He finishes the season with a 10-5-1 mark to go with a 2.58 GAA and a .920 save percentage.

Chris Driedger had the final start for Seattle, and he turned aside 23-of-27 Winnipeg shots in taking the loss. He is 9-14-1 with a 2.92 GAA and a .899 save percentage.

Jansen Harkins had two assists.

Wheeler had six shots on goal as he finished the season on a four-game scoring streak.

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NIGHTLY LEADERS

Goals

Alexander Wennberg – 1

Daniel Sprong – 1

Riley Sheahan – 1

Morgan Barron – 1

Kyle Connor – 1

Dominic Toninato – 1

Blake Wheeler – 1

Assists

Jansen Harkins – 2

Shots on Goal

Blake Wheeler – 6

Hits

Brenden Dillon – 4

Penalty Minutes

Blake Wheeler – 2

Kole Lind – 2

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