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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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Wheeler had six shots on goal as he finished the season on a four-game scoring streak.
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Alexander Wennberg – 1
Daniel Sprong – 1
Riley Sheahan – 1
Morgan Barron – 1
Kyle Connor – 1
Dominic Toninato – 1
Blake Wheeler – 1
Jansen Harkins – 2
Shots on Goal
Blake Wheeler – 6
Blake Wheeler – 2