Connor Hellebuyck makes 32 saves, Jets beat Flames 3-1

Apr 29, 2022, 7:56 AM | Updated: 10:17 pm
Calgary Flames goaltender Dan Vladar (80) saves the shot from Winnipeg Jets' Pierre-Luc Dubois (80)...

Calgary Flames goaltender Dan Vladar (80) saves the shot from Winnipeg Jets' Pierre-Luc Dubois (80) as Nikita Zadorov (16) defends during the second period of an NHL hockey game Friday, April 29, 2022 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. (John Woods/The Canadian Press via AP)

(John Woods/The Canadian Press via AP)

              As Winnipeg Jets' Dylan Samberg (54) goes down goaltender Connor Hellebuyck (37) saves the shot from Calgary Flames' Dillon Dube (29) as Jets' Neal Pionk (4) defends during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Friday, April 29, 2022 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. (John Woods/The Canadian Press via AP)
            
              Winnipeg Jets' Paul Stastny (25) tries to get the shot away on Calgary Flames goaltender Dan Vladar (80) as Christopher Tanev (8) defends during the second period of an NHL hockey game Friday, April 29, 2022 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. (John Woods/The Canadian Press via AP)
            
              Winnipeg Jets' Mason Appleton (22) celebrates his goal during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Calgary Flames Friday, April 29, 2022 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. (John Woods/The Canadian Press via AP)
            
              Winnipeg Jets' Mason Appleton (22) scores on Calgary Flames goaltender Dan Vladar (80) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Friday, April 29, 2022 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. (John Woods/The Canadian Press via AP)
            
              Calgary Flames goaltender Dan Vladar (80) saves the shot from Winnipeg Jets' Pierre-Luc Dubois (80) as Nikita Zadorov (16) defends during the second period of an NHL hockey game Friday, April 29, 2022 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. (John Woods/The Canadian Press via AP)

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Connor Hellebuyck made 32 saves to help the Winnipeg Jets beat the playoff-bound Calgary Flames 3-1 on Friday night.

“It’s nice, but it doesn’t put a Band-Aid on anything. It still sucks,” Hellebuyck said about the Jets missing the playoffs. “But it is nice knowing that we can win and we’re not giving up, so that’s awesome.”

Blake Wheeler, Mason Appleton and Brenden Dillon scored for Winnipeg. The Jets will conclude the season Sunday at home against the Seattle Kraken.

Matthew Tkachuk scored his 42nd goal of the season for Calgary. The Flames finished 50-22-11, going 5-0-2 in their previous seven games. They will face the Dallas Stars in the first round of the playoffs.

Dan Vladar stopped 40 shots for the Pacific Division’s top club.

Appleton broke a tie at 6:06 of the second period, scoring off a rebound of Josh Morrissey’s point shot.

Appleton was asked if the team was playing for pride.

“It was exactly that,” he replied. “An average start, they had a couple chances but Bucky made some good saves. And then from there we poured on the shots.”

Dillon scored into an empty net with 20 seconds remaining.

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