Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Chiasson, Smith Leads Senators Past Jets 2-1; Ottawa Eliminated from Playoffs

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Chiasson, Smith Leads Senators Past Jets 2-1; Ottawa Eliminated from Playoffs

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Chiasson and Smith leads Sens past Jets

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WINNIPEG - Alex Chiasson pulled the Ottawa Senators out of their four-game losing streak, but it came too late to save their playoff hopes.

Although Ottawa edged the Winnipeg Jets 2-1 to snap their skid, the Philadelphia Flyers' 2-1 shootout win over the Washington Captials on Wednesday night mathematically eliminated the Senators from the post-season race. It's the first time since 1970 no Canadian teams have made the NHL playoffs.

Chiasson jumped on a loose puck -- a deflected pass that changed direction off Mark Scheifele's skate in front of the Jets net -- and his shot beat Winnipeg goaltender Michael Hutchinson less than two minutes after the Jets tied the game 1-1.

"It was a lucky bounce there," Chiasson said of his eighth goal of the season. "Good forecheck by (Ryan) Dzingel. It kind of bounced on my stick and it was nice to get rewarded."

"It's nice to see everyone rolling well. I can't say there was a line that wasn't playing up to the standards. It was a good effort for that."

Zack Smith opened the scoring on Ottawa's first shot of the game as Mark Stone found him in the high slot, beating Hutchinson glove side for his 22nd goal of the season.

Winnipeg's third period equalizer extended point streaks for Mark Scheifele and Blake Wheeler to five and six games, respectively. Scheifele added to his team-leading goal total with his 26th of the season with Wheeler assisting on the play.

"At the start of the year you think about numbers and you set goals for yourself," said Scheifele. "And getting closer and closer to 30 (goals) is obviously a goal of mine. But the biggest thing is winning games and help this team and grow as a full 200-foot player."

Wheeler lead a three-on-three rush into the Ottawa zone before turning and finding a streaking Scheifele with a pin-point pass that he buried at 6:55 of the third

"Clearly that line wasn't what we had hoped for or expected tonight," said Jets head coach Paul Maurice of Scheifele, Wheeler, and Nikolaj Ehlers. …

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