Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Scheifele Scores Again, Jets Beat Wild 5-1 in Final Regular-Season Home Game

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Scheifele Scores Again, Jets Beat Wild 5-1 in Final Regular-Season Home Game

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Jets down Wild 5-1 in final home game

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WINNIPEG - Chris Thorburn did his part to give himself and Winnipeg Jets fans a good memory of the team's last home game of the season.

The fan favourite ended a 47-game goal-scoring drought as the Jets (32-39-8) dropped the Minnesota Wild 5-1 on Sunday.

Fans gave the playoff-less team a standing ovation with shouts of "Go Jets Go" during the final minute of the game at MTS Centre and the players raised their sticks to the crowd after the final buzzer.

"It's great, just to kind of let them loose a little bit," Thorburn said after his sixth goal of the season. "We haven't given much at home to cheer about."

Mark Scheifele scored his team-leading 27th goal of the season. Rookie Andrew Copp, Drew Stafford and Blake Wheeler, with an empty-netter, also scored. Goalie Ondrej Pavelec made 28 saves for Winnipeg.

Wild centre Mikael Granlund scored his 13th goal of the season, with Mikko Koivu picking up an assist to give him 10 points in his last 10 games, including two goals.

Devan Dubnyk stopped 29 of the 33 shots he faced for the Wild (38-31-11), who dropped their third straight game and failed in their attempt to clinch a playoff berth.

"We're going to get throttled if we're going to play like this going in," Dubnyk said. "(But) I'm not worried about it. I don't think we are. But I think we all know that's not even going to come close come playoff time.

"We don't want to be sliding in. We've got two games to get on track and get going and I'm sure that's what we'll do."

Minnesota could have secured a Western Conference wild-card spot with a win and a loss by Colorado.

The Wild hold the second wild-card berth with 87 points and remain five points ahead of the Avalanche, who have a game in hand.

"I don't even care about the situation," Koivu said. "We're talking about getting our team game better. …

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