Winnipeg at San Jose

Byfuglien scores late to give Jets 5-4 victory over Sharks

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SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) Winnipeg coach Paul Maurice was in no mood to acknowledge the consolation of a season-best three-game winning streak with his team eliminated from the playoffs.

''It's good we battled back from being down, 3-1,'' Maurice said after Dustin Byfuglien's goal in the final 10 seconds lifted the Jets to a 5-4 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Thursday night. ''There's less intensity in these games, so I'm not going to get excited about a three-game winning streak. It doesn't say anything about this team.''

Blake Wheeler, who set a career high with points in his 10th straight, currently the longest active streak in the NHL, was a little more tactful.

''We have guys who love to compete and we get to do it one more time before next year,'' he said. ''We moved it well, caught them out of position a few times, got behind them and got a couple of good bounces.''

Mark Scheifele had two goals for the Jets, who had won two straight 10 times before finally breaking through. Andrew Copp and Wheeler also scored for the Jets. Ondrej Pavelec saved 21 of 25 shots and improved to 4-0-2 over his past six games.

Patrick Marleau, Joe Pavelski, Joe Thornton and Paul Martin scored for the Sharks, who lost for the second time in their last six. Martin Jones stopped 21 of 26 shots.

''At the end of the day, we made it a little weird on ourselves,'' Pavelski said. ''They're a team, when you feed their rush, they've got players that can make the plays. We fed that a little bit too much.''

Pavelski gave the Sharks a 1-0 lead midway through the first period, finding an opening after Thornton picked up a deflection and pushed it to Pavelski on the right side of the crease.

Scheifele tied it with a power-play goal midway through the second period. He threw the puck across the front of the net and it bounced off Roman Polek's skate and past Jones.

Thornton scored on a power play three minutes later and Martin gave the Sharks a 3-1 edge with just under five minutes to go in the second.

Copp scored with an assist from Byfuglien to make 3-2, and Wheeler tied it a minute later.

Marleau put the Sharks back in front 7:03 into the third, but Scheifele's second goal of the game at 12:02 made it 4-4.

''Obviously we want to win these games, but it can be tough at times to get up for the games,'' Jones said. ''But I thought we did a lot of good things.''

NOTES: Brent Burns was named the Sharks Foundation's ''Sharks Player of the Month'' for March. ... Thornton took over sole possession of 28th place on the all-time points lists (1,340) with his first-period assist. He has recorded a goal and an assist in the same game 12 times. ... Scheifele has at least one point in 19 of his past 23 games. ... Marleau has 26 points in 23 games against the Jets. ... Copp has three goals in his last seven games after scoring three in his first 56.

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Scoreboard
Winnipeg  (34-39-8) «0325
San Jose (45-30-6)1214
Three Stars
D. Byfuglien
WPG


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 3
M. Scheifele
WPG


Goals: 2
Assist(s): 1
B. Wheeler
WPG


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1

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Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
11:16 - Joe Pavelski (38), Wrist Shot. Assist: Thornton, Hertl
2ND PERIOD
09:03Power Play - Mark Scheifele (28), Wrist Shot. Assist: Wheeler, Byfuglien
11:42Power Play - Joe Thornton (19), Wrist Shot. Assist: Marleau, Couture
15:34Power Play - Paul Martin (3), Slap Shot. Assist: Ward
17:59 - Andrew Copp (6), Wrist Shot. Assist: Byfuglien, Petan
19:01 - Blake Wheeler (25), Wrist Shot. Assist: Scheifele, Byfuglien
3RD PERIOD
07:03 - Patrick Marleau (25), Wrist Shot. Assist: Karlsson, Spaling
12:02Power Play - Mark Scheifele (29), Backhand Shot. Assist: Ehlers, Petan
19:50 - Dustin Byfuglien (19), Slap Shot. Assist: Stafford, Dano
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
None
2ND PERIOD
01:42Braun, 2 min, Tripping
08:33Spaling, 2 min, Slashing
11:05Byfuglien, 2 min, Holding
14:44Stuart, 2 min, Slashing
3RD PERIOD
03:28Dillon, 2 min, Hooking
03:45Scheifele, 2 min, Holding
10:45Martin, 2 min, Kneeing
16:20Tanev, 2 min, Holding
Shots On Goal
 123T
WPG6101026
SJ691025
Goalies
GoalieMINSSGA
Ondrej Pavelec60:00214
Martin Jones59:41215
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Referees - Ian Walsh, Trevor Hanson
Linesmen - Ryan Galloway, Bryan Pancich
 
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