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Jets rout Flames 5-1 to close regular season

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Lee Stempniak had a goal and assist and the playoff-bound Winnipeg Jets set a franchise record for points in a 5-1 rout of the Calgary Flames on Saturday.

Drew Stafford, Michael Frolik, Adam Lowry and Matt Halischuk also scored for the Jets.

The win gave the Jets 99 points, two more than the Atlanta Thrashers earned in 2006-’07 before their relocation to Winnipeg in 2011.

The Jets (43-26-13) also tied the franchise record for wins.

Michael Ferland scored for Calgary, which had its three-game winning streak end.

The fans at MTS Centre gave a standing ovation when the Jets stepped onto the ice for the warmup against the Flames.

The fans rose to their feet again a minute before the final whistle. Players then raised their sticks to salute the fans, who will watch NHL playoff action in Winnipeg for the first time since 1996.

Calgary (45-30-7) will play the Vancouver Canucks in the first round of the playoffs. The Jets’ playoff opponent will be determined later Saturday. Winnipeg will play either St. Louis or Anaheim in the opening round.

Michael Hutchinson started for the Jets and stopped 24 shots. Winnipeg rested goalie Ondrej Pavelec after three straight shutouts.

Joni Ortio made 17 saves for the Flames in his sixth game this season and first since Jan. 21.

Both teams gave a number of key players the game off, including Andrew Ladd, Blake Wheeler and defensemen Tyler Myers and Jacob Trouba for Winnipeg.

Calgary sat Johnny Gaudreau, Sean Monahan, Jiri Hudler and defensemen T.J. Brodie and Dennis Wideman.

Winnipeg scored four consecutive goals in the third period.

Ferland got the Flames going 33 seconds into the first period when Hutchinson was caught out of the net.

Sam Bennett, playing in his first NHL game, brought the puck around the net on a wraparound. It went into the air and Ferland batted it in for his second goal of the season.

The lead only lasted 15 seconds when Stafford sent a high shot at Ortio that hit his glove and went in for Stafford’s 18th of the season.

Frolik notched his 19th goal of the season 47 seconds into the third period. He intercepted a Calgary shot near his goal and passed it to Mark Scheifele, who sent it back across to him for a high shot that beat Ortio for a 2-1 lead.

Stempniak scored his 15th of the season at 6:48 and rookie Lowry made it 4-1 just 58 seconds later when he created a turnover and scored his 11th of the season. Halischuk finished the third-period barrage with a goal at 18:59.

NOTE: The Flames had won the two previous games against Winnipeg this season by three-goal margins.

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