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Martin scores on power play, Pens beat Jets 4-2
The Associated PressPosted: Thursday, April 3, 2014, 11:45 PM
WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) - The Penguins didnt even need Paul Martins winning goal to win their division for the second year in a row.
Martin returned after an 18-game absence and scored the winner to help the Pittsburgh Penguins eliminate the Winnipeg Jets from playoff contention with a 4-2 victory Thursday night.
Pittsburgh (49-23-5) won the NHLs Metropolitan Division title before the game was over because Philadelphia lost to Columbus earlier in the evening.
I dont think weve been playing the best hockey lately and the best that we can do, Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury said. Were missing some key guys in the lineup, too. More coverageWATCH: Flyers-Blue Jackets highlightsVOTE: Who’s best team in Eastern Conference?Latest hockey videos Forum: Will the Flyers make the playoffs?
It was only Pittsburghs third victory in its past seven games.
Martin, who was out because of a broken hand, made it 3-2 for the Penguins 11 seconds into a power play at 7:42 of the third period.
With Jets defenseman Mark Stuart in the penalty box for hooking, James Neal sent a pass into the slot for Martin, who fired a one-timer by goalie Ondrej Pavelec.
Hes really patient, Crosby said. His poise back there, his patience with the puck. Hes just really smart and that kind of calming aspect brings a lot to the power play.
Brian Gibbons added an insurance goal when the Jets turned over the puck and he beat Pavelec with a low shot at 16:24. Crosby had a pair of assists.
The Jets franchise hasnt made the playoffs since the team was the Atlanta Thrashers in 2006-07.
Dallas and Phoenix are tied with 85 points for the final spot in the Western Conference, but the Stars have a game in hand. They also still play each other.
Winnipeg has 78 points (34-34-10) and only four games left in the season.
The Penguins got goals from Beau Bennett and Greg Adams, too.
Olli Jokinen and Zach Redmond scored for Winnipeg. Fleury made 13 saves in his 37th win of the season, while Pavelec stopped 17 shots.
We missed the net 18 times. Thats more shots than we put on goal, said Jets coach Paul Maurice, who was sporting a cut on his forehead from an errant puck. So that, to me, was the difference from our offensive point of view.
Winnipeg tied the game at 1 2:52 into the second period when Blake Wheeler rushed to the net ahead of Penguins defenders and the rebound off his shot was fired into the net by Jokinen. The assist gave Wheeler a career-high 65 points this season.
Redmond, playing in only his fifth game this season, made it 2-1 for Winnipeg with his first goal of the season at 9:42 before Adams tied it with less than two minutes to go in the period.
Notes: With the win tonight, Pittsburgh head coach Dan Bylsma got his 250th career regular-season victory in his 396th game, the fastest coach in NHL history to reach that milestone. Anaheims Bruce Boudreau won 250 games in 416 games. ... Pittsburghs Brooks Orpik was playing in his 700th game. ... Its the second time in franchise history that Pittsburgh has won back-to-back division titles, with the last in 1992-93 and 93-94. Previous Story:Flyers putting themselves in a tough spotNext Story: Bobrovsky and Blue Jackets shut out Flyers The Associated Press #post2 .pw-icon.ra1-pw-icon-reddit {background: url() 0px 0px no-repeat !important;width: 60px !important;height: 20px !important;margin-right:8px;}#post2 .pw-icon.ra1-pw-icon-email {background: url() 0px 0px no-repeat !important;width: 71px !important;height: 28px !important;}0 comments

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