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Eric Comrie notches 1st career shutout as Jets blank Flyers

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Apr 27, 2022; Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN; Philadelphia Flyers forward Noah Farabee (86) tries to skate around Winnipeg Jets forward Paul Stasny (25) during the first period at Canada Life Centre. Mandatory Credit: Terrence Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Terrence Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Backup Eric Comrie made 35 saves for his first career shutout, while Kyle Connor posted his 46th goal and two assists to set a Winnipeg single-season points record, as the Jets rolled to a 4-0 victory over the visiting Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday night.

Nikolaj Ehlers and Blake Wheeler each had a goal with an assist while Pierre-Luc Dubois recorded his career-high 28th goal for the Jets (37-32-11, 85 points), who will miss the playoffs for the first time in five seasons, but have won two straight following a four-game skid.

With an empty-netter, Connor posted his 92nd point to top Wheeler’s records from 2017-18 and ’18-19 for the most in a season since the franchise’s relocation to Winnipeg (2011-12).

Meanwhile, Comrie, in just 27th career appearance since debuting in 2016-17, and 15th start this season for workhorse Connor Hellebuyck, was solid all night. He stood tall especially while helping shut down a Philadelphia power play in the final three minutes to earn his first victory since March 25.

Felix Sandstrom made 23 saves for the Flyers (25-45-11, 61 points), who got a handful of decent looks on Comrie. But their anemic power play, that entered with a league-worst 12.1-percent conversion rate, failed on all four chances en route to being shut out for the seventh time this season.

Philadelphia is 10-23-3 since a 3-1 home victory over the Jets from Feb. 1.

Winnipeg scored just 5:23 into the first period. During the opening seconds of a power play, Dubois slipped the puck by Sandstrom.

In the second period and again on the power play, Connor sent the puck to Ehlers, whose snap shot went in under the arm of Sandstrom at 7:33 into the middle frame. The Jets made it 3-0, this time at full strength, when Ehlers found a streaking Wheeler, who pushed the puck past Sandstrom with 4:45 left in the period.

Set to miss the playoffs for a second straight year, the Flyers lost five of their final six on the road, where they went 11-25-5 this season.

–Field Level Media