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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Jets Look South as Season Ends

NEW YORK -- Losing a hockey game isn't such a big thing in Winnipeg. After all, the Manitoba capital may be losing its team.


A sellout crowd of 15,562 showed up Tuesday wearing white Jets jerseys, a long-standing playoff tradition. The fans booed "The Star Spangled Banner'' and drowned out "O Canada'' with cheers in what may have been the final North American National Hockey League game to be played at Winnipeg Arena.


After 23 years, the money-losing team is expected to be sold and moved to a U.S. city, possibly Minneapolis.


The L.A. Kings took the Winnipeg crowd out of the game early, scoring on their first two shots and keeping their playoff hopes alive with the 2-1 victory. The Kings can grab a postseason berth Wednesday if they beat the Blackhawks in their regular-season finale in Chicago and San Jose does not beat Vancouver. Or the Kings get in if they tie Chicago and the Sharks lose to the Canucks.


Capitals 7, Penguins 2. Peter Bondra scored twice, increasing his league-leading total to 34, and Olaf Kolzig stopped 36 shots to lead Washington over visiting Pittsburgh. The loss stalled the Penguins' bid to become the top seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs.


Quebec now can clinch first place Wednesday with a win or tie in its finale against visiting Hartford. The Penguins close at home against Florida.


The Capitals finished the season 22-18-6, clinching sixth place in the East.


Bondra remains two goals ahead of Pittsburgh's Jaromir Jagr, who also scored twice.


Elsewhere Tuesday, Philadelphia stopped the New York Islanders 2-0 and Florida edged the New York Rangers 4-3.


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Montreal was eliminated from playoff contention Monday night. The 2-0 loss to the Buffalo Sabres marked one of the lowest points in the Canadiens' illustrious 77-year history.


The Canadiens have had their worst season in 47 years after missing the playoffs for the first time since 1969-70.


Montreal finished with 92 points in 76 games that year and was eliminated on the final day of the season. The Canadiens needed to score five goals against the Chicago Blackhawks, but lost 10-3.


Montreal could have played that game without a goalie and still made the playoffs, provided it scored five times. Many praised the team for showing respect for the game by waiting until the second period to make the move.


"How can you play a game when you take the goalie out? That's not the way the sport is supposed to be played,'' said Yvan Cournoyer, who led the Canadiens that year with 63 points. "You're supposed to play the rules of the game.''


A team spokesman said general manager Serge Savard is tired of talking about what happened 25 years ago.


(For weekend results, see Scorecard.)