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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Jets Ice L.A. As Gretzky Awaits Deal


WINNIPEG, Canada -- Keith Tkachuk scored twice in the first period and Ed Olczyk had three assists as the Winnipeg Jets edged Los Angeles 4-3 in what may have been Wayne Gretzky's last game with the Kings.

Chad Kilger and Darrin Shannon also scored Monday and Alexei Zhamnov had two assists for Winnipeg, which moved three points ahead of the Kings in the race for the final playoff berth in the National Hockey League's Western Conference.

"This was a big game for us tonight in the standings," Los Angeles winger John Druce said. "We battled back, but were unsuccessful in the end."

Gretzky, who assisted on the first Kings goal, is rumored to be on the verge of going to the St. Louis Blues.

"I would imagine something's going to happen in the next little bit here," Gretzky said of a possible trade. "Exactly what's going to happen, I don't have the answer."

Gretzky has demanded to be traded to a Stanley Cup contender if the Kings do not promise to build a contender around him.

"I'm scheduled to meet with the owners tomorrow," Gretzky said. "If I stay, hopefully they will dip into the free-agent department."

Avalanche 3, Ducks 2. In Denver, Warren Rychel and Claude Lemieux scored 3:33 apart in the second period and Alexei Gusarov assisted on all three Colorado goals as the Avalanche beat the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim 3-2 for their fifth consecutive victory.

Patrick Roy made 25 saves, allowing only a short-handed goal to Joe Sacco in the first period and Teemu Selanne's 32nd goal of the season at 13:01 of the third.

Sharks 7, Canadiens 4. In San Jose, Owen Nolan's second goal of the game with 9:14 to play snapped a tie and boosted the Sharks to a 7-4 win, their first-ever triumph over the Montreal Canadiens.


There was one trade in the NHL Monday. The Calgary Flames traded Phil Housley, like Gretzky, due to be an unrestricted free agent after the season, to the New Jersey Devils for Jocelyn Lemieux, Tommy Albelin and Cale Hulse.

The Flames, in the back of the playoff pack, also sent Dan Ketzmer to the defending Stanley Cup champions, whose offense has struggled this season. (