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Jets shutout Kraken, 3-0, with three third-period goals

Seattle was shut out for the sixth time

Seattle Kraken right wing Oliver Bjorkstrand (22) shoots on goal but is blocked Winnipeg Jets left wing Nikolaj Ehlers (27) watching during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Friday, March 8, 2024, in Seattle. (John Froschauer/AP Photo)
By Tim Booth AP Sports Writer

SEATTLE (AP) — Laurent Brossoit made 17 saves for his first shutout of the season, Mark Scheifele scored his 19th goal 7:15 into the third period and the Winnipeg Jets beat the Seattle Kraken 3-0 on Friday night.

Adam Lowry scored with 8:32 left to give Winnipeg a 2-0 lead and the Jets pulled even with Dallas and Colorado at the top of the Central Division. Nikolaj Ehlers had an empty-netter with 49 seconds left.

Brossoit posted his fourth career shutout and his first since February 2022 while playing for Vegas and was rarely tested. Tomas Tatar had Seattle’s two best scoring chances, hitting the post in the second period and sending a backhand wide early in the third.

Seattle was shut out for the sixth time.

Scheifele finally broke through after more than two periods with limited chances for both sides. Seattle’s Jared McCann was unable to clear the zone at the blue line and Vladislav Namestnikov quickly found Scheifele in front of Kraken goalie Joey Daccord.

Scheifele has a point in six of the Jets’ last seven games.

Scheifele left the ice barely a minute later after getting called for tripping while stopping a breakaway attempt by Seattle’s Andre Burakovsky. Scheifele appeared to be clipped in the face by Burakovsky’s skate but returned late in the period.

The win concluded a busy day for the Jets, who added Tyler Toffoli and Colin Miller from New Jersey in separate deals ahead of the trade deadline.

The loss was a deflating missed opportunity for Seattle to make up ground in the Western Conference playoff chase. The Kraken started the night six points behind Vegas with two games against the Golden Knights over the next two weeks.

Daccord made 29 saves.

Seattle was without defenseman Vince Dunn for the second straight game after an ugly hit from Calgary’s Martin Pospisil that drew a three-game suspension. The Kraken also played the final two periods without forward Jaden Schwartz, who suffered an upper body injury in the first period and did not return.

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