The Winnipeg Jets are another step closer to winning the Central Division title after edging the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3 in overtime. Kevin Hayes scored the winner when he was able to get to the Chicago net and use all of his 6-foot-5-inches to slide the puck past the extended right skate of Corey Crawford. Perhaps poetic justice for the Jets who thought Mark Scheifele had scored the clincher with three minutes left — only to have the goal disallowed on an offside call following a video review — and then having Chicago tie it just 40 seconds later.
Besides Hayes, Jack Rosolovic scored a pair of goals while Adam Lowry added his 12th of the season for Winnipeg who now have a magic number of two for nailing down the Division crown. St. Louis swapped places in the standings with Nashville by edging Colorado 3-2 in a shootout to stay within two points of the Jets. And the Avalanche upped their lead over Arizona for the No. 2 wild card to two points – with three games to play. Interesting that Colorado and the Coyotes will be the opponents for the back end of Winnipeg’s trip, after they play the Wild tonight in Minnesota.
The two conference leaders refused to cruise. Tampa Bay picked up their 60th win by beating Ottawa 5-2 and Calgary, one night after clinching top spot in the West, did not let up in smoking L.A. 7-2.