WINNIPEG - The Winnipeg Jets had their playoff hopes officially dashed when they were sitting in their dressing room between the second and third periods of their regular-season finale tonight at MTS Centre.
Thatís when the Ottawa Senators beat the Carolina Hurricanes in overtime to clinch the last of eight playoff spots in the Eastern Conference. Just a few minutes earlier, the New York Rangers beat the Carolina Hurricanes in OT to grab the other spot.
The Jets led the Montreal Canadiens 2-1 going into the third period, but Habs rookie Brendan Gallagher scored early in the third to tie it and then the visitors took over from there. David Desharnais scored twice in the next 10 minutes and the Habs waltzed out of town with a 4-2 triumph.
The Jets finished with a 24-21-3 record and will end up in ninth place in the Eastern Conference. Itís the 12th time in the franchiseís 13-year history that has failed to make the playoffs.