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MONTREAL (AP) With some top veterans sitting out http://www.officialflames.com/authentic-...han-jersey , the youngsters took center stage for the playoff-bound Winnipeg Jets.Sami Niku scored in his first NHL game and Kyle Connor got his 30th goal of the season in overtime and the Jets downed the Montreal Canadiens 5-4 on Tuesday night.Add to that Patrik Laine’s 44th of the season to move only two behind Washington’s Alex Ovechkin for the NHL lead.”Any goal you score in this league is great, but overtime, and the way we stuck with it the whole game, it’s awesome,” said 21-year-old Connor. ”This group is so good.”We all push each other every day.”Nikolaj Ehlers, with his 29th, and Jack Roslovic also scored for the Jets, who reached 50 wins and moved within three points of first place overall and Central Division rival Nashville with two games remaining for both clubs. The Jets finish the regular season with home games Thursday against Calgary and Saturday against Chicago.Winnipeg Mikkel Boedker Jersey Womens , which ended a four-game road trip, had already established a club record for wins in a season. The Jets have won nine of their past 10 games.Alex Galchenyuk forced overtime with a power-play goal at 18:18 of the third period. Artturi Lehkonen, Paul Byron and Kerby Rychel also scored for Montreal in its last home game of the season.”I liked the way we kept working hard and got back in the game,” Canadiens coach Claude Julien said.The lineups had a preseason look as the Jets rested Mark Scheifele, Blake Wheeler, Adam Lowry, Jacob Trouba and Josh Morrissey with what were called minor injuries. And Montreal has regularly been using several minor league call-ups of late.”We’re so deep, you can see http://www.officialavalanche.com/authent...roy-jersey ,” Connor said.The Jets were all over Montreal early and got the lead at 12:25 on a power play when Laine wired a goal to the top corner with an off-wing shot. Ehlers finished a 3-on-1 by knocking in Paul Stastny’s pass at 14:19.Roslovic one-timed Tucker Poolman’s pass along the ice from the left faceoff dot to score at 15:58, but Montreal got it back at 19:00 when Lehkonen picked up a loose puck in the slot and beat Steve Mason.Byron reached the 20-goal mark for a second straight season as he banged in Brendan Gallagher’s rebound 3:19 into the third period and Rychel tied it 3-3 with a deflection after a faceoff in the Winnipeg zone at 10:15.Only 24 seconds later, Niku scored on a wrist shot through traffic from the slot.”The puck was coming and I shot and I think it was lucky,” Niku said. ”I think it hit one of their players.”It was really nice to play my first game at the Bell Centre. Montreal is such a big hockey town.”Montreal was on a power play and had Carey Price pulled for an extra attacker when Galchenyuk’s shot from the right circle was juggled by Mason and dropped into the net with 1:42 left in regulation.Connor one-timed Roslovic’s pass for the game-winner three minutes into overtime.It was the 557th game for Price, who passed Jacques Plante for the Canadiens record for games played by a goaltender. A video tribute was played at 6:13 of the first period with messages from goaltending greats Ken Dryden and Patrick Roy and an emotionally moved Price got a long ovation. Plante has the team record for wins with 314.”Nobody enjoys losing, it wasn’t a lot of fun this year, but it’s nice knowing that we have the support,” said Price Womens Samuel Girard Jersey , who stayed out the longest as the players signed autographs for fans after the game.”Obviously it’s tough when things aren’t going good, but there’s no better place when things are going well and that’s just a taste of it.”UP NEXT:Jets: Host Flames on Thursday.Canadiens: Travel to Detroit to face the Red Wings on Thursday.— TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — It was another memorable night for Nikita Kucherov, Vinny Lecavalier and the Tampa Bay Lightning.Kucherov scored twice while breaking Tampa Bay’s single-season record for points, leading the Lightning to a 3-2 victory against the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday.Ryan McDonagh also scored for NHL-leading Tampa Bay, which has won 14 consecutive regular-season games against Detroit. Louis Domingue stopped 22 shots in his 20th victory of the season.Thomas Vanek and Anthony Mantha scored for Detroit, which fell to 1-6-3 in the past 10 games. Jonathan Bernier finished with 30 saves.“We didn’t rise to the occasion tonight, not even close Semyon Varlamov Jersey ,” Detroit coach Jeff Blashill said. “Too many guys weren’t skating.”Kucherov, one of the front-runners for the NHL MVP award, has 110 points through 69 games. Lecavalier held the previous franchise record, finishing with 108 points when he had 52 goals and 56 assists during the 2006-07 season.The record-setting point came on Kucherov’s 32nd goal. He was alone at the top of the crease when he got a pass from Brayden Point and flipped the puck over Bernier at 11:56 of the first period.“It’s special for me and my family, definitely,” Kucherov said. “I don’t think many people believed in me and I’m just trying to keep proving them wrong. I’m happy for myself and thanks to all the guys for helping me out. Without them I wouldn’t have this much success.”Said Lecavalier in a statement: “Kuch is an unbelievable player. He is so dominant and talented that it is no wonder he broke my Lightning record for most points in a season. I’d like to personally congratulate Nikita for the accomplishment.”The Lightning became the first team this season to clinch a playoff berth after Montreal lost to Anaheim late Friday. It marked the second quickest in terms of games (68) needed to clinch a playoff spot since 2005-06.But Tampa Bay feels as if there is plenty to accomplish in the final few weeks of the season.“We’ve talked about this a lot, to have consistency in our game,” coach Jon Cooper said. “I thought tonight … we really didn’t give them much. I really liked the way we played from start to finish.”McDonagh also scored in the first on a wrist shot from the center point Sergei Boikov Jersey , helping Tampa Bay build a 2-0 lead.The two-goal advantage held up until late in the second period when Vanek deflected a Niklas Kronwall pass past Domingue for a power-play goal with 3.1 seconds left.Kucherov also scored on a one-timer from the right circle 13:53 into the third for his 33rd multipoint game of the season. Mantha got one back for Detroit with 56 seconds left, but Tampa Bay held on.“It’s really frustrating,” Mantha said of the losing streak to the Lightning. “I mean it (stinks) that we can’t win against these guys. I don’t know what it is. I mean (Bernier) played an unbelievable game tonight. He probably saved four or five goals against and we couldn’t build anything offensively.”NOTES: D Jan Rutta made his Lightning debut after he was called up on an emergency basis on Friday. … The Lightning were without D Dan Girardi (lower body), LW Adam Erne (upper body) and D Anton Stralman (lower body), who are all listed as day to day. … Detroit C Dylan Larkin missed his third consecutive game with a neck injury. … Domingue made his first start on home ice since Dec. 10. … Detroit’s last regular-season victory against Tampa Bay came on Nov. 3, 2015. … Mantha has three goals and nine points in his past eight games. … Bernier fell to 0-4-3 in his past seven decisions.UP NEXTLightning: At Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday.Red Wings: At Florida Panthers on Sunday.