Jets 3, Oilers 0
WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) _ Teemu Selanne scored his 76th goal as the playoff-bound Winnipeg Jets ended their regular season by blanking the vacation-bound Edmonton Oilers 3-0 Thursday night.
Alexei Zhamnov and Darrin Shannon also scored for the Jets, who face the Vancouver Canucks in the opening round of the Smythe Division playoffs Monday.
Selanne’s 76 goals and 132 points are NHL rookie records. Buffalo’s Alexander Mogilny scored twice Thursday night to tie Selanne for the overall goal-scoring lead.
Bob Essensa recorded the shutout as the Oilers closed the most ignoble chapter in their 14 years in the league by finishing 27 points behind fourth- place Winnipeg.
The Oilers not only missed the playoffs for the first time but set unwanted club records for fewest points, fewest wins and most losses.
Shannon had the only goal of the first period during which Jet defenseman Phil Housley suffered a charleyhorse. Housley, with 97 points, was trying to become the sixth defenseman in NHL history to score 100 points.
Winnipeg center Mike Eagles also left the game early with a back strain and Oiler Shjon Podein suffered an eye injury.
Selanne scored his 76th by beating Bill Ranford between the pads on a breakaway but the Edmonton goaltender shut the door on the right winger the rest of the way.
Selanne did beat Ranford again midway through the second but Oiler Dave Manson stopped the shot with his skates.
Zhamnov made it 3-0 late in the second when he scored on a rebound after Ranford had foiled Selanne.
The Jets turned the third period into a set-up-Selanne contest. But Ranford robbed Selanne with a quick glove save during a two-man Winnipeg power play and then stopped him again on a breakaway.
″Maybe I tried a little bit too much,″ said Selanne of his third-period attempts to score. ″Now we have a lot more important things to think about.″ Selanne had 11 shots on goal in all.
″I got lucky a number of times,″ Ranford said. ″He’s got a number of records already this year. So he didn’t get another one.″
The Jets are the first team in NHL history to have four rookies with 20 goals - Selanne, Zhamnov, Keith Tkachuk and Evgeny Davydov.
Jets coach John Paddock said Housley and center Mike Eagles, who left the game with a back strain, will be ready to play Monday in Vancouver.