It’s a role that carries minimal significance in the grand scheme of things, but since the Winnipeg Jets have been reduced to being a spoiler, they have chosen to embrace the situation as they close out the regular season.
In their first game since officially being eliminated from the playoffs, the Jets got a concerted effort throughout their entire lineup and found a way to earn a 4-2 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs in a game that could prove to be costly to the Leafs' chase for an Eastern Conference playoff berth.
“It’s a lousy job, you don’t want to ever play spoiler,” said Jets head coach Paul Maurice. “But that’s where we were and we gave our best effort.”
It may be a lousy job but somebody has to do it.
“That’s kind of our role here down the stretch,” said Jets winger Blake Wheeler, who had a pair of assists to give him a career-high 67 points in 79 games this season. “It isn’t the most fun thing. We had visions of having a lot more to play right now, but if that’s o