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Kyle Connor score twice, Jets beat Maple Leafs 4-2 in finale

Kyle Connor scored twice and the Winnipeg Jets beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-2 on Friday night in the regular-season finale for both teams.

Mason Appleton and Jansen Harkins, with an empty-netter, also scored and Connor Hellebuyck made 34 saves to help the Jets finish 30-23-3.

Pierre Engvall and Ilya Mikheyev scored and Jack Campbell stopped 20 shots for North Division champion Toronto. The Maple Leafs finished 35-14-7.

Toronto Maple Leafs' Nick Foligno (71) deflects the puck toward Winnipeg Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck (37) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Friday, May 14, 2021, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. (John WoodsThe Canadian Press via AP)

Toronto gave forward Mitch Marner the night off, with Adam Brooks taking his spot on a line with Auston Matthews and Alex Galchenyuk.

The game meant little as both teams already have their first-round playoff matches set.

The Jets start their first-round series with the Oilers on Wednesday night in Edmonton, while the Maple Leafs welcome Montreal for Game 1 on Thursday night — the first postseason meeting between the Original Six rivals since 1979.

Toronto Maple Leafs' Ilya Mikheyev (65) scores on Winnipeg Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck (37) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Friday, May 14, 2021, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. (John WoodsThe Canadian Press via AP)

Winnipeg had an early scare when forward Paul Stastny was hit into the end boards by Toronto defenseman Justin Holl on the game’s first shift. He went to the dressing room before returning later in the period. He stuck around for the second and had 7:47 of ice time, but didn’t return for the third.

Toronto Maple Leafs' Pierre Engvall (47) celebrates after scoring on Winnipeg Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck (37) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Friday, May 14, 2021, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. (John WoodsThe Canadian Press via AP)

Winnipeg Jets' Dominic Toninato (21), Mason Appleton (22) and Adam Lowry (17) celebrate Appleton's goal against Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Jack Campbell (36) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Friday, May 14, 2021, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. (John WoodsThe Canadian Press via AP)

Winnipeg Jets' Mason Appleton (22) scores against Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Jack Campbell (36) as Morgan Rielly (44) and TJ Brodie (78) defend during the second period of an NHL hockey game Friday, May 14, 2021, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. (John WoodsThe Canadian Press via AP)

Winnipeg Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck (37) makes a save on Toronto Maple Leafs' John Tavares (91) as Nick Foligno (71) applies pressure during the second period of an NHL hockey game Friday, May 14, 2021, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. (John WoodsThe Canadian Press via AP)