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Reto Berra helps Avalanche to 1-0 shootout win; Jets still clinch playoff berth

  • Colorado Avalanche goalie Reto Berra makes a save against the Winnipeg Jets during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, April 9, 2015, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

    Colorado Avalanche goalie Reto Berra makes a save against the Winnipeg Jets during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, April 9, 2015, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)  (The Associated Press)

  • Winnipeg Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec (31) blocks a shot agains the Colorado Avalanche during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, April 9, 2015, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

    Winnipeg Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec (31) blocks a shot agains the Colorado Avalanche during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, April 9, 2015, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)  (The Associated Press)

  • Colorado Avalanche defenseman Zach Redmond (22) steals the puck from Winnipeg Jets left wing Jiri Tlusty (91) during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, April 9, 2015, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

    Colorado Avalanche defenseman Zach Redmond (22) steals the puck from Winnipeg Jets left wing Jiri Tlusty (91) during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, April 9, 2015, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)  (The Associated Press)

The Winnipeg Jets clinched their first playoff spot in eight seasons Thursday night despite a 1-0 shootout loss to the Avalanche.

Ryan O'Reilly and Matt Duchene scored in the shootout, and Reto Berra stopped both Winnipeg shots. Berra finished with a season-high 41 saves, then stymied Blake Wheeler and Andrew Ladd in the shootout.

The Jets received help from Calgary to squeeze into the playoffs as a wild card when the Flames beat Los Angeles. The last time the franchise made the postseason was in 2006-07, when the team was the Atlanta Thrashers. The Jets are making their first playoff appearance since relocating to Winnipeg for the 2011-12 season.

Ondrej Pavelec had another brilliant night, stopping 21 shots through overtime. But O'Reilly beat him with a backhanded shot and Duchene followed with another.

Colorado did not make the playoffs this season.