Why Connor Hellebuyck is Winnipeg’s X-Factor in push for playoff spot
The Winnipeg Jets were one of the best first half stories as they were able to stay firmly in a playoff spot, but when Connor Hellebuyck started to struggle, so did the team. Now that he’s on his game again, he’s showing how important he is to the rest of their season. The post Ron MacLean: Jacob Markstrom and the depth in the lineup has powered the Canucks lately appeared first on Sportsnet.ca.“I think last game I was good. Not good enough,” he said.
Video: POSTGAME | Jets 1, Canucks 0 - F. WINNIPEG - Mathieu Perreault said Sunday morning the Winnipeg Jets are getting more and more The win also improved Hellebuyck 's personal record against the Pacific Division to 11-1-0 this season. But his 10th career shutout didn't come easy, as in
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WINNIPEG — Connor Hellebuyck was happy to get his fourth shutout of the season, but he wished his attempt to score a goal would have been successful.
Hellebuyck made 41 saves as the Winnipeg Jets ended a six-game losing streak at home with a 4-0 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday.
He made some highlight saves, particularly in the third period. He even tried to shoot the puck down the ice into an empty net, but Vancouver forward Bo Horvat hit it down with his stick.
“I mean my heart was racing after that,” Hellebuyck said. “It was my first attempt, so I was trying to settle the puck and it just turned up on me. So I didn’t get everything I wanted on it.
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Get a recap of the Vancouver Canucks vs. Winnipeg Jets hockey game. It was the 18 th shutout of Hellebuyck 's career and gave him the franchise record for shutouts , surpassing Ondrej Pavelec. He earned it with some highlight saves, particularly in the third period, and even tried to shoot the puck
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“I don’t think it would have went in, but it’s a stepping stone.”
It was the 18th shutout of Hellebuyck's career and gave him the franchise record, surpassing Ondrej Pavelec.
Kyle Connor scored twice, one into an empty net, to give him a team-leading 24 goals for Winnipeg (25-18-4), which was 0-5-1 during its losing skid at Bell MTS Place.
Jack Roslovic and Blake Wheeler also had a goal each and Patrik Laine picked up a pair of assists for the Jets, who have won their past 10 games against Vancouver.
Jets coach Paul Maurice was fine with Hellebuyck testing his scoring touch.
“After the way that he’s played, he should have ownership of the way that it ends,” Maurice said. “I want him to take that shot.”
Jacob Markstrom stopped 21 of the 24 shots he faced for the Canucks (25-18-4), who have been shut out three times this season.
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WINNIPEG — John Hynes is getting some quality play from his goaltenders since taking over as head coach of the Nashville Predators last Tuesday. Hynes was behind the bench Sunday for his third game and watched as backup Juuse Saros made 28 saves for his first shutout of the season in a 1-0 victory over the Winnipeg Jets. Last Thursday, Nashville veteran netminder Pekka Rinne scored his first career goal in a 5-2 win against Chicago. “I thoughtHynes was behind the bench Sunday for his third game and watched as backup Juuse Saros made 28 saves for his first shutout of the season in a 1-0 victory over the Winnipeg Jets.
Four different Jets found the back of the net and Connor Hellebuyck turned away 30 shots, as Winnipeg posted a 4-2 victory against the Canucks .
< Connor Hellebuyck made 29 saves for his fourth shutout of the season as the Winnipeg Jets extended their home winning streak to six games with a 1-0 victory over the Vancouver Anders Nilsson stopped 35 shots for the Canucks ( 18 -23-6), who had lost 5-2 to Edmonton the night before.
The Canucks ended a five-game road trip going 2-3.
“I thought we played a really good hockey game,” Vancouver coach Travis Green said. “One might say it was our best game of the trip, really.
“But at this time of the year, as we go down the stretch you're going to have games like this where you play well and you don't win.”
Winnipeg led 2-0 after the first period and 3-0 after two.
The game got off to an unusual start for the Jets, who appeared to score three goals in the span of 37 seconds but only one counted.
During a wraparound by Jets centre Mark Scheifele, the puck went off Vancouver forward Brock Boeser and into the net at 1:18. However, a review showed the net had lifted off its mooring and the puck actually slid under the side of it so the goal didn't count.
Four seconds later, Connor got a cross-ice pass from Sami Niku and sent a one-timer past Markstrom on the glove side.
Defenceman Anthony Bittetto's point shot went by Markstrom at 1:55, but a Vancouver coach's challenge for offside was successful so the goal was no good.
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WINNIPEG — Anthony Cirelli had shaving cream on his ear, hair and T-shirt. He didn't mind, though. The foam was part of the celebration his Tampa Bay Lightning teammates gave him Friday after he scored his first career hat trick in a 7-1 routing of the Winnipeg Jets. “Yeah they were pretty excited,” said Cirelli, who's in his third NHL season. “I can’t really hear right now because it’s still in my ear, but I like to have some fun with it and it feels good.”Cirelli scored twice in the first period against goalie Connor Hellebuyck and his third goal went by Laurent Brossoit to make it 6-1 at 7:48 of the third.
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WINNIPEG - With their 10th consecutive win over the Vancouver Canucks - this one by a 4-0 After all, that shutout was the 18 th of his career , making the 26-year-old the franchise leader in that The Jets goaltender came out of his crease to play a loose puck in front of the net, but his attempt was
"Yeah a weird start of the game, but I thought we settled in for sure,” Markstrom said. “You can always say we played good, but we didn't win.”
The Canucks had an early power play, but Hellebuyck stopped J.T. Miller's shot.
Winnipeg made it 2-0 at 14:24 after Adam Lowry fed a long pass to Roslovic and he went in alone and fired the puck high past Markstrom.
Canucks forward Elias Pettersson hit the goal post late in the period.
The Jets began the second on the power play after a late first-period Vancouver penalty and made it count with Wheeler's goal at 1:12.
The Canucks had two power plays close together late in the period, but Hellebuyck turned aside a Boeser blast and then a Pettersson slap shot.
Winnipeg defenceman Carl Dahlstrom left the game late in the second with an upper-body injury and didn't return. Maurice said it “isn't going to be short term.”
After Horvat hit the crossbar behind Hellebuyck early in the third, the netminder made a number of slick saves.
He managed to smother a puck that was sliding around behind him, made a quick glove save on an Adam Gaudette shot and then splayed out to cover a puck in the last four minutes.
“He was outstanding from the start,” Connor said of Hellebuyck.
As for the goalie's scoring attempt, he was cheering Hellebuyck on to get a goal like Nashville netminder Pekka Rinne did last week.
“I was hoping for it,” Connor said. “Everybody saw Pekka Rinne’s, so yeah. It was funny.”
Winnipeg wraps up a three-game homestand Friday against Tampa Bay. Vancouver returns home to host Arizona on Thursday.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 14, 2020.
Judy Owen, The Canadian Press
Pastrnak hat trick helps Bruins hold off Jets 5-4 .
David Pastrnak had a hat trick to extend his point streak to 12 games and Jake DeBrusk added two goals, including the go-ahead score in the third period, to help the Boston Bruins hold off the Winnipeg Jets 5-4 on Thursday night. It was Pastrnak's third hat trick this season and eighth of his career. He has nine goals and 10 assists during his current point streak, and his 35 goals overall lead the NHL.Kyle Connor, Andrew Copp, Neal Pionk and Mark Scheifele had goals for the Jets. Nikolaj Ehlers added a pair of assists.Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck rested on the second night of the Jets' back-to-back.