Hellebuyck posts 1st shutout of season, Jets high Canucks 4-0

Adam Lowry had two targets, Connor Hellebuyck stopped 22 pictures for his first shutout of the season and the Winnipeg Jets beat the Vancouver Canucks 4-0 Monday evening

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Adam Lowry had two targets, Connor Hellebuyck stopped 22 pictures for his first shutout of the season and the Winnipeg Jets beat the Vancouver Canucks 4-0 Monday evening.

The shutout had loads of that means for Hellebuyck.

“It means you’ve lastly perfected a sport,” Hellebuyck stated.

“I’m by no means going to say my sport is ideal, however for one sport, with the blokes in entrance of me, we performed an ideal sport,” he stated. “Granted, there’s some luck in there and perhaps you could find some errors, however on the finish of the day, we’re wanting again at this like we performed our A-plus sport. And that is what we need to attempt to proceed shifting ahead with.”

Blake Wheeler opened the scoring for Winnipeg (19-11-2) halfway by means of the primary interval and Paul Stastny closed the sport with a purpose late within the third.

Thatcher Demko stopped 24 of 29 pictures for the Canucks (16-17-3).

“I assumed it was tight-checking sport,” Demko stated. “Going into the third down one, I felt we we’re in a fairly great place to make a push and tie it up and never loads anybody may do on a few these performs.”

It was Hellebuyck’s twenty first profession shutout. His final got here on March 6, 2020, when the Jets downed the Vegas Golden Knights 4-0.

The squad had been taking part in effectively however merely hadn’t earned the outcomes they needed, Hellebuyck stated.

“We’ve acquired plenty of character in that locker room,” he stated. “We wanted this one to point out that we’re taking part in the best approach and to not stray away from it. Everybody was taking part in their hearts out tonight and it actually confirmed.”

Vancouver was and not using a key piece for a lot of the third. Captain Bo Horvat hobbled to the dressing room in apparent ache after taking a slap shot to the foot halfway by means of the interval. He didn’t return.

Canucks coach Travis Inexperienced didn’t have an replace on Horvat’s situation post-game.

The win snapped a two-game skid for the Jets, who had their solely back-to-back losses of the season towards Edmonton final week.

Stastny sealed the win with a shot from the highest of the faceoff circle that sailed previous Demko with three minutes left on the clock.

Lowry buried his second of the evening 8:42 into the ultimate interval. Demko stopped a shot from Andrew Copp however couldn’t management the rebound and the puck landed on Lowry’s stick. He rapidly popped it into the online to provide the Jets a 3-0 lead.

Lowry had given the Jets some respiratory room earlier within the third with a shot from the dot that hit Canucks defenseman Travis Hamonic within the shoulder and ricocheted into the Vancouver web, placing Winnipeg up 2-0.

A turnover within the Jets finish led to Winnipeg’s first purpose of the sport.

Wheeler picked the puck off Canucks defenseman Alex Edler and streaked down the ice on a 2-on-1 breakaway with Stastny.

Vancouver’s Nate Schmidt dropped to the ice in entrance of the crease in an try and cease a move, however Wheeler saved the puck and slipped a shot by means of Demko’s legs to provide the Jets a 1-0 lead 9:41 into the opening interval.

The Jets dominated play by means of a lot of the second, permitting the Canucks simply six pictures on purpose.

NOTES: Each groups had been 0 for 1 on the facility play. … Canucks middle Brandon Sutter missed the sport with an undisclosed harm. He was changed within the lineup by Tyler Graovac. … Earlier Monday, Vancouver claimed middle Travis Boyd off waivers from the Toronto Maple Leafs.


The groups full a two-game set on Wednesday evening.


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