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WINNIPEG — Connor Hellebuyck set a Winnipeg Jets record with a 4-0 win against the Vancouver Canucks at Bell MTS Place on Tuesday.
It was his 18th shutout for the Jets, most in Winnipeg/Atlanta Thrashers franchise history.
“We’re doing some good things right now,” Hellebuyck said. “So get the mind right and come out and battle super hard in practice, it does show in the game.”
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Kyle Connor had two goals and an assist for the Jets (25-18-4), who won for the first time in their past seven home games and defeated Vancouver for a 10th straight time.
Jacob Markstrom made 21 saves for the Canucks (25-18-4), whose last win against the Jets was Dec. 20, 2016.
“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,” Vancouver coach Travis Green said. “We’ve got to regroup and come back at home and play another good game again.”
Connor scored 1:22 into the first period for a 1-0 lead, and into an empty net with 2:11 remaining in the third period to make it 4-0.
Jack Roslovic extended the lead to 2-0 at 14:24 of the first period, and Blake Wheeler made it 3-0 at 1:12 of the second period on the power play.
Hellebuyck has four shutouts this season to lead the NHL. He attempted to score into an empty net with 2:43 remaining.
“That was pretty much the most perfect opportunity you’ll ever get,” he said. “It stops right there, I could skate up and do it. Only problem was, the puck turned on me a little bit. You’d like to be up by two and you’d like to have it in front of the net. Pekka Rinne did (for the Nashville Predators) it recently (Jan. 9), and he’s pretty gifted in that aspect, obviously. I liked my try.”
The Canucks completed a five-game road trip 2-3-0 and play home games against the Arizona Coyotes and San Jose Sharks prior to the NHL All-Star break.
“We’ve been strong lately at home,” Vancouver center Elias Pettersson said. “We played good today, but we’ve been strong lately at home. Hopefully we can continue with that, and hopefully we can get two more wins before the break.”
They said it
“I mean, hockeywise and creating chances, playing, we did good. It was a tough one to lose, for sure, and I’ve got to be better in the back end there. … If I save all three, we go to overtime.” — Canucks goalie Jacob Markstrom
“I said in the locker room to a couple guys, I remember my first year here (2017-18) and it was a Jets’ start that was pretty deadly. And I think we brought that out tonight.” — Jets forward Jack Roslovic
Need to know
Jets defenseman Carl Dahlstrom left the game in the second period with an upper-body injury. “[Dahlstrom] is going to get checked out tomorrow, but this one isn’t going to be short term,” Winnipeg coach Paul Maurice said. “I will give you more detail the day after tomorrow. This is not day to day.” … Maurice said defenseman Dmitri Kulikov was scratched because of the flu. … Connor has 12 points (seven goals, five assists) in his past eight games. … Ondrej Pavelec had 17 shutouts for Winnipeg/Atlanta in 379 games from 2007-17. Hellebuyck has played 251 games from 2015-20.
Canucks: Host the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday (10 p.m. ET; SNP, FS-A PLUS, NHL.TV)
Jets: Host the Tampa Bay Lightning on Friday (8 p.m. ET; ESPN+, TVAS, TSN3, SUN, NHL.TV)