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Hellebuyck looks to bounce back after tough night

The 23-year-old can't wait to get back on the ice after last night's loss to the Flyers

by Mitchell Clinton @MClinton007 /

BOSTON, Mass. - Over the course of the last 72 hours, Connor Hellebuyck has experienced a wide range of emotions.

Tuesday night, he stopped 27 shots en route to his third-career shutout as the Winnipeg Jets beat the Chicago Blackhawks at MTS Centre.

Fast forward to Friday morning, and the 23-year-old Hellebuyck can't wait to get back on the ice after four Philadelphia shots got by him in last night's 5-2 loss to the Flyers.

"Put it behind you and continue striving forward," said Hellebuyck, referring to what his next steps are following a tough night between the pipes. "That's just how hockey goes. There's 82 games and you can't look at one as the most important game of all. You just have to continue going forward and winning as many as possible."

Video: PRACTICE | Connor Hellebuyck

The winner of the first ever Mike Richter Award as the NCAA's best goaltender in 2014, Hellebuyck knows a thing or two about bouncing back. He showed that earlier this month when after being pulled against the New York Rangers on Nov. 6, he responded with a 28-save effort against the Dallas Stars on Nov. 9. It was a performance that included many key stops, including a cross crease beauty to rob Tyler Seguin.

Hellebuyck's next chance at redemption will come this weekend when the Jets play another set of back-to-back games, starting tomorrow night against the Boston Bruins at 6 pm CT, before dropping the puck less than 24 hours later in Carolina.

Head coach Paul Maurice says he plans to use both Hellebuyck and Michael Hutchinson in goal this weekend.

"(Hellebuyck's) play going into last night's game was really, really good. There's confidence there," Maurice said. "(We have) two young goalies that are going to learn how to do this. They're going to learn how to bounce back."

Video: PRACTICE | Paul Maurice


Chris Thorburn played in his 700th career NHL game last night in the 5-2 loss to the Flyers. It came two days after Thorburn scored the 50th goal of his career in the win over the Blackhawks.

Maurice says Thorburn's longevity in the league speaks to the mental toughness of the 33-year old.

"When he prepares for those games, the mental toughness to be willing to do what you need to do in that role, is as strong as maybe any in pro sports," said Maurice. "That role is as mentally demanding I think as any other role in sports.

"He might be the most positive guy in that room. That's part of that role. Probably the best liked by all people. Chris is one of those guys that will honestly and earnestly spend as much time as an 18-19 year old kid as the other veteran. He doesn't sequester himself with the old guys.

"He connects to everyone in the room."

- Mitchell Clinton,

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