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Connor Hellebuyck earns first career shutout, Jets blank Penguins 1-0

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WINNIPEG - Rookie Connor Hellebuyck made 30 saves and Bryan Little scored on a penalty shot as the Winnipeg Jets defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 1-0 on Sunday.

It was Hellebuyck's first shutout in his nine-game NHL career ? and Winnipeg's first of the season.

The victory also stopped the Jets' (16-17-2) two-game losing skid.

The loss ended Pittsburgh's (17-15-3) two-game winning streak.

Penguins goalie Jeff Zatkoff made 27 stops in his eighth game this season.

Little's penalty shot was the first of his career and was awarded after he was pulled down on the way to the net by defenceman Ben Lovejoy.

He made Lovejoy pay for the play as he put his shot over Zatkoff's glove into the upper corner at 14:46 of the opening period.

Pittsburgh outshot the Jets 23-16 after two periods, but Hellebuyck kept them off the scoreboard with some crowd-cheering saves.

Zatkoff made a key save near the midway point of the third when Jets forward Drew Stafford had an open net, but his low shot was stopped by the stick of the sprawled netminder.

Jets head coach Paul Maurice juggled three lines because of the absence of centre Mark Scheifele (concussion).

Andrew Ladd was replaced by Stafford on the top line with Little and right-winger Blake Wheeler.

Ladd skated with Scheifele's replacement, centre Adam Lowry, and Alexander Burmistrov.

Mathieu Perreault went back to a centre slot between Nikolaj Ehlers and Chris Thorburn.

Winnipeg hosts Detroit on Tuesday, while Pittsburgh returns home to play Toronto on Wednesday.

Notes: The Jets put Scheifele on injured reserve Sunday for at least seven days because of a concussion he suffered in a collision with Andrew Ladd at Saturday's practice. Lowry was called up from the American Hockey League's Manitoba Moose ???The Penguins sat defenceman Kris Letang for precautionary reasons after he was hit in the head in Saturday's win over Minnesota.

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