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Jets shut out Predators to end five-game skid

Connor Hellebuyck makes 42 saves, Drew Stafford scores first of season for Winnipeg

by Scott Billeck / NHL.com Correspondent

WINNIPEG -- Connor Hellebuyck made 42 saves and the Winnipeg Jets ended a five-game losing streak with a 3-0 win against the Nashville Predators at MTS Centre on Sunday.

Hellebuyck made 11 saves on the penalty kill in the third period when the Jets killed off six penalty minutes, including a high-sticking double minor.

"Just lately I've been feeling in that groove," Hellebuyck said. "I've liked the way I've been playing. Although they scored five goals last game, I still like the way I feel and I'm not losing my confidence from a goal here or there. I could see everything tonight and I had a little luck, too. Sometimes the puck just hits you."

 

WATCH: All Predators vs. Jets highlights

 

The Predators had 20 shots on goal in the third period.

Drew Stafford, Mark Scheifele and Adam Lowry scored for the Jets (10-12-2).

Hellebuyck made his 11th start in the past 13 games for Winnipeg and got his second shutout of the season. He made 27 saves in a 4-0 win against the Chicago Blackhawks on Nov. 15.

Juuse Saros allowed one goal on 22 shots in his second start of the season for Nashville (10-8-3). The Predators are 2-7-2 on the road.

"I think we played well the first 20 minutes and then second period wasn't nearly good enough," Predators defenseman P.K. Subban said. "The third period we had opportunities to score but couldn't put it in. We've got to understand that to win on the road, we need to play a full 60-minute game. That's what it's going to take."

Stafford scored his first goal of the season at 15:21 of the second period to make it 1-0. 

Stafford played in his ninth game this season and third since returning from a 15-game absence because of an upper-body injury.

"I've really only played three games this year so to get back in and feel like myself again and to be able to contribute on the score sheet was huge," Stafford said. "We needed this tonight."

Stafford nearly scored a few minutes later. Blake Wheeler found Stafford in the slot, but Saros got his glove on the puck to keep it 1-0.

Roman Josi had Nashville's best chance to score on a partial breakaway in the first period, but his deke attempt was saved by Hellebuyck's right pad.

Scheifele and Lowry scored into an empty net in the third period.

Jets forward Nic Petan left the game in the third period because of a lower-body injury and Jets coach Paul Maurice said after the game that he is day to day.

 

Goal of the game

Stafford's game-winning wraparound goal in the second period. Jacob Trouba's shot from the top of the right circle was saved by Saros, but Stafford picked up the rebound and tucked the puck behind Saros on a wraparound attempt.

Video: NSH@WPG: Stafford opens scoring with wraparound goal

 

Save of the game

Saros made a glove save on a point-blank shot from Stafford moments after the Jets scored to make it 1-0.

Video: NSH@WPG: Saros makes glove stop on Stafford in front

 

Highlight of the game

Josi made a move around Wheeler in the slot to send him in alone on Hellebuyck, who made a sprawling right pad save on a deke attempt.

Video: NSH@WPG: Hellebuyck robs Josi on the rush in 1st

 

Unsung moment of the game

Josh Morrissey got his stick in front of a shot by Ryan Johansen, who was looking at a wide open net, to keep the game 1-0 in the second period.

 

They said it

"I thought he was fantastic. The way their team has been playing, at home with a lot of pressure on, especially us beating them in Nashville with five goals, he deserves a lot of credit tonight. He played a great game." -- Predators forward Ryan Johansen on Connor Hellebuyck

 

"I think it's extremely important. It gets the morale and character back in the room and we can start building some confidence now. I don't think anybody is hitting the panic button. We just needed to get back to our game and that's what we did tonight. Now that we know how we need to play to win we can continue forward and continue to get better." -- Goalie Connor Hellebuyck on the Jets ending their five-game losing streak

 

Need to know

Nashville killed off four power plays and are 39 for 40 in November. … The Predators failed to score for the first time in five games on the power play. … The Jets are 7-0-0 this season when leading after two periods. … Winnipeg is 1 for 16 on the power play in their past seven games after going 0 for 4 against Nashville.

 

What's next

Predators: At the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday (9 p.m. ET; ALT, FS-TN, NHL.TV)

Jets: Host the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday (8 p.m. ET; TSN3, MSG+, NHL.TV)

 

Video: Hellebuyck's 42 saves leads Jets to shutout win

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