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Hellebuyck makes 24 saves, Jets shut out Ducks for 10th win in November

Ehlers scores fifth goal in past seven games, Wheeler, Laine each has two assists for Winnipeg

by Dan Arritt / Independent Correspondent

Hellebuyck records 2nd shutout

WPG@ANA: Hellebuyck stops all 24 shots in shutout win

Connor Hellebuyck stopped all 24 of the shots he faced, recording his second shutout of the season in the Jets' 3-0 win over the Ducks

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ANAHEIM -- Connor Hellebuyck made 24 saves for the Winnipeg Jets in a 3-0 win against the Anaheim Ducks on Friday.

It was the second shutout of the season for Hellebuyck and 16th of his NHL career. Ondrej Pavelec is the only goalie with more shutouts (17) in Jets/Atlanta Thrashers history.

"Our goaltender was really, really good again," Winnipeg coach Paul Maurice said.


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Neal Pionk, Nikolaj Ehlers and Kyle Connor scored, and Blake Wheeler and Patrik Laine each had two assists for the Jets (16-9-1), who are 10-2-1 in November and 7-1-0 in their past eight road games.

John Gibson made 17 saves for the Ducks (11-12-4), who are 3-6-4 in their past 13 games.

"We are doing a lot of good stuff out there, (but) make a bad play here or there and turn the puck over once, and it's in the back of the net," Anaheim forward Jakob Silfverberg said.

After going 15:07 between shots on goal in the first period, the Jets took a 1-0 lead on a power-play goal by Pionk at 1:08 of the second.

Video: WPG@ANA: Pionk scores PPG on heavy one-timer

Pionk, who drew a charging penalty on Nick Ritchie at 19:28 of the first, scored on a one-timer from the high slot.

Ehlers made it 2-0 at 9:13 on a wrist shot from the slot after receiving a pass from Wheeler from the right circle. It was his Jets-leading 12th goal and fifth in the past seven games. 

"He lets those fly," Wheeler said of Ehlers' wrist shot. "He's lethal in between the circles, so great shot by him."

Video: WPG@ANA: Ehlers caps nice passing play for 2-0 lead

Connor made it 3-0 at 1:51 of the third off a feed from Mark Scheifele from below the goal line for his 10th goal.

"We didn't get many shots in here tonight, we didn't give up many shots either," Wheeler said. "Just a matter of staying in that game."

The shots on goal were 4-4 in the first period.

"After the first, I thought it'd be a 10-to-12-shot game," Maurice said. "It was hard to generate. Both teams were blocking a lot of shots. It was not an offensive game early, it was more physical and kind of territorial." 

Video: WPG@ANA: Connor roofs the puck past Gibson in the 3rd

The Ducks' first shot came at 5:15 of the first period when Hellebuyck made the save on Sam Steel from the slot. 

Anaheim's Ryan Getzlaf hit the crossbar in the first, and Rickard Rakell got a puck through Hellebuyck's pads, but it slid wide of the goal line.

"We really needed one of those to go in tonight," Ducks coach Dallas Eakins said. "It was one of those games that I just thought whoever's going to score that first goal was probably going to have a pretty good chance at winning it, and obviously we didn't get it."

The Ducks, who came in 30th in the NHL on the power play (10.3 percent), had their only two opportunities with the man-advantage in the first period.

"We have to find a way to create momentum, even if we don't score on those," Ducks forward Adam Henrique said.

Video: Hellebuyck earns Saturday's Pepsi Zero Sugar Shutout


They said it

"It's in our DNA now. It's the expectation when we hit the ice every night, we don't shy away from tough games." -- Jets captain Blake Wheeler

"We've talked about our power play a lot and we're not going to stop doing that. If one unit goes out for a minute, we're getting one or two looks. We've got to get five or six. It's got to be volume." -- Ducks coach Dallas Eakins


Need to know

Winnipeg defenseman Dmitry Kulikov left with an upper-body injury after taking a hit from Carter Rowney at 7:27 of the first period. Maurice did not have an update. … Ehlers has 12 points (eight goals, four assists) in his past nine games against Anaheim. ... Laine has 10 points (three goals, seven assists) in the past seven games. ... Wheeler had two points in each of the past three games (one goal, five assists). … Connor has eight points (four goals, four assists) in the past seven games. ... Getzlaf had his point streak end at six games (two goals, six assists). … Anaheim is 0-9-3 when outshooting its opponent this season.


What's next

Jets: At the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday (10 p.m. ET; SN1, CITY, SNW, FS-W, NHL.TV) 

Ducks: Host the Los Angeles Kings on Monday (10 p.m. ET; ESPN+, SN, PRIME, FS-W, NHL.TV)

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