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Jets shut out Wild in Game 4, one win from advancing

Hellebuyck makes 30 saves; Winnipeg hangs on after Scheifele goal in first

by Jessi Pierce / NHL.com Correspondent

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Connor Hellebuyck made 30 saves for the Winnipeg Jets in a 2-0 win against the Minnesota Wild in Game 4 of the Western Conference First Round at Xcel Energy Center on Tuesday.

Mark Scheifele scored two goals for the Jets, who lead the best-of-7 series 3-1. Game 5 is at Winnipeg on Friday.

 

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It was the first Stanley Cup Playoff shutout for Hellebuyck, who was named one of three finalists for the Vezina Trophy as the best goalie in the NHL earlier Tuesday. He was pulled for the third period of Game 3 on Sunday after allowing six goals on 22 shots in a 6-2 loss.

"Anytime you get scored on, you get better from it," Hellebuyck said. "We went back and prepared the same way. There's no differences in my game, no matter if I give up 10 or pitch a shutout."

Video: WPG@MIN, Gm4: Hellebuyck stops Seeler's tough bid

Scheifele gave the Jets a 1-0 lead when he scored with a one-timer off a give-and-go with Kyle Connor with 28 seconds left in the first period. He scored into an empty net with 11 seconds remaining to make it 2-0.

"We know we didn't play our game the other day, and we knew we wanted to get back to our fast game, and I felt like we got to that right off the bat," Scheifele said.

Devan Dubnyk made 26 saves for the Wild.

"You can't start looking at the hill you have to climb overall -- that's not how you have to approach it. It's next game," Dubnyk said. "We have to win one hockey game in Winnipeg, and we're more than capable of doing that."

The Wild played without forward Zach Parise, who is out week to week after fracturing his sternum in the third period in Game 3. Parise's three goals in the series lead Minnesota.

Video: WPG@MIN, Gm4: Dubnyk stymies Connor with pad

 

Goal of the game

Scheifele's goal at 19:32 of the first period.

Video: WPG@MIN, Gm4: Scheifele strikes on give-and-go

 

Save of the game

Hellebuyck stopping Eric Staal at 14:45 of the first period.

Video: WPG@MIN, Gm4: Hellbuyck stuffs Staal in front

 

Highlight of the game

Hellebuyck's save on Matt Dumba 40 seconds into the second period.

Video: WPG@MIN, Gm4: Hellebucyk steals goal from Dumba

 

They said it

"[Mark Scheifele] was outstanding. Especially in Game 2, that (top) line had done all they needed to do except score. At some point, you need your drivers to be the difference in the game, and they were the one line we had that had some sustained offense and some pressure. Scored a huge goal at the end of the period. They needed that, a good feeling, and to be a clear difference-maker." -- Jets coach Paul Maurice on Scheifele, Blake Wheeler and Kyle Connor

 

"Well, bottom line is we need to win the next one. We have a couple days off and we gotta lick our wounds and get ready for the next one. This is far from over." -- Wild forward Mikael Granlund

 

"I really feel bad for him. When we found out yesterday, the sadness on his face was more affected by, here's a guy that's worked so hard to get back to where he was and so hard to want to play for his hometown and bring glory and he finally gets to that spot, and this happens, you know." -- Wild coach Bruce Boudreau on injured forward Zach Parise, who likely is out the rest of the series after missing the first 39 games of the regular season following back surgery

 

Need to know

Game 5 will be the first time the Jets/Atlanta Thrashers franchise will have a chance to advance in the playoffs. ... Winnipeg defenseman Tucker Poolman had three shots on goal and one blocked shot in 8:17 in his NHL playoff debut. He replaced Tyler Myers, who was injured on a hit by Wild forward Marcus Foligno in Game 3. ... The Jets have scored the first goal in each game of the series. ... Pekka Rinne of the Nashville Predators and Andrei Vasilevskiy of the Tampa Bay Lightning are the other Vezina finalists. ... With Parise out, center Matt Cullen was named Wild alternate captain for the game, and forward Tyler Ennis made his 2018 postseason debut. Ennis was minus-1 with one shot goal in 7:14.

 

What's next

Game 5 of Western Conference First Round at Bell MTS Place on Friday (7:30 p.m. ET; USA, SN, TVAS2, FS-N)

 

Video: Scheifele nets two as Jets claim Game 4, 2-0

 

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