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Hellebuyck, Jets hold off Wild

Makes 28 saves to give Winnipeg second straight win

by Jessi Pierce / NHL.com Correspondent

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Connor Hellebuyck made 28 saves for the Winnipeg Jets in a 2-1 win against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center on Tuesday.

 

[WATCH: All Jets vs. Wild highlights]

 

Hellebuyck is 6-0-1 this season with a 1.91 goals-against average and .940 save percentage.

"I was slowly improving all last year," Hellebuyck said. "… I really figured out my game and was able to replicate it. Now I know exactly what I'm doing every night."

Winnipeg (6-3-2) appeared to take a 1-0 lead when forward Joel Armia scored 47 seconds into the first period. On-ice officials initially ruled no goal and video review initiated by the officials determined there was a hand pass and the on-ice call was upheld.

Kyle Connor received a tip pass from Mark Scheifele and scored at 7:10 of the first period to give the Jets a 1-0 lead. Nikolaj Ehlers made it 2-0 43 seconds into the third period after picking off a drop pass by Wild defenseman Matt Dumba.

Video: WPG@MIN: Hellebuyck stands tall on Zucker, Spurgeon

Wild coach Bruce Boudreau kept Dumba on the bench for the final 19:17 as a result of the turnover.

"He just hasn't been playing that well," Boudreau said. "He's a good player that maybe I've set the bar pretty high for him and he hasn't reached that bar. I just thought that was an inexcusable play, and at some point you have to be accountable for your actions."

Luke Kunin scored his second NHL goal at 5:36 to make it 2-1.

Alex Stalock made 17 saves in his third start for Minnesota (4-4-2). It was Stalock's first loss to the Jets in four starts.

Winnipeg is 3-0-2 in its past five games.

"There's a lot of really good areas to improve on," Jets coach Paul Maurice said. "What I like is the general theme … I think we're playing faster. That's the style of game we have to play. We're moving the puck a little bit quicker, we're a little simpler through the neutral zone. I still think we can generate more shots, put more pucks to the net. Twenty games is the quarter pole, but we've been fortunate to have good goaltending, so we're on the right side of the ledger."

Video: WPG@MIN: Kunin lasers home Niederreiter's feed

 

Goal of the game

Connor's goal at 7:10 of first period.

Video: WPG@MIN: Connor hammers home deflection off skate

 

Save of the game

Hellebuyck's save on Mikael Granlund at 18:29 of the third period.

Video: WPG@MIN: Hellebuyck's late save on Granlund

 

Highlight of the game

Ehlers' unassisted backhand at 0:43 of the third period.

Video: WPG@MIN: Ehlers forces turnover for impressive tally

 

They said it

"Those guys are getting paid a lot of money too. I hope they would push. They score a goal, and I thought our next couple shifts were fast, direct, we got pucks behind them, had a couple chances there to extend the lead, and that's all you're looking for. You can't really expect to get a shutout every game in this league. They're going to score goals, and what you're looking for is how you respond, what your next few shifts look like, and I thought we were good." -- Jets captain Blake Wheeler

 

"Self-preparation, it hasn't been there for a few games right now. We were lucky to be in the position we were in in the last 10 minutes of the game. They had two breakaways, maybe three, and it could've been [3-0 or 4-0] going into the third period." -- Wild coach Bruce Boudreau

 

Need to know

The Jets are 27-for-31 (87.1 percent) on the penalty kill in their past nine games, including 15-for-16 in their past four. … Wild forward Nino Niederreiter had one assist and was plus-1 playing 14:09 in his first game after missing six with an ankle injury. It was his first point of the season.

 

What's next

Wild: Host the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday (8 p.m. ET; FS-N, TSN2, RDS, NHL.TV)

Jets: Host the Dallas Stars on Thursday (8 p.m. ET; TSN3, FS-SW; NHL.TV)

 

Video: Hellebuyck, Jets hold on for victory vs. Wild

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