Jets Shutout Wild 2-0, for 3-1 Series Lead

Apr 19, 2018, 03:32
Jets Shutout Wild 2-0, for 3-1 Series Lead

He proved that Game 3 was an anomaly and that he is deserving of the Vezina Trophy that he found out he was a finalist for on Tuesday. Hellebuyck will have far tougher shutouts than this, though he made a couple of fabulous stops, the kind that make the difference between a punctual flight home Tuesday evening and an overtime that could have ended who knows how?

After being shelled in his previous outing and being benched after two periods, Hellebuyck bounced back to provide all the big saves as the Winnipeg Jets battled to a tense 2-0 victory over the Minnesota Wild at the Xcel Energy Center. With a 2-0 loss to the Jets, the Wild have to win to stay alive in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

There is no time to cry about the missed call, the only focus that the Wild should be taking is, how will they make the necessary adjustments to win game 5 in Winnipeg, where the white-out will be in full force in anticipation of the first playoff series win in franchise history.

"You can read hockey books and it might say, 'Shutout after [being] pulled", Hellebuyck cracked after it was all said and done. "I'm the tallest guy on the ice and he cross-checked me in the neck". He stopped 30 shots along the way. He's the presence this team needed late in Game 4, trailing 1-0 in the waning minutes of the third period with goalie Devan Dubnyk pulled for an extra attacker. Jason Zucker then batted the floating rebound out of midair but the puck could not wind its way into the net.

The Wild applied pressure in the third period, with six of the first seven shots on goal across 11 minutes.

With Tyler Myers nursing an injury, and Toby Enstrom not ready to return, the Jets could be scrambling for a replacement on the blue line should Morrissey be given a suspension.

Posting his first career playoff shut out on Tuesday after getting rocked for six goals in the previous game was a statement for Hellebuyck.

He blamed a lot of Hellebuyck's struggles on Sunday on the sluggish skating of his mates in front of him.

"We didn't learn anything about him", Maurice said of watching Hellebuyck come back with Tuesday's steady performance. We would have started the second period on a power play. They took a 3-1 lead in the first-round playoff series.

Sure, the Jets also swung the momentum after Josh Morrissey attempted to use Eric Staal's head as a piñata, with a brutal cross check to the earhole while standing in the middle of the offensive zone - a despicable act that was somehow missed by four officials.

And in this corner, you have Minnesota coach Bruce Boudreau - with his legion of angry Wild fans hanging on his every word - who called it a vicious, dirty hit that completely changed the outcome of Game 4. The hometown fans howled in ear-splitting protest as the popular player groggily dragged himself off the ice.

Morrissey has a hearing scheduled with the NHL's Department Of Player Safety on Wednesday afternoon. He finished the game with an empty net goal with just 10 seconds remaining in the game.

"That had a definite, definite impact", Boudreau said, emphasizing the timing of the sequence.

"My take is the same take that everyone in the building say it, is the refs saw it and decided not to call it because we were already on the power play. It cost us the game". He's been one of the best goalies in the League, he's been awesome for us.

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