Hellebuyck Leads Jets to a 4-2 Victory Over the Blues


Hellebuyck Leads Jets to a 4-2 Victory Over the Blues

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In Winnipeg on Tuesday night, Connor Hellebuyck once again demonstrated exceptional skill, securing a 4-2 NHL victory for the Jets against the St. Louis Blues. Hellebuyck made an impressive 18 saves, including two critical breakaways, at Canada Life Centre.

The scorers for Winnipeg (3-3-0) were Kyle Connor, Mason Appleton, David Gustafsson, and Morgan Barron (an empty net goal). St. Louis replied with goals from Robert Thomas and Pavel Buchnevich.

This game marked the Jets’ first without head coach Rick Bowness, who temporarily stepped away due to his wife’s health. Bowness’ wife, Judy, has now been discharged.

St. Louis’ goaltender, Jordan Binnington, made 26 saves out of 29 shots.

Despite Thomas’ late effort with Binnington off for an extra attacker, narrowing the score to 3-2, Barron sealed the victory with an assist from centre Mark Scheifele.

In the third period, Connor extended the Jets’ lead to 3-1 with a spectacular play. Defenceman Nate Schmidt set up the opportunity, allowing Connor to outsmart a defender and send a shot past Binnington.

The Blues managed to pull within 2-1 with a power-play goal in the second period. Buchnevich deflected a shot from Brayden Schenn while Dylan Samberg was penalized. Centre Jordan Kyrou also played a crucial role in this milestone power-play goal for the Blues.

The Jets kicked off the scoring with two rapid-fire goals in the second period, just 18 seconds apart. Gustafsson struck first, firing a one-timer past Binnington, thanks to a setup from Cole Perfetti. Defenceman Dylan DeMelo also contributed to the play. Appleton swiftly followed, sending a shot past Binnington on a pass from centre Adam Lowry. Defenceman Neal Pionk completed the setup.

Hellebuyck showcased his brilliance, denying Kyrou on two clear breakaways in the second period. Binnington also made a crucial save against Lowry during a short-handed breakaway.

Both goaltenders displayed remarkable skill during a scoreless first period. Binnington thwarted a backhand attempt by Winnipeg forward Nino Niederreiter, who was in a prime scoring position. Hellebuyck made an exceptional stop against Blues winger Kasperi Kappenen, who had a 2-on-1 opportunity late in the period. Additionally, Hellebuyck denied Brandon Saad’s attempt to convert Kyrou’s rebound into an open-net opportunity. He also made a crucial save against winger Jake Neighbours from the faceoff circle.

In other news, Judy Bowness, Rick’s wife, has been discharged from the hospital and is recovering at home. Mark Scheifele entered the game with a five-game point streak, a career first for him. The Jets’ record for the longest streak at the start of a season is held by Blake Wheeler at eight games. Josh Morrissey, a Jets defenseman, was tied for first among NHL defensemen with five assists heading into the game. Forward Nikolaj Ehlers needed just two points to reach 400 in his career. Former Winnipeg Jets captain Keith Tkachuk was recently honored with induction into the Blues Hall of Fame.

Looking ahead, the Jets will face the Red Wings in Detroit on Thursday night, while the Blues will travel to Calgary to take on the Flames on the same night.

This report by The Canadian Press was initially published on October 24, 2023.

Jim Bender, The Canadian Press.

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