Connor Hellebuyck backstops Jets to shutout of Avalanche

Connor Hellebuyck backstops Jets to shutout of Avalanche

Connor Hellebuyck made 25 saves for his fifth shutout of the season as the Winnipeg Jets blanked the Colorado Avalanche 3-0 on Saturday.

Patrik Laine scored his team-leading 24th goal, rookie Jack Roslovic was credited with his second and Nikolaj Ehlers put his 20th into an empty net for the Jets (31-13-9).

Blake Wheeler added a pair of assists as Winnipeg extended its point streak to seven games (5-0-2). It was the third game of a season-high, 10-game homestand (2-0-1).

Semyon Varlamov was back in net for Colorado. He missed 10 games in total with an injury and backing up Jonathan Bernier in the Avalanche’s overtime win in Edmonton on Thursday.

The veteran netminder stopped 29 shots as the Avalanche (28-19-4) wrapped up a season-long, six-game road trip with the loss (2-3-1).

Winnipeg led 1-0 after the first period and kept that edge until a Wheeler shot bounced off Roslovic and went up and over Varlamov into the net at 5:17 of the third.

Published at Sat, 03 Feb 2018 22:16:36 -0500