WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) – Connor Hellebuyck made 27 saves and Mark Scheifele scored a power-play goal as the Winnipeg Jets defeated Minnesota 2-0 on Tuesday night, halting the Wild’s six-game winning streak.
It was Hellebuyck’s third shutout this season and 27th of his career. Minnesota hadn’t been shut out this season.
Nate Schmidt added an empty-net goal for the Jets and Kyle Connor had a pair of assists.
Kaapo Kahkonen stopped 27 shots for Minnesota (28-11-4), which entered the game on a season-high, 10-game point streak (9-1-1)). A season-best, six-game point streak on the road also ended (5-1-1).
The Jets (19-17-7) were cheered by 7,012 fans after Manitoba COVID-19 restrictions were relaxed Tuesday to allow 50% capacity at Canada Life Center. Capacity is just over 15,300.
The Jets led 1-0 after a fast, heavy-hitting first period. Scheifele scored his 11th goal of the season during Winnipeg’s second power play of the opening period, at 8:57.
The man advantage came after simultaneous fights at center ice between Jets defenseman Brenden Dillon and Wild forward Jordan Greenway, and Winnipeg forward Adam Lowry and Minnesota forward Marcus Foligno. Greenway picked up extra time in the penalty box for roughing.
Scheifele took a pass across the front of the net from Kyle Connor and fired a shot high on Kahkonen’s stick side.
Hellebuyck was the difference-maker in the second period. He snagged Kirill Kaprizov’s wrister with his glove, then denied Minnesota’s attempts during its first power play of the game late in the period.
Shots on goal were 17 apiece after the middle frame.
Kahkonen excelled early in the third, stopping Scheifele on a breakaway. He then turned aside three shots when Winnipeg got its third power play.
Lowry and Foligno, who returned after missing two games with an upper-body injury, had another slugfest with 8:54 left in the period. Foligno got an added penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct when he kneed Lowry in the head.
Kahkonen made three saves during Winnipeg’s fourth power play of the game. He left the net with two minutes left for an extra attacker.
Schmidt scored his third goal of the season into the empty net from center ice with 1:11 remaining.
NOTES: Jets top defenSeman Neal Pionk and forwards Pierre-Luc Dubois and Austin Poganski missed the game due to the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol. … It was the first game in a stretch that has the Jets playing 11 games in 20 days.
Wild: Host Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday.
Jets: At Dallas Stars on Friday.
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