Winnipeg picks up points in 13th-straight game
The Winnipeg Jets have improved to 27-9-4 on the season thanks to a 5-0 home shutout win over the visiting Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday night.
For the 30th-straight game, the Jets allowed three or less goals, this time it was a clean sheet for Connor Hellebuyck - the NHL's reigning third star of the month, who stopped all 29 shots he faced for his 21st win of the season.
So, for 75 percent of their games this season, the Jets' opponent has scored three or fewer goals.
This time, it was Cole Perfetti who helped get the job done on offence, as he scored twice in the win.
Brenden Dillon opened the scoring, while Gabe Vilardi and Josh Morrissey each also put a puck past Blue Jackets' netminder Daniil Tarasov.
The celebration was put on hold momentarily in the third period when star forward Mark Scheifele took a deflected puck off the earn and rolled around on the ice in pain before being guided off the ice and into the Jets' dressing room.
Appearing to be rather serious in nature, fans were delighted to see Scheifele with his teammates at centre ice giving high-gives to goaltender Connor Hellebuyck on this 34th career shutout sporting nothing but a slight cut to his ear.
Although not providing much of a comment postgame, head coach Rick Bowness made it clear that Scheifele had received stitches but should be good to go as the week continues on.
The four-game homestand continues on Thursday vs. the Chicago Blackhawks.
The extended photo library from Tuesday's game vs. Columbus s courtesy of James Carey Lauder and Scott Stroh:
Cole Perfetti on Connor Hellebuyck's father, Chuck, the team's apparent good-luck charm.
“I don’t think so. He should stay and keep tweeting and updating his life. It’s hard to let that go. We’re on a bit of a heater here and Helle’s playing great. It starts with him every night, he’s coming in bringing his A-game. Makes our lives a little bit easier. He’s been amazing. So has LB. Both guys back there have been really, really good. Made our lives easier. It’s fun. Makes life easy when you have two goalies like that.”
Cole Perfetti on his roommate Dylan Samberg:
“It’s nice. Normally 99% of the time he’s making my life harder and giving me a hard time. Almost like a brother. Always in each other’s ears and giving each other a tough time. Once we get on the ice, we’re together and he makes a play like that, makes up for all the times he makes fun of me. He’s good now. He gets to drive home now.”
The Winnipeg Jets now stay planted firmly at Canada Life Centre for the next three contests as a part of the four-game homestand featuring games against the Chicago Blackhawks, Philadelphia and New York Islanders over the next seven days. Two of the three games can be viewed on TSN at 7:00 PM central, while Saturday's game against Philadelphia can be viewed at 6:00 PM on CITY.